The track season had a low key start on Friday night following a few cool nights for training on a Wednesday night and then a cold Friday to start the holiday weekend. There were just 5 riders to brace the elements so after a few rides most were happy to have an early night.
The senior field saw Austin Timmins put in a respectable 1 lap time trial time of 32.01 sec. His time was just ahead of Oliver McLean at 32.85sec who took a fair lump of his best time of last season. Caleb Murphy clocked a 44.31 sec lap. The club saw some junior girls in action. Willow Bakogiannis clocked 63.00 sec for the lap whilst friend Emilie Hadock rode a 70.95 sec lap for a first effort on the bike.
The riders were given a 1 lap handicap and Caleb Murphy riding from 120m just made it to the line in front of Austin Timmins on scratch and Oliver McLean on 10m. In the re-handicap, Oliver, who was lifted out to 20m, blitzed the field for an easy win from Austin just getting the best of Caleb (90) at the line.
For the girls, Emilie had a start of 40m over Willow and the handicapper did a great job with the riders almost locked together at the line but again it was a close win to Emilie. The re-handicap saw Emilie pulled to 35m but with a good start, she raced home a clear winner to make it 2 from 2.
The night finished with a sprint between Oliver and Austin. Oliver lead out at the bell but Austin quickly raced through to take the lead and look the winner. However with limited racing over recent months Austin soon tired and Oliver stormed past up the finish straight to take the win.
Training, weather permitting is at 6.00pm of a Wednesday night. The club has a range of bikes available to allow rookies to have a try at track racing. It is a great place to learn some riding skills so the club welcomes anyone – young or old – to come and have a try.