Sean Prins Takes Out Open Preview
Halls Gap, Sunday
24th August 2008
Fine mild conditions and a gentle
north westerly breeze made for ideal racing conditions
last Sunday, a welcome change from the often cold starts
of the last month or two.
Riders tackled next weeks
VCV Open course over about 59km, starting at the Halls
Gap Hotel, instead of the oval.
Meg Parnaby led off
with a 21 minutes start, followed by Les Power on 17
and a half minutes.
The third scratch bunch of Mark
Uebergang, Jamie Bennett and Sean Prins made good use
of their generous handicap, and were able to pick up
Power over McCracken’s Hill. They then set off
after Meg Parnaby, catching her with 5km to go.
scratch riders Alan Barnett, Drew Heard, Tony Lloyd
and Leon Gibson had joined forces with second scratch
riders Daryl Elliott, Gerard O’Brien, Dean Haywood
and Peter Mayo, but this combined bunch were unable
to get within sight of the leaders.
In the final sprint,
Sean Prins prevailed over Jamie Bennett, with Les Power
coming in third.
Leon Gibson was first of the scratch
riders to cross the line, and recorded the fastest
time of 1 hours 32 minutes 17 seconds.