It was a great day for the Vets at Woodstock today - sun was shining, birds were singing, yours truly had a win - what more could you ask for?
Scratch gave up possibly the biggest start ever to second scratch, conceding seven minutes over the 46 km course to what turned out to be the winning bunch. With a modest field of 25 the groups were small, and second scratch worked well to overhaul the 9 minute and 12 minute bunches on the way back to Woodstock after circumnavigating the Power's Road block. Coming past the hall the leaders held a minute over a big chasing group with scratch still three minutes further back and facing a difficult task. The turnaround at Maryborough Road caused a shakeout with the leading bunch drastically reduced, and they powered over the last few kilometres to keep scratch at bay. Brett Williams set up the lead-out train perfectly with a kilometre to go and graciously moved aside 150 meters out, leaving Tony Coombes and Murray Rankin to fight it out. Murray (7 min) just managed to overcome a cramping Tony (7 min) with a fast finishing Chris Draper (9 min) finding form again to run third ahead of John Weir (9 min). Brett (7 min) rolled over the line in 5th, followed by Garry Ford (9 min), Peter Ladd (9 min), Pam Robertson (12 min), Shane Dellavedova (12 min) and Mick Lavery (12 min). Brad Geyer (scratch) won a hotly contested sprint about a minute later to record fastest time.