Les Power Scores Again
Stawell Race Course, Sunday
17th August 2008
Cool conditions and a light Southerly
wind greeted a smaller field of Grampians Vets riders
who lined up for the 55km Stawell Race Course circuit
Riders headed out to Pomonal, turned
back towards Stawell, crossed over to Mokepilly and
returned to the Pomonal Road, before the final leg
home to Stawell.
Limit riders Meg Parnaby, Linda Howlett,
Les Power and Shauna Heard made the most of their generous
13 minute start, only dropping 3.5 minutes to the scratch
riders after the first 20 kilometres.
At the Mokepilly
turn, with 22 kilometres to go, 2 minute riders Stuart
King, Leon Gibson, Peter Mayo and Tom Eldridge still
trailed the flying limit riders by 6 minutes, with
scratch riders Daryl Elliott, Tony Lloyd and Alan Barnett
a further 45 seconds in arrears. Although the scratch
and 2 minute riders finally combined with about 7 kilometres
to go, it was too late to influence the outcome of
Over the final hills, Parnaby, Power
and Heard kept the pressure on, and with 1 kilometre
to go it was still anyones race. Heard led down the
last hill, but Power came past with 300 metres to go.
Heard tried to hang on, but Power forged ahead over
the last 100 metres to take out a comfortable win,
with Heard second and Parnaby third.
Power leads up the final hill, closely watched
Shauna Heard (left) and Meg Parnaby (right).
The rest of the field came in 3 minutes
later, led by Peter Mayo. Tony Lloyd recorded the fastest
time of the day, with a time of 1 hour 30 minutes.