Second race in the Bendigo Weekly Scratch Race Aggregate series today with the 35 kilometre hotdog circuit at Woodstock in play.
Only 22 brave souls ventured out on Grand Final morning so there were two main grades as well as a couple of starters in C Grade where Michelle Francis left riding partner Peter O'Brien early to win in a strong solo effort. B Grade was largely intact at the hall on the first pass but a long effort from David Cripps and then the slog into the wind back from the turnaround resulted in only half a dozen lining up for the sprint. Timing is everything on days like this and Chris Draper proved the benefit of experience by winning in his first ride back from a long break from Peter Body and Leigh-Ann Dynon just pipping Greg Chapman for third. A grade was a more aggressive affair after a relatively sedate cruise down to the Newbridge turnaround. David Bakes tried to jump away a number of times before making one stick with 13 kilometres to go, Murray Rankin just managed to get on his wheel and the pair opened up a good break heading to Maryborough Road. David kept the power on and rode the last seven kilometers solo to win convincingly, making it two from two in the Bendigo Weekly Series. The chasers were reduced to just five riders in the run home and Ric McIntosh had little trouble in winning the bunch sprint to take second ahead of Ian Stringer.