Eldridge Wins at Polkemmit
Polkemmit Road, Sunday
15th February 2009
With all entry and prize money going
to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal, a field of 14 Grampian
Vets riders tackled the often windy Polkemmit Road
course last Sunday.
Although the forecast the night
before had predicted light winds, most riders will
tell you it was quite a bit stronger, and made for
a tough haul back to the finish in the later stages
of the 54 kilometre race.
Riding off 15 minutes, limit
riders Meg Parnaby, Les Power and Bridget Lang were
first away, making good use of the tail wind start.
6 minute riders Tony Lloyd, Shauna Heard, Mark Uebergang,
and Tom Eldridge also got off to a flying start, and
worked hard to overtake the limit riders with about
12 kilometres to go.
Further back, the 3
minute riders Peter Blair, Leon Gibson and Drew Heard
were struggling to make up ground on the 6 minute riders,
and were joined by the scratch riders Steve Monks,
Harvey Lang, Peter Parnaby and Alan Barnett with 8
kilometres to go. These two bunches combined, and soon
caught the limit riders, but the 6 minute bunch still
had a commanding lead.
Over the closing stages of the
race, the large chasing bunch had done too much work
earlier and were running out of leg power, and never
looked like reeling in the 6 minute riders, who crossed
the line a good 500 metres clear.
Tom Eldridge took
line honours and a well earned win, followed by the
in form Shauna Heard, with Tony Lloyd third.
Lang beat Steve Monks home to record the fastest time
of 1 hour, 27 minutes, after both had ridden excellent