Family Winning Streak Continues
Rifle Butts Short Course
Sunday 11th July 2010
In a continuation of the family winning
streak, Grampians Vets cyclist Peter Parnaby came up
trumps again last Sunday, his second win in three weeks,
with wife Meg taking out the intervening weeks event.
error by fellow 3 minute rider Tony Lloyd allowed Parnaby
to surge past 250 metres from home and take out the
46 kilometre handicap, held near Horsham.
Lloyd, along with Alan Barnett, set themselves a demanding
pace from the start, and had 7 minute riders Stuart
King and Damian Rabl well within their sights after
20 kilometres. King and Rabl in turn were closing in
fast on 9 minute riders Meg Parnaby and Tom Eldridge.
onto the Henty Highway, the riders faced a head wind
all the way home, favouring the stronger riders, and
the 3 minute bunch soon hauled in the now combined
7 and 9 minute groups at the 28 kilometre mark.
5 kilometres up the road, they picked up first time
rider Doug Issell, who did well to hang on to the bunch
until the finish.
With the leading riders still keeping
the pace high, the scratch riders Drew Heard, Chris
Scott, Daryl Elliott and Gerard O’Brien
were struggling to make significant gains, and were
still well in arrears at this stage.
finish, Lloyd misjudged the distance to the line, not
having ridden this version of the course before, and
took off too early, with Parnaby and Barnett on his
wheel. However he ran out of legs half way, giving
Parnaby the ideal spring board to charge past and grab
an easy win. Barnett was second with Lloyd third.
scratch riders came in a minute and a half later, with
O’Brien taking out the sprint for fastest time.