A Keen Kean Shows Aggression
Fyans Creek Scratch Races, Sunday
29th June 2008
Kean was the most aggressive rider on the
A fairly good field for this time
of year turned out for the 44km scratch races over
the popular Fyans Creek circuit, near Halls Gap.
were divided into two groups, with Drew Heard, Gerard
O’Brien, Dean Hayward, Tony Lloyd, Alan Barnett,
Peter Parnaby, Frank Kean and Daryl Elliott setting
After a couple of kilometres to warm
up, Frank Kean got a little excited, and tried to split
the field up on a stretch before Mount Dryden, a feat
he repeated again soon after the turn past Mount Dryden.
However, although some riders were stretched, everyone
managed to hang on.
When the bunch
hit the first of the Sandbar Road hills, Kean once
again put the foot down, resulting in 4 riders getting
a break, but they were soon reeled in again by the
rest of the field. After another effort on the Sandbar
Hill with 3 riders getting away, only to be caught
again shortly after, Kean went quiet until the final
5 kilometres of the race.
Once again Kean tried several times
to split the field, but all efforts were soon neutralised,
and so it came down to the final sprint. With 800 metres
to go, Gerard O’Brien made a break hoping someone
would go with him, but nobody responded.
to go, Drew Heard made a charge for the line, with
Daryl Elliott on his wheel, followed by Frank Kean
and Peter Parnaby. Heard managed to just hold out Kean,
with Elliot and Parnaby both very close behind.
the race, Handicapper Alan Barnett informed us that
he had divided us into A and B grade, and not told
us, so the official placings were:
A Grade – 1st
Frank Kean, 2nd Daryl Elliott, 3rd Peter Parnaby
Grade – 1st Drew Heard, 2nd
Tony Lloyd, 3rd Dean Hayward
The other bunch of riders
were Stuart King, Peter Mayo, Tom Eldridge, Sean Prins,
and Les Power. This bunch of riders rode together for
most of the way, without any breakaways or other excessive
amounts of excitement, until McCrackens Hill, which
proved the downfall of Les Power, who dropped off.
race finally came down to the sprint, with Sean
Prins leading out early, to be overtaken by Stuart
King. However, Peter Mayo burst past King, who grabbed
his wheel, and these two went to the line with Mayo
just holding out King. Tom Eldridge came in third.
bunch was also advised post race that they were actually
two grades, with the following placings:
C Grade 1st
Peter Mayo, 2nd Stuart King, and Tom Eldridge 3rd.
Grade 1st Sean Prins, 2nd Les Power