Larkin Has a Eureka Moment!
Fyans Creek Handicap
Sunday 10th October 2010
Visiting Ballarat rider Ron Larkin
teamed with Meg Parnaby to take out the Grampians Vets
44km Fyans Creek handicap last Sunday.
Riding off fourteen minutes, Larkin
and Parnaby rode away from twelve minute riders Peter
Mayo and Peter James, catching the seventeen minute
riders Karen James and Shirley Hetherington about half
way through the race, at the turn onto the Sandbar
This bunch then set off after the
lone limit rider, Les Power, back after a long period
off the bike. They finally caught him approaching Mount
Dryden, with about ten kilometres to go.
Further back, the scratch riders Shane
Clark, Ken Heres, Frank Kean and Dean Hayward worked
hard to reel in the one and a half minute riders Sean
Prins, Peter Wemyss, Drew Heard and Ron Hetherington
along the Sandbar Road, the combined bunch then powering
after the riders ahead.
Meanwhile five minute riders Dan Monaghan,
Alan Barnett, Crystal Wemyss and Daryl Elliott had
caught the twelve minute riders (Mayo and Peter James)
on the slopes of McCracken’s hill, but were still
five minutes behind the leading riders, and one minute
in front of the chasing scratch and second scratch
At the Mt Dryden turn onto Fyans Creek
road, the leading bunch of riders consisted of Meg
Parnaby, Ron Larkin, Karen James, Shirley Hetherington
and Les Power. They arrived there two and a half minutes
ahead of the two chasing bunches, who both came together
at the same turn.
|Click images to enlarge
|Ron and Meg
||5 minute riders
||Peter and Peter
Over the closing seven kilometres
of the race, the big chasing bunch reduced the gap
to about one minute, but Larkin had already crossed
the line ahead of Parnaby, with Karen James in third
Ken Heres recorded the fastest time
of 1 hour and 11 minutes.