It was a big weekend of bike racing. The winners from Saturday’s Christmas Handicap at Casey Fields were E-grade rider John Marx, who held off a storming field to win; Jean-Philippe Leclercq, who just failed to catch John but took out fastest time – and handicapper Peter Mackie. With five grades represented in the top 10, and the first eight place-getters within 50 metres at the finish, it could hardly have worked out better from the handicapper’s point of view. Nice one, Pete! Peter Gray’s selection for ‘Ride of the Day’ went to Steve Short for his gutsy solo attempt to catch the eventual winner.
Several club members were off in Victoria’s north-east last weekend, competing in the Tour of Bright. And on Sunday a gallant few took on Northern Cycling in the Dave Ryan Memorial criterium at Northern Boulevard. Reports, including Peter Gray’s pictorial report on the Christmas Handicap, are within.
Another big turnout to what must be our favourite circuit and some solid racing, Gerard Donnelly and his mates showing a-grade how it’s done, another very strong performance by the Celtic trio, Jean-Philippe showing the tenacity he is becoming known for by sticking with them and the few others who had the insight to go early. The flat circuit and near ideal conditions made for tough and close racing, you can read the story of how some of the grades faired in this week’s newsletter.