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Newsletter 28th June 2014

Yarra Glen – 21st June 2014

Yarra Glen is a popular course as it is a challenging yet satisfying race for most riders. The hill up to ‘Sticks’ winery, the wind from wherever, the quick recovery downhill and then the long flat with a kick to the line all make for interesting racing. There were several mechanical’s; punctures for Dean  Niclasen and Phil Taylor as well as a fall for Wes Hurrey. Wes has developed so much power at the SoulRider Spin Studio that he pulled the cleat out of a peddle and it wasn’t even in the sprint!

 


Newsletter 21st June 2014

Royce Bennett memorial h’cap – 14th June 2014

A big field enjoyed fine weather and dry roads for the annual Royce Bennett handicap over almost 60 k’s. The handicapping was well done as scratch and other bunches finished together just behind Bernie Evans off limit in only his 3rd start with the club. Well done Bernie! As usual for this course, the little rise on the return leg sorted the men from the boys. It was the cause of most of the dropped rides getting dropped in just about all of the bunches. In only her third handicap race, Emma Anderson was the first female. The prize money is reported to go to purchasing


Newsletter June 14th 2014

Casey Fields – 7th June 2014

If there was an award for ride of the day, well, it could have gone to a few.  A prize for optimism would have gone to the fifty-six who turned up, sat through the downpour then took to the damp track to compete in less than the best of conditions.  As to the ride of the day, well, Steve Ross in a-grade rode above himself to push Tom Leaper all the way to the line.  In c-grade Frank Tomsic put b-grade to shame by breaking away from his bunch early, passing the b-grade bunch then staying ahead of them for the next half-hour before a puncture saw him take a lap out, returning to the race with the bunch (instead the 200m lead he was entitled to) and then still have enough to win the then inevitable bunch sprint.

I have no idea what was going through the b-grade minds, but they were consistently under threat of being swamped by the remainder of the c-grade group, the officials on the line forced to send them (b-grade) round the cut-through at the finish line to separate them.  All to little avail as on the next lap there was a fall that stopped half the bunch and had the other half call it all off.

 


Newsletter 7th June 2014

Arthurs Creek – 312st May 2014

Some 74 riders faced the starter for another sunny Saturday afternoon ride in the countryside.  Arthurs Creek’s charms did not inspire so many scribes (keyboarders?) this week but thanks go to James, Kiwi Graeme, Ken, Jim, Louise and Laurie for providing their perspectives on the day’s events.

 


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