Stuart Smith rode the tough 38km handicapped Dumbalk/Mardan course with 18 other keen LCC members and finished first and with the fastest time of 58min 22seconds. It was his 1st ride with us for some time as he has been busy with higher profile races in Australia and elsewhere with the Victorian team Search To Retain. The weather was ideal for racing being cool and hardly any wind.
Our junior riders Austin Timmins (14) and Harrison McLean (16) have made giant strides in the last few races as they become comfortable riding with the seniors. Harrison, starting in the 6 rider 8 minute bunch was able to stay with the “scratchies” as they caught all in front of them and was able to hang on and finish 5th. Austin started in the 5 rider 5 minute bunch and rode very strongly up the big hill to Mardan to catch the 8 minute bunch. He was then able to out-sprint the 6 rider bunch chasing the “scratchies” at the finish to finish 6th, a fine effort.
At the start Stuart gave a minute to Brett Franklin and Thomas McFarlane, 3 minutes to bunch of 4 riders, 5 minutes to a bunch of 5 riders, 8 minutes to a bunch of 6 riders and 15 minutes to the lone out marker Damien King. At the finish, at the top of the Horn St hill, it was Stuart 1st, Brett 2nd, Will Lumby (another recently moved up junior) who started in the 3 minute bunch 3rd, Thomas 4th and Harrison 5th.The others were Austin 6th, Neil White 7th, Kevin Feely 8th, Brad Boquet 9th and to complete the top 10 Rod Cheyne.
Four juniors raced an out-and-back course on Nerrena Rd. Bernadette Fitzgerald started on scratch and gave away 30 seconds to Grace McLean, 5 minutes to Thomas Fitzgerald and 6 min to Oliver McLean. At the finish Bernadette won with fastest time of 33min 39sec, Oliver 2nd, Grace 3rd and Thomas 4th.
Thanks to corner marshals Peter McLean and David Lumby, official Jim Geary and to Steve Wilson for finalising the handicaps. Next week will be another handicapped race, this time at Korrine.
Please note Cycling Victoria’s requirement from 25th June that ALL RIDERS MUST have a red flashing rear light visible from 200 metres.
report by Kerry Pritchard
|58mins 22s FT
George Martin trophy
This trophy is in honour of the Club’s first president.
George was an ex-racing cyclist who was influential in the formation of the Club, becoming the president for the first 3 years. He continued his involvement with the Club as referee and handicapper in the early years.