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Race Results

South Pacific Vets Championships - Maryborough 2008
Friday 21st to Monday 24th March 2008

Local Riders Do Well
Many local cyclists once again performed well in the South Pacific Vets Cycling Championships, held over four days of the Easter break at Maryborough, Victoria.

Meg Parnaby finished with a first and second placing, while Leon Gibson had a second and third placing.

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Riding in Fridays age group scratch races, Stawell rider Meg Parnaby topped the list with a brilliant win against a strong field.

The closely matched bunch of riders were all still together at the end of the race, despite some attempts to break up the field on several hills. The race came down to the final sprint.

Although not known as a strong sprinter, the uphill finish and a strong crosswind favoured Parnaby. She came off the back of the pack to make an unexpected attack about 300m from home, gaining a good break, then used her renown strength to hold her lead to the line.

Fridays strong winds created havoc with many riders, blowing bindii burrs across the road to the detriment of many a tyre. Leon Gibson only managed to get 50m into his race when he fell victim to a bindii. Rumour has it that earmuffs were required in the vacinity for some time afterwards!!

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Other riders to survive the bindii and finish well up in their fields were Shauna Heard and Merv Thompson, who both placed 4th in their age groups, and Alan Barnett who finished 6th. Steve Monks missed the breakaway in his race, and finished in the main group of riders.

In Saturdays time trials, defending champion Meg Parnaby couldn’t lift to the occasion after her previous days win, but still rode very strongly to finish second.

Michael Kelly tackled the 300m sprints but unfortunately pulled his cleat out of the pedal at about the 40m mark.

Leon Gibson ran a close second in Sundays criteriums, and Merv Thompson was happy with his 5th placing in his age group. Alan Barnett also competed, but punctured on the last lap.

Leon Gibson, Tania Walter, Steve Monks, Ian Blackie and Alan Barnett all competed in Mondays 65km handicap, but Leon Gibson's 18 minute bunch forged to the lead, and was not caught by following hordes.

Leon came up with another great result by finishing 3rd in the sprint.


 

 

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Terri Clarke
Took out her first race win in the Fyans Creek handicap, ahead of Kevin Grellet and Crystal Wemyss.

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