O'Brien Wins Easter
12th April 2009
Vets cyclist Gerard O’Brien took out the club’s
Easter Handicap last Sunday, after breaking clear
on the final hill.
riders competing in the South Pacific Veterans Championships
in Maryborough over the Easter break, only a small
field of ten riders tackled the 46km course at Concongella.
calm conditions made the going easier for the limit
riders Meg Parnaby, Tom Eldridge and Les Power, who
took full advantage of their 10 minute start to set
up a good lead.
were Gary Howden, Gerard O’Brien
and Peter Blair, riding off 1 minute 30sec. They
set off at a steady pace but were caught after only
10 kilometres by the flying scratch riders, Danny
Monaghan, Sean Prins, John Lacey and Dean Hayward,
who were determined to gain reinforcements as soon
bunch then set out after the limit riders, who were
still riding strongly with a 6 or 7 minute lead.
the limit riders hit the hills on the Navarre Road,
they lost the out of form Meg Parnaby, and the chasing
bunch had closed to within 2 minutes. However Eldridge
and Power put up a great fight, and maintained their
lead until 3 kilometres to go, when they were swallowed
up by the chasing bunch.
metres to go, half way up the final hill, O’Brien
made his move, and caught the rest of the field napping.
By the time they had decided they should respond,
had broken well clear, and managed to hold them off
to take out first place.
was second with Peter Blair third. Lacey also recorded
the fastest race time of 1 hour 11 minutes and 45