Parnaby Breaks Away for Win
Noradjuha 50km Handicap
Sunday 14th November 2010
A very small field of dedicated racers
turned out for the Horsham event, with the course being
reduced from the 60km Noradjuha/Nurrabiel course to
the shorter course out to Noradjuha and back, with
one lap of the Carmichael’s Road circuit to start
with to help make up the distance.
Lone limit rider
John McIntyre missed the company of Meg Parnaby, who
is away at the National titles in Canberra, but put
in a superb effort to battle his way against a moderate
head wind out to Noradjuha, turning well clear of the
the chasing 3 minute riders Tony Lloyd, Peter Parnaby
and Damian Rabl.
It looked at this stage as if McIntyre’s
lead would not be enough, and he would be caught half
way home, but even though the 3 minute riders were
maintaining a good speed, McIntyre was still nowhere
in sight on the long flat stretch after the last of
the hills on the return journey.
At this point the
scratch riders Dean Hayward, Danny Monaghan and Alan
Barnett were steadily gaining ground on the 3 minute
riders, and at the bridge turn with 5 kilometres to
go, were about 250 metres behind. It looked like
it would be touch and go as to who would get to the
Coming around a bend about 1 kilometre
after the bridge, the 3 minute riders suddenly spotted
McIntyre a short distance ahead, and with about 2 kilometres
to go, finally overtook him.
At this point, Parnaby
was putting everything he had into trying to keep the
scratch riders at bay, but Lloyd and Rabl were
not able to hold his wheel, so with encouragement from
Lloyd, Parnaby made a break for home.
a strong solo rider, Parnaby kept looking over his
shoulder, but the news was good and he crossed the
line still well clear of the chasing bunches, with
scratch just catching the remaining 3 minute riders
right on the line.
Dean Hayward took out second place
and fastest time, with Danny Monaghan third.