Racing on Saturday was held at Korrine, with a reduced field of 13 senior riders and five juniors. The seniors were competing for the annual Sprag trophy over 2 laps with good conditions, but typical of July with the odd patch of sunshine and an occasional shower of rain.
The seniors rode a two lap handicap of the Korrine circuit, with Damien King a lone limit rider off 15 minutes. Stephen Wilson and Rod Cheyne were the next group riding from 10 minutes, a bunch of three on seven minutes, with five in the next bunch on two minutes and Brett Franklin and Kevin Feely riding from scratch.
After the first lap the two minute bunch had pulled back half the handicap advantage of the seven minute trio, comprising Harrison McLean, Brad Bouquet and Phil Hanley. Brett off scratch was also making significant gains of the field, but it was a day for the out-markers with Damien riding strongly to hold on to his advantage over Stephen and Rod until the last kilometre. Rod Cheyne out-sprinted Stephen Wilson to win, with Damien another 31 seconds back finishing third, Brett Franklin with fastest time finishing fourth, followed by Will Lumby, David Supple, Austin Timmins, Harrison McLean, Ronald Purtle, Brad Bouquet, Phil Hanley, Kevin Feely and Steve Allen.
Five juniors were handicapped to ride one lap of the course with Thomas Fitzgerald and Oliver McLean riding off limit, with five minutes to Matt Winchester then a further three minutes to Grace McLean and Bernadette Fitzgerald on scratch. The handicapper got it pretty right with all riders finishing within just over a minute of each other. Bernadette claimed the win with the fastest time of 36mins even from Grace, with Matt in third place.
In the 100Km Melbourne to Ballarat on Saturday, Stuart Smith (Leongatha) riding with a 23 strong scratch bunch finished 25th out of a field of 193 riders.
report by Lynton
|Place||Senior 35.2Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Rod Cheyne||10mins||65mins 01s||32.48|
|2||Steve Wilson||10mins||65mins 01s||32.48|
|3||Damien King||15mins||71mins 32s||29.52|
|4||Brett Franklin||scratch||57mins 07s FT||36.98|
|5||Will Lumby||2mins||59mins 08s||35.72|
|6||David Supple||2mins||59mins 08s||35.72|
|7||Austin Timmins||2mins||60mins 43s||34.78|
|8||Harrison McLean||7mins||67mins 53s||31.11|
|9||Ronald Purtle||2mins||64mins 07s||32.94|
|10||Brad Bouquet||7mins||66mins 07s||31.94|
|11||Phil Hanley||7mins||69mins 01s||30.60|
|12||Kevin Feely||scratch||62mins 38s||33.72|
|Place||Junior 17.6Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Bernadette Fitzgerald||scratch||36min 00s FT||29.33|
|2||Grace McLean||scratch||36min 33s||28.89|
|3||Matt Winchester||2mins||39min 59s||26.41|
|4||Oliver McLean||8mins||44min 16s||23.86|
|5||Thomas Fitzgerald||8mins||44min 22s||23.80|
“Wonthaggi Sprag award”
The Sprag trophy was instigated in 2000 by Rob Aitken (president 2005-8) for the Wonthaggi based members riding with the Club. The trophy is associated with Wonthaggi ‘s past Coal industry and a “Sprag” was used in the wheels of the coal trucks to stop them rolling.
Definition:( 1.a simple brake on a vehicle, especially a stout stick or bar inserted between the spokes of a wheel to check its motion.) – not recommended for bicycle front wheels!
2001 Brendan Murphy
2002 Mark Murphy
2003 Tony Smith
2004 Rick Whitehouse
2005 Brett Franklin
2006 Nick Aitken
2007 Eamonn Feely
2008 Nick Aitken
2009 Nick Aitken
2010 Morgn Barnes
2012 Ronald Purtle
2013 Thomas McFarlane
2014 Rod Cheyne