The cycling gods smiled on us today. We had great weather, a strong field of over thirty riders and the opportunity to take a bit of cash from club stalwart and race sponsor Ric Richard Mcintosh.
Try rider Emily Ryan had a tough introduction to Vets racing when she rode off second limit by herself and saw no-one until a pursuing bunch flew past well into the second half ot the race, which was a great effort. A mob of sheep in the first kilometre and a couple of red flags later on disrupted some of the bunches, but the 13 minute group looked the goods when they overhauled the combined 15s and 18s at the start of the Kamarooka hills after those two had joined up earlier. Behind them scratch, second and third were all still separated by big gaps coming into the last few kilometres. With Chris Draper, Ross McDonald and John Weir driving hard, riders were steadily dropped from the 13s until just seven lined up for the sprint, with John unfortunately puncturing on the way in. Russ Russell Gilbey jumped early (to the surprise of no-one), but ran out of gas a few hundred metres out. Chris Draper was the next to go but he too fell short as Ross McDonald (13 min) sprinted past him to victory. Chris (13 min) held on for 2nd ahead of Jenny Geyer (18 min) in what could turn out to be a break-out race, followed by David Hare (15 min), Cheryle Barker (13 min), and Steve Auld (15 min). Brett Williams led the nine minute bunch home just a few seconds later to claim 8th ahead of Rob Robert Gartside and Peter Ladd in a great return to form. Martin Banfield recorded fastest time of 1 hr 25 6 sec at 39.9 km/hr when scratch rolled through a few minutes later.