Sponsored by the Korumburra Medical Centre
On Saturday 24th September the Leongatha Cycling Club held at Poowong the first of a tri-series of events sponsored by the Korumburra Medical Centre. Although the rider numbers were down on what was expected, those who participated enjoyed the event on a warm spring day.
Scratch races were the event format with four grades riding a short hilly 17.5Km course. With 22 riders competing in the event the grades comprised – A grade with six riders riding three laps of the course, B grade two laps with five riders, C grade two laps with six riders and D grade one lap with five riders. There were five riders from other Club’s competing on the day.
Adding a touch of humour to the day, an anonymous red devil appeared during the event on the Loch-Poowong road climb into Poowong, but even the devil was not enough to inspire some riders who found the hilly course too demanding by not completing the last lap.
The climb back to Poowong had the riders stretched out as they crossed the finish line, with Stuart Smith winning A grade, Matt Parkinson second and Austin Timmins third. B grade was won by Oliver McLean, with Leigh Stott second and David McFarlane third. C grade was won by Conner Bagot, Damien King second and Shaun Donaldson third. D grade was won by James Williams closely followed by Kaleb Jans second and Robyn Baker third.
After a successful event, a social get-together with the trophy presentation to the winners’ along with the Road season awards were held in the Poowong hotel. The prize pool for the event included $500 in cash, vouchers from Wheelheat bike shop in Wonthaggi, 2 entries to the ‘Bass Coast Cycle Challenge’ being held on November 12th at Inverloch, as well as a meal voucher for the Poowong hotel.