Scott Returns to Form
Quarry Road, Sunday
20th July 2008
Horsham cyclist Chris Scott showed
he is rapidly regaining his old form by taking out
the Grampians Vets Quarry Road 47 km handicapped last
Cold conditions with a slight northerly
wind greeted a hardy bunch of riders.
group on the day were the second scratch riders, starting
off 1 minute 45 seconds. This group was made up of
Chris Scott, Dean Hayward, Leon Gibson and Stuart King.
caught the 5 minute 15 second riders Peter Mayo, Tania
Walter and Tom Eldridge along the Illawarra Road. The
8 minute 45 second riders Sean Prins and Shauna Herd
were also scooped up by second scratch while descending
the Sandbar Hill.
This combined working group of Scott,
Hayward, Gibson, Walter and Mayo maintained their momentum,
as they set off to catch the lone limit rider and keep
the scratch riders at bay.
Solo limit rider Linda Howlett
from Ararat, riding off 19 minutes 15 seconds, rode
solidly in her maiden race with the club, to keep the
other riders at bay until the Mt. Drummond Road turn
off 7 kilometres from the finish line.
With the scratch
riders Gerard O'Brien, Daryl Elliott, Alan Barnett
and Drew Heard still out of sight, and out of mind
- Stawell rider Dean Hayward used the quarry road hills
at the 42 kilometre mark to launch a vicious attack
on his team mates. Hayward left most riders breathless;
but not quite all - Chris Scott made a determined dash
to keep Hayward within reach.
Gibson rode intelligently
to make up ground and catch the break, leaving the
trio to fight out the last 4 kilometres.
to Right - Dean Hayward, a stuffed Chris Scott
and Leon Gibson displaying his new racing knicks!!
(have to enlarge to see)
In a sprint
finish Scott overpowered Hayward stealing a well deserved
win. Gibson was second across the line followed by
Hayward in third place. Scott also recorded the fastest
time of 1 hour, 13 minutes 30 seconds.