Rain Forces Change of Course
- Sunday 12th July 2009
O'Brien took out the A Grade event
constant rain forced a change of race plan when riders
fronted for Sunday’s Quarry Road Handicap.
to flooding along the Illawarra Mount Dryden Road,
the race had to be changed to an out and back course.
at the usual place just off the Western Highway,
riders headed along the Sandbar Road, then turned
right along the Illawarra Road and did a U turn just
before the Stawell Halls Gap Road, then returned
to the start.
the distance was an unknown, scratch races were held
instead of a handicap.
Meg Parnaby, Glenn Ford and Tony Lloyd headed off
first, as a combined B and C grade. Ford and Lloyd
separated from Parnaby and Walter on the return journey,
with Lloyd getting the better of Ford in the final
and Parnaby had a pleasant chat most of the way home,
until Walter took off over the closing stages to
take line honours.
Alan Barnett, Daryl Elliott, Gerard O’Brien
and Drew Heard rode off together as the A grade bunch.
Most riders stayed together until the return trip
over the Quarry Road hills, when Gerard O’Brien
and Drew Heard broke away, with O’Brien crossing
the line just ahead of Heard.