Clark Leads Scratchmen's Charge
Concongella Campbells Bridge
Sunday 19th September 2010
Ararat cyclist Shane Clark was the
powerhouse behind the scratch riders when they swept
through the entire field to take out the Grampians
Vets 53 kilometre Concongella/Campbells Bridge handicap,
held last Sunday.
Raced over a new course, the riders
left Concongella and headed out to Greens Creek, veered
left and cut back to Campbells Bridge, before returning
to Concongella through the outskirts of Stawell.
Having recently upped his training
regime in preparation for the Grampians Open in November,
Clark is starting to hit some form, and together with
Sean Prins and Dean Hayward had rounded up the 4 minute
riders by the half way mark.
Such was the pace that the 4 minute
riders Crystal Wemyss, Alan Barnett and Daryl Elliott
could not stay with them, and soon dropped off.
Meanwhile the 8 minute riders Stuart
King, Tony Rathgeber and Peter Mayo were in hot pursuit
of the limit riders Meg Parnaby and John McIntyre,
and finally caught them on the leg back to Stawell,
with about 15 kilometres to go.
On the long uphill stretch into Stawell,
the scratch riders caught the combined leading bunch,
charging past them with only King able to handle the
pace and hitch a ride.
In the sprint to the line, Clark
was once again too strong, and took out the race and
fastest time ahead of Sean Prins and Dean Hayward.