The 2014 road season concluded with trophy races for both the seniors and juniors. The racing was once again around the Pound Creek circuit and like last weekend the riders were able to enjoy a glorious afternoon on the bike. Whilst last weekend the seniors had a scratch race, this Saturday was a handicap. The seniors raced for the Lex Watt Trophy whilst the juniors raced for the Watchorn Trophy.
The Father’s Day weekend appeared to play havoc with the entries however with a couple of visitors to help make up numbers it was a good spread of riders who contested the senior race. Brett Franklin had Daniel Strauss riding with him of scratch and they were giving a 4min start to a quartet including Ben Meadley who was having his first race of the season. There were 5 riders on 7 minutes and a further trio on limit at 14 minute. After the first lap (24km) it was the 4 minute bunch who had made the biggest move having almost caught the 7 minute bunch and with the limit riders in site. The scratch duo were struggling to make inroads into the handicap. At the end there were 8 riders contesting the sprint and a clear win went to Ben Meadley in 1.21.33min. Next home was Austin Timmins followed by Neil White, Davis Supple, Kevin Feely, Harrison McLean, Kerry Pritchard and Colin Maninveldt. Brett Franklin was next home in 9th and fastest time at 1hr 20min.55 with co marker Daniel Strauss taking 10th spot.
In the Junior race over 20km it was Bernadette Fitzgerald on scratch with a duo on 30 sec, one at 2min, a rider on 8 min and younger brother Thomas on limit at 14minutes. The juniors had the benefit of the senior riders coming past to give them a bit of encouragement. However, the lure of the trophy had them all working harder. Oliver has ridden a minute quicker than the previous week and rounded up Thomas on the Pound Creek Rd to take out the trophy race. Thomas has held on for 2nd whilst Grace and Alex, who also rode a minute quicker than the previous week had the leaders in site but had to settle for a sprint for 3rd. Alex took a narrow edge for 3rd plus Fastest Time 43.32min. Bernadette missed the co-marker from last week and was a minute slower in 5th whilst last weeks winner was brought undone by the handicapper.
Stuart Smith has been competing in the National Road Series Tour of Gippsland. Stuart had a 4th in the first stage at Warragul, a win in the second stage King of the Mountains and was in a good place. However, the 4th stage from Sale to Port Albert saw him delayed by a fall and time loss to put him out of contention.
The Club also wishes junior Thomas McFarlane and Austin Timmins the best of luck for the National Road Titles next weekend, to be raced at Toowoomba QLD. Thomas races in the Under 17 section whilst Austin is in the Under 15 division.
Next weekend the Club has scheduled a Sunday training ride from 9.00am at the Outtrim reserve. All riders welcome.
report by Lindsay
|Place||Senior 51.5Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Ben Meadely||4mins||1hr 21mins33s||37.89|
|2||Austin Timmins||4mins||1hr 21mins33s||37.89|
|3||Neil White||7mins||1hr 24mins33s||36.55|
|4||David Supple||4mins||1hr 21mins33s||37.89|
|5||Kevin Feely||4mins||1hr 21mins33s||37.89|
|6||Harrison McLean||11mins||1hr 28mins 33s||34.90|
|7||Kerry Pritchard||11mins||1hr 28mins 33s||34.90|
|8||Colin Manintveld||7mins||1hr 24mins33s||36.55|
|9||Brett Franklin||scratch||1hr 20mins55s FT||38.19|
|10||Daniel Strauss||scratch||1hr 20mins55s||38.19|
|11||Brad Bouquet||7mins||1hr 27mins23s||35.36|
|12||Steve Wilson||11mins||1hr 34mins36s||32.66|
|13||Rod Cheyne||7mins||1hr 30mins36s||34.11|
|14||Chris Rowe||7mins||1hr 38mins0s||31.53|
|Place||Junior 21.9Km||Handicap||Time||Av. Speed|
|1||Oliver McLean||8mins||49mins 52s||26.35|
|2||Thomas Fitzgerald||13mins||55mins 39s||23.61|
|3||Alex Bennett||0.5mins||43mins 32s FT||30.18|
|4||Grace McLean||0.5mins||43mins 32s||30.18|
|5||Bernadette Fitzgerald||scratch||44mins 0s||29.86|
|6||Matt Winchester||2mins||45mins 58s||28.59|