Rob Phillips takes out Combine
Sunday 11th October 2009
Vets travelled to Learmonth last Sunday for a combine
with the Ballarat Eueka Vets. A field of over
twenty cyclists line up for the fifty-five kilometre
Ballarat!!) and sunny conditions made for pleasant
riding as the groups completed three laps of the
Learmonth windmill circuit.
Morley and Bill Groome were first away with a twenty
five minute start on the back makers. Meg Parnaby
left seven minutes later and caught the front makers
after one lap only to be consumed by the next bunch
just after her difficult chase had being accomplished.
Blood had a two minute start on Ron Larkin, Phil
Cochrane and Ian Summers who were riding well with
their fourteen minute handicap. Further back in the
field the seven minute bunch of Danny Monaghan, Terry
Collie and Alan Barnett was
riding hard and eventually caught the ten minute
combined groups captured all of the front makers
with eight kilometres to go and looked like taking
out the race. However the three minute bunch of Peter
Kiel, Rob Phillips, Sean Prins and Andrew Rushton
was really flying and caught the race leaders three
kilometres from the finish.
In a bunch
sprint it was Rob Phillips who took out line honors
ahead of Andrew Rushton in second place followed
by Peter Kiel, Peter Mayo and Danny Monaghan.
Garley put in an amazing effort crossing the line
a few seconds later to take out fastest time after
riding solo on the last lap.