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Gozo Classic 2011

Etienne Bonello roars to victory at Nadur Classic

Team Greens Etienne Bonello remains unbeaten after a brilliant show of force last Sunday.

This year’s Gozo Classic race was organised by Greens Cycling Club in Nadur.

The race, which will also features in the upcoming Tour of Malta in a few weeks time, was well contested with all the local clubs fielding their best  athletes.

Action started immediately after a few kilometres with Melita Pedal Power clearly showing their determination to take over the race.

Patrick Scicluna managed an early breakaway together with Qormi Paul Zarb and Team Greens’ Peter Gatt.

Gozitan hopeful Dominic Cutajar, of Mosta AF Sign Studio, also had a couple of shots at the race.

It became interesting when Gatt and Zarb lost ground as Scicluna powered his way in front increasing his gap.

Back in the main group Team Greens and Qormi immediately started chasing down the leader. A determined Melita attacked the chasing group with Maurice Formosa and Clive Ebejer who managed to open a gap.

With three Melita riders on the loose, the chasing from Team Greens and Qormi intensified with David Galea, Etienne Bonello and Fabio Spiteri doing most of the hard work  to timely reel in all the leading riders just a few kilometers from the finish.

The race was destined to a final sprint when Chris Gatt of Greens tried a final move in the end which however was immediately neutralised by Galea.

Into the final sprint, it was an impressive Bonello who, after chasing for much of the race, roared to the line with his hands in the air.  

Maurice  Formosa was second with Christian Formosa in third and David Galea a very tight fourth to Formosa.

The race was made possible with the assistance of the Nadur Local Council and KMS coordinator Joe Bajada, who also presented the trophies to the winners.

The Gozo Police played an valuable role as they provided a  traffic-free safe race circuit. Thanks also went to club officials, helpers and time keepers.  

The event was sponsored by Greens Supermarket and BBB Bike Parts


TEAM GREENS GOZO CLASSIC
20th March 2011
Greens Cycling Club would like to invite all clubs and their members for the second edition of the Gozo Classic race which will be held in Nadur on Sunday 20th March 2011.  This will be the same circuit that will host the third stage of this year's Tour ta' Malta.  Team Greens is proud to organise this race on new Gozitan soil. A great effort is being made in order to make this race possible and insert it in the local calendar. We urge everyone to cross the channel and experience the second edition of the
'GOZO ClASSIC'
Race details:

Date: Sunday 20th March 2011     
Start: 9:00am
Meeting Point: Infront of Horse race course
Participation Fee: €7.00 - Under15 & Nurseries Free

Categories:

  •  Elite 76.8km (12 laps)

  •  Ladies 51.2km (8 laps)

  •  Juniors 64km (10 laps)

  •  Masters 64km (10 laps)

  •  50 + 51.2km (8 Laps)

  •  60+ 44.8km (7 laps)

  •  U15 9km (2laps)

 
Other info:

  • This event is being organised following MCF race regulations.

  • MCF race numbers are to be used.

  • Lapped riders can be stopped from the race if ordered by race officials

  • No Team cars will be allowed on circuit however team helpers with spare wheels can be positioned anywhere on the circuit.

  • Feeding is allowed from anywhere on the circuit as long as it is safe to do so.

  • Feeding is to be made on the left hand side of the road only.

  • Public transport and coaches will be allowed to pass.





Prizes:
A prize ceremony will be held shortly after the finish. We invite everyone to remain in the area for the presentation. Prizes are as follows

  • Elite   First three riders

  • Juniors   First three riders

  • Ladies    First three riders

  • Masters  First three riders

  • 50+   First three riders

  • 60+   First three riders

  • U15   First three Boys & Girls

  • Nurseries  Token to all



We urge all clubs to send us their participation list by Wednesday 16th March 2011.

All those taking the ferry on Sunday morning, we suggest to take a ride on the 6:45am or 7:30am ferries to make it on time.  Saturday 19th is a public holiday for those who want to spend the weekend on the sister island.


 
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