Members enjoyed a great evening on Friday for racing and the riders helped by producing some close finishes which kept the judges on their toes. First up was the 1 lap time trial. Grace Peterson was back for the first race in 2019 and showed no ill effects from the big Xmas break as she posted anew PB and fastest time for the night at 45.58sec. Next best time was Renee Hardacre at 48.02sec but showing improved starting skills. Kate Geary rode a 49.15 sec whilst Emiley Hadicke was at 51.45 sec.
The riders followed up with a 3 lap scratch race and Kate Geary lead into the back straight but Grace moved quickly around to open up a lead which she carried through to the finish for a clear win whilst Emiley also finished well to grab 2nd from Kate and Renee.
The riders then lined up for the first handicap over 1 lap. Kate Geary (20) was quickly of the mark closing the gap to the limit rider and heading for the line. However, a concerted effort by Grace (scr) saw her flash home to score a narrow win whilst Renee(15) took out 3rd. The re-handicap saw Kate (30) once again move away well early and hit the front and this time she carried the lead all the way for a win from Renee (25) and Emiley (55) in 3rd.
The handicapper then devised 2 teams – Grace and Emiley versus Renee and Kate for a 1 lap Olympic sprint. In what was a very close race it came down to the time keepers to sort the result with Kate and Renee winning in 46.09sec from Grace and Emiley in 49.26 sec.
To keep the momentum going the riders were then given an elimination. Renee went to the front and set the pace and this effort saw Kate out first followed by Emiley leaving Grace and Renee to wage a determined sprint to the line. In a photo finish it was Grace that grabbed the honours over Renee.
The riders then had a fun event – a slow race on the grass. This was all going well until around 5m from the finish when two riders went too slow and fell off. Best effort went to Renee for this event.
Too finish the night the riders had a sprint heat – heat 1 saw Grave and Renee battle it out and once again in a photo finish it was Grace getting the nod. In the other heat it was Emiley against Kate. In another close result the win went to Emiley narrowly from Kate.