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Australian Vets Championships 2007
Geelong/Anglesea - 16th to 19th November 2007

Tania and Meg in the Medals Again!

Three Grampians Vets riders competed in the 2007 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships, held in the Geelong/Anglesea area over 4 days, from Friday 16th to Monday 19th of November.

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Tania Walter  
   

Friday time trials were held in quite hot conditions, with only a gentle wind. All age groups competed over a fairly hilly 25km out and back course at Paraparap. Tania Walter and Meg Parnaby both put in great efforts to produce gold medal rides, Tania in the 35 – 39 age group and Meg in the 50 – 54 age group.

Tania was very lucky to stay upright on the final turn, misjudging her speed and the narrowness of the corner and ending up in the gravel for a short period of time.

Saturdays road races were held at the top secret Anglesea Automotive Research Centre. Finding the place was an accomplishment in itself, and involved some kilometres of dirt road. Then finding your way into the heart of it was an experience in itself!

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  Meg Parnaby
   

Saturday’s weather started off very still, but the wind gradually picked up through the day, and there was the odd shower in the middle of the day.

Tania Walter was the first to compete in the 35 – 39 age group. The race was held over 57km, around a very flat 3.2km circuit. That’s 18 rather boring laps, both for the riders and the spectators. No scope for hill climbers or to break up the packs, and that resulted in most of the races just being a procession until the final sprint.

There were several attacks during the race to try to break up the field, but riders only had to find a wheel to hang on, and nobody was dropped. On the final lap, Tania took off well out from the line, but Bendigo’s Cindy Magro was too strong and the easy winner, with Tania coming in second for a shiny silver medal.

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Tony Lloyd  
   

Meg Parnaby competed next on the same 3.2km circuit, over a meagre 35km course. Once again, the short distance and flat circuit resulted in a procession until the finish, which didn’t suit Meg at all. Not being much of a sprinter, she was outclassed in the final lunge for the line, but came in third for a bronze medal.

Tony Lloyd then fronted up on the outer 4.2km circuit, for a 71km race. This circuit had several small inclines, but nothing of much significance, so favoured the stronger more powerful riders. This race was more interesting with attacks starting on the first lap. This group of riders was soon brought back, but a short time later, another two groups of two riders got away and stayed away for much of the race. However, they were caught in the closing stages, only to have several more riders break clear to take out the race.

Tony rode well and was happy with his performance, and finished with the main pack. Well done Tony.

 
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Congratulations to Tania, Meg and Tony for a great weekends riding and results.

 

 

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Terri Clarke
Took out her first race win in the Fyans Creek handicap, ahead of Kevin Grellet and Crystal Wemyss.

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