Arctic conditions this arvo at Woodstock for a 47 km handicap with just a very occasional glimpse of the sun and a relatively light wind to ease the pain.
The smallish field of 24 was split into smallish bunches so early losses from the 3 1/2 and ten minute bunches proved costly. The 7s had the remnants of the tens before Newbridge and these six riders formed a powerful working bunch that picked up the 14s not long after and trailed limit by just a minute past the hall for the first time. Scratch and second came together at the 25 km mark but didn't work as smoothly and went into the last 10 km a long way behind the leaders. The leading bunch quickly overhauled limit and, with Brad Steigenberger driving the bunch, lined up for the sprint well clear of scratch. It turned into a Battle of the Bikeshops as Brad Steigenberger (7 min) just overhauled Terry Schintler (10 min) on the line to record a well-deserved win, his second in a row. Andrew Berry (7 min) led John Weir (10 min), Ian Stringer (7 min) Peter Ladd (7 min) and Ricky Lovell (10 min) home, about half a minute ahead of the charging scratch bunch. Joe Stolz ran 8th and recorded fastest time of 1 hr 09 min 46 sec at 40.3 km/hr with Brent Gibson and Leigh Wallace rounding out the top ten.