Velodrome 10th November 2017

The Club enjoyed great conditions for racing on Friday night and riders showed improved times from last week to this week. In the 1 lap time trial to start the evening Austin Timmins pulled almost 1 second of his time from the previous week to record a smart 31.15 sec even though he has done minimal training before the track season. Ollie McLean was consistent with a time of 32.22 sec whilst Tom Fitzgerald rode a 35.06 sec lap. In the Juniors Willow Bakogiannis also took 1 sec of her time from last week to get round in 59.25 sec. whilst Emiley Hadicke was almost 10 sec quicker at 61.7 sec. Willow and Emiley are keen youngsters of around 10 years and it is great to see their excitement at the track.

In the 10 lap scratch race Oliver McLean used his superior fitness to break away from the others with 4 laps to go. This enabled him to come home a clear winner from Austin and Thomas. In the junior event over 2 laps it was a close battle right to the line with Willow getting home by a half wheel.

It was the on to some 1 lap handicaps. In the first of the senior races, Austin Timmins riding from scratch started well and had the field covered by the 200m mark and duly took the win from Ollie (10m) and Tom (30). In the re-handicap, Oliver was moved out 5m and Tom 10m and these changes plus limited time for recovery for Austin saw Ollie take the win from Tom with Austin 3rd. In the junior event, Emiley was pulled back from her mark of last week but found plenty of improvement to again mess the handicapper up with a clear win. In the second handicap, The handicapper exacted revenge shifting Emiley to Scratch and putting Willow on 15m. In a close finish it was Willow getting the win from Emiley.

The riders were given a short break before a sprint round. Oliver McLean managed to gain a small break on the other 2 and this enabled him to grab a further win over Austin and Tom. In the Junior race, Emiley showed increasing confidence and determination and scored another win over Willow.

To finish the night, the seniors raced a 6 lap scratch making it 6 efforts in the hour and once again the better fitness level of Ollie McLean allowed him to control the outcome and take another win from Austin and Tom.

Training will be on again on Wednesday night at 6.00pm. However club members are reminded that the AGM will be held on Wednesday night starting at 8.00pm – the Leongatha Car Club rooms. Members are urged to come along and help shape the coming year for your sport.

Lindsay

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