Lang Leads all the Way
Rifle Butts Short Course, Sunday
1st February 2009
With another hot day forecast, Grampians
Vets riders set off at 8am last Sunday, for the 46km
Rifle Butts handicap at Horsham.
However, the temperature
was already 29 degrees when lone limit rider Bridget
Lang set off with a 24 minute start. Riding in only
her second race, Lang set herself a steady pace, and
managed to maintain it the whole way.
At the other
end of the field, the scratch riders were determined
to make it their day, with Frank Kean, Tim Schneider,
Alan Barnett, Harvey Lang and Peter Parnaby combining
well to reel in the 2 minute riders Leon Gibson, Drew
Heard, Stuart King, Shaun Prins, Daryl Elliott and
Mark Uebergang soon after the half way point.
large group combined to then chase down the 8 minute
riders, Meg Parnaby, Tom Eldridge, Les Power, Shauna
Heard and Kerryn Prowse, catching them with about 10
kilometres to go, but shedding a few tired riders along
With only Bridget Lang still out in
front, the main bunch of riders kept up the pace, but
Lang held her form to cross the line one minute clear,
claiming her first race win!
In the sprint for the
minor placings, Tim Schneider got up to take second
place and also claim fastest time, followed by Daryl
Elliott and Harvey Lang.