Today's race was the annual CVVCC Memorial Handicap which this year was particularly poignant due to the recent loss of Hugh Weeks. We remembered all past riders and their family members who are no longer with us.
The race was run in rotten conditions - hot and windy with strong gusts blowing the small bunches all over the road for the entire 47 km course around the Powers Road block then up to Maryborough Road and back. The eight minute bunch were the early movers, picking up the 11s on the way to Newbridge and 15s before the turnaround. Second scratch lost one rider on the start line to a mechanical and another one not long after. Andrew Bos was driving the bunch and set off by himself after 30 km when he sensed the others flagging. It turned out to be a wise decision. The scratch bunch was working with its usual efficiency but still trailed Andy by nearly a minute at the turn. Andy had caught the remainder of the field with 7 km to go and only David Cripps was able to stay with him. The two ploughed into the head wind and were able to hold off scratch, a phenomenal ride in the conditions. Andy Bos (5 min) was the deserved winner of the Memorial with what must be one of the rides of the year, David Cripps (8 min) running an equally meritorious second, followed home about 20 seconds later by Peter Cavallaro (scr, third and fastest time), Brent Gibson (scr.), Leigh Wallace (scr.) and Mathew Grealy (scr). Richard Mcintosh (8 min) came up short in his attempt to win a third Memorial but rode a great race to be 7th in front of Shane Wall, Pam Robertson and Murray Rankin.