on the Mend!
Concongella - Sunday 23rd
A moderate northerly wind and mild
temperatures greeted the small field of 10 riders participating
in the 47 km handicap, starting and finishing at the
The race saw the reappearance of both
Meg Parnaby and Drew Heard, after both members suffered
fractures from training accidents in July.
her pelvis and Drew had a very lucky escape after a
head first dive into a creek, which resulted in a C2
fracture in his neck.
After convalescing during the later
winter months, both Meg and Drew are both riding well
again. We welcome them back!
Another welcome face was Leon Gibson,
who is also making a comeback after taking some time
off, and is showing home of the old toughness we all
know him so well for.
Limit riders Les Power, Meg Parnaby
and Leon Gibson set off with 13 minutes on the scratch
bunch, and handled the head winds well, with Leon doing
some powerful turns out front. They averaged in the
order of 33kph, keeping the next bunch of Peter Parnaby,
Tania Walter and Tony Lloyd at bay. Although this group
worked hard over the final stages of the race, they
couldn’t quite make up the 6 and a half minutes
deficit on the lead bunch. However, they held off the
scratch riders Ian Blackie, Allan Barnett, Tim Schneider
and Drew Heard.
With less than a kilometre to go,
Meg Parnaby made her break on the last small rise and
sprinted strongly to cross the line in first place.
Ten metres behind her was Power who placed second,
followed by Gibson.
Power, Meg Parnaby and Leon Gibson
The next bunch was well over a minute
behind, with Ian Blackie, who had broken clear of the
rest of the scratch riders, only a short distance back,
and recording the fastest time of the day of 1 hour,
12 minutes and 30 seconds.