and South Pacific Veteran 07 Championships -
Maryborough, Easter weekend
Grampians Veteran Cycling Club riders
Tania Walter and Meg Parnaby both won Victorian and
South Pacific Veteran Cycling titles at Maryborough
over the 4 day Easter break, with Tania successfully
defending her titles gained last year.
With both titles rolled into the one
race this year, Tania was nervous before the start.
However she and Hume rider Dianne Condie broke away
early in their 35-39 age group race.
Despite repeated attacks from both
riders, they remained together for most of the race,
until Tania managed to gain a 40m lead up one of the
However, the hard work was lost again
when she had to slow at a round-about 1km from the
finish, because the lead car was stopped by police,
so the race came down to the final sprint. Tania waited
her chance, then came from behind down the final straight,
overpowering Condie to win by a clear margin.
Parnaby put in a gritty effort in the time trial
In the 50-54 year age category, Meg
Parnaby also contested Fridays 45km road race, to be
beaten on the line into 4th place by the width of a
This, however, only fuelled her
determination to succeed in the time trial the next
The 15km time trial course was an
out and back affair. Meg road a very intelligent race,
going out hard to take advantage of the mostly down
hill first leg, but keeping something in reserve for
the return uphill climb.
Being a strong tenacious rider, the
light headwind home worked in her favour, and she crossed
the line a clear margin of 11 seconds ahead of her
Other Grampians Vets riders to
compete over the weekend were Tony Lloyd, Steve Monks,
Jamie Bennett and Alan Barnett. Barnett was the only
rider to place top 10, with a 6th in Fridays road race,
and 7th in the criterium on Sunday.