The Club road titles were raced at Korrine on Saturday on another fantastic autumn day – sunshine, temperature in the high teens and no wind.
The senior road title was raced over 3 laps of the 17km circuit with 12 riders contesting. The bunch stayed together for most of the race with various riders trying to get a break but none being successful until the last lap and the final run up the hills for the Kongwak roundabout. Brett Franklin and Clem Fries managed to eke out a small break and they kept this until the sprint. The dash to the line saw Brett claim the win from Clem. Another minor sprint battle was waged for the final podium spot and this went to David Supple from Ronald Purtle. Chris Rowe lead the bunge home for 5th ahead of Steve Allen, Phil Camenzuli, Neil White, Kevin Feely and Phil Hanley rounding out the top 10.
In the senior B grade race over 2 laps, the riders had the pace on from the start. Justin Matthews and Sarah Bowman put the pressure on up the hills and only David Lumby answered the challenge. At the end of the first lap this trio had a handy break on the other 7 riders and were keen to keep the advantage. At the end of lap 2 it was a clear win to Justin whilst David Lumby edged out Sarah for the minor placings. Next home was Kerry Pritchard just ahead of Steve Wilson, Mark Bensley, Tony Giles and Michael Park completing the bunch.
In the Junior 17 race it should have been a battle between our top ranked junior riders however by the halfway mark it was Will Lumby on his own as Thomas McFarlane had punctured. He was pursued all the way to the line by Harrison McLean. There was a further gap back to Bernadette Fitzgerald taking the bronze medal.
In the junior 15 race the field suffered a fall in numbers as Aaron Fraser withdrew even before the start with illness. However, Austin Timmins waited until the climb up McGraws Road before putting the pressure on. He rode away and cane home a clear winner. Next in was Alex Bennett whilst Grace McLean finished well for the bronze medal. It was a good ride to Thomas Fitzgerald to complete the circuit as he was our lone under 11 rider.
Next week the club members will race the 3 day Tour of Gippsland. The Leongatha Club will conduct the Sunday race from the Leongatha Secondary College with racing starting at 11.00am and racing through Nerrena and Mardan.
|Place||Senior A 52.8Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Brett Franklin||1hr 32mins 20s||34.31|
|2||Clem Fries||1hr 32mins 23s||34.29|
|3||David Supple||1hr 32mins 35s||34.22|
|4||Ronald Purtle||1hr 32mins 35s||34.22|
|5||Chris Rowe||1hr 32mins 47s||34.14|
|6||Steve Allen||1hr 32mins 55s||34.10|
|7||Phil Camenzuli||1hr 32mins 55s||34.10|
|8||Neil White||1hr 32mins 55s||34.10|
|9||Kevin Feely||1hr 32mins 55s||34.10|
|10||Phil Hanley||1hr 32mins 55s||34.10|
|11||Tony Clark||1hr 37mins 57s||32.34|
|Place||Senior B 35.2Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Justin Matthews||1hr 1mins 57s||34.09|
|2||David Lumby||1hr 2mins 26s||33.83|
|3||Sarah Bowman||1hr 2mins 26s||33.83|
|4||Kerry Pritchard||1hr 3mins 16s||33.38|
|5||Steve Wilson||1hr 3mins 16s||33.38|
|6||Mark Bensley||1hr 3mins 32s||33.24|
|7||Tony Giles||1hr 4mins 03s||32.97|
|8||Michael Park||1hr 4mins 03s||32.97|
|9||Damien King||1hr 11mins 49s||29.41|
|10||Ben Stein||1hr 11mins 49s||29.41|
|Place||Junior U/17 17.6Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Will Lumby||32min 53s||32.11|
|2||Harrison McLean||33min 35s||31.44|
|3||Bernadette Fitzgerald||35min 55s||29.40|
|Chloe Baggs||35min 56s||29.39|
|Place||Junior U/15 17.6Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Austin Timmins||33min 27s||31.57|
|2||Alex Bennett||36min 17s||29.10|
|3||Grace McLean||39min 28s||26.76|
|4||Thomas Fitzgerald||44min 07s||23.94|
|Sam Warren||35min 27s||29.79|