Armstrong Graded Scratch Races
Armstrong - Sunday
28th June 2009
Elliott won the A grade section
veteran cyclists tackled the short but testing Armstrong
course last Sunday, with 16 riders completing 7 laps
of the 7km circuit.
into 3 groups for the graded scratch races, the riders
were challenged by two sprints per lap for the 3
middle laps of the course, one as a hill climb and
the other as a flat road sprint.
3 placegetters in each sprint earned valuable points
with the highest points scorer the winner.
grade riders were fairly evenly matched, with sprint
wins and placings being shared amongst many of the
7 riders in the field. Daryl Elliott figured prominently
in several hill climbs, and also won the final sprint
to the line to take out the event by one point from
Chris Scott, who broke clear for one lap picking
up some wins in the process, before being reeled in
again. Tim Schneider
and Drew Heard drew for third place.
B grade event, Gerard O’Brien
saw no future in trying to beat Peter Parnaby up
the hill climb, and used his superior strength along
the flats to break clear half way through the third
lap. The following bunch were initially unconcerned,
but then the gap got bigger with O’Brien taking
out the major placing in each sprint along the way.
a late chase from the following riders, O’Brien
went on to win by a good margin with the fastest
time of the day. Peter Parnaby was second with Tony
The C grade
riders were also evenly matched, with many very close
hill climbs and sprints. Les Power just got the better
of Tony Rathgeber, with Meg Parnaby taking out third
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