Drew Heard Powers to Victory
Fyans Creek Rd Handicap
- Sunday 30th March 2008
A gradually strengthening north westerly
and cool conditions greeted the 14 cyclists who fronted
for the 44km Fyans Creek Road handicap.
Meg Parnaby and Les Power set off first, with 7.5 minute
riders Tania Walter and Stuart King in hot pursuit.
They reeled in the limit markers just past McCrackens
Hill, but shortly afterwards were caught by 3.5 minute
riders Leon Gibson, Tony Lloyd and Peter Blair.
the back markers Ian Blackie, Allan Barnett and Frank
Kean put in a mighty effort to catch the 1.5 minute
riders Gerard O'Brien, Daryl Elliott, Drew Herd and
Dean Hayward before McCrackens hill.
group then mowed down all the rest, hitting the front
at Mt Dryden, then forging onwards dropping the weaker
riders along the way.
With 5km to go, the surviving
riders were Gibson, O'Brien, Herd, Kean, Blair, Elliott.
Frank Kean lifted the pace on several occasions, testing
those who were left, and making sure no one was resting
up for the sprint, creating some very tired legs in
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Left to right Frank Kean, Gerard
Drew Heard and Peter Blair
With 200m to go, Kean darted to the
other side of the road, but Heard caught his wheel
and powered on to take line honours. Gerard O’Brien managed
to slip into second place ahead of Peter Blair in third.
Frank Kean clocked the fastest time
of 1 hour 10 minutes 22 seconds.