Tarwin Lower 15th May 2010

With great autumn weather conditions there were 26 riders who turned up at Tarwin Lower on Saturday afternoon for club racing.  Weak sunshine and light southerly winds meant the ride out to the Cape Liptrap intersection was a head wind and tail wind on the return run.  The 22 seniors were split over 5 bunches with limit at 13 minutes and 3 riders.  They were followed by 5 riders on 10 minutes, a solo rider at 6 minutes, 4 riders at 3 minutes, 5 riders at 2 minutes whilst scratch consisted of 4 riders.  The race out to the turn passes over the low rise at around 12km before tackling the 2 km climb up to the turn.

The 10minute bunch riders caught the limit bunch up the climb and it was Liam McCall and Rod Cheyne leading the field back.  They were followed by Tony Giles, Ken Barnes and Mark Dixon, then Lindsay Love and Rod McCall.  Rod was having his first ride and was going well but tired on the run back.  Meanwhile the 2 minute and 3 minute bunch had got together and was making a charge back to the finish.  With a bunch of 7 working well the remaining 3 scratch riders were in danger of losing time.

The big bunch motored back to Tarwin Lower picking up 5 riders but out front it was Rod Cheyne powering home on his own who claimed the win followed by Liam McCall finishing just ahead of the bunch.  The bunch sprint was one by Eamon Feely in 3rd place followed by Phil Camenzuli 4th, Neil White 5th, Elliot Gin 6th, Lindsay Love 7th, Peter Hollins 8th, Mark Dixon 9th and Tony Clark rounding out the top 10.  The scratch bunch was lead home by Tom Debenham who claimed the Fastest Time in 59.05 sec by 1 sec from Phil Camenzuli.

In the junior event over 10km new rider Mat Minogue riding his mountain bike made the most of his handicap to claim the win.  He finished just ahead of the other riders with the handicapper doing a great job as Mitch Gin just managed to push ahead of James Scott before the finish to claim the minor places.  Not far behind with another good ride in fastest time was Tom McFarlane.


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