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Power too Strong for Hetherington
Armstrong 49km Handicap
Sunday 17th October 2010

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  Les Power

Limit riders Les Power and visiting Ballarat Eureka rider Shirley Hetherington vanished into the hills last Sunday, to eventually emerge winners of the Grampians Vets 49km Armstrong handicap.

Riding off twenty-one minutes, the two had completed the first of seven laps around the hilly 7km circuit before the eight minute riders had left, and after the second lap were unsighted by the rest of the field until the final lap, when they again came into view.

Although out of form, the ever strong Les Power used his strength to good advantage down the hills and into the head wind, while Shirley Hetherington assisted up the hills, complementing each other nicely. The pair were not under threat at any stage, and finished well clear of the rest of the field.

Eight minute riders Tony Lloyd, Tony Rathgeber, Peter Parnaby and Peter Mayo worked hard to reel in the 15 minute riders Meg Parnaby and Frank Stokes on the fifth lap, and although starting to run out of working riders, still managed to hold off the 4 minute riders Rod Hetherington, Crystal Wemyss, Alan Barnett and visiting rider Bruce Hamilton until the last lap, when things became more interesting.

With about 3km to go, the two bunches were only about 200 metres apart, with the scratch riders Shane Clark, Peter Weymss and Sean Prins also closing in fast. With third place up for grabs, the race was on.

The 8 minute riders cleared the hill and took off, followed by the two chasing groups. With 8 minute rider Peter Parnaby doing some big turns, they manage to hold onto their lead, while the 4 minute riders got to within about 100 metres, and scratch a further 200 metres behind.

However, Power had already crossed the line to take out the race ahead of Shirley Hetherington. Peter Parnaby was the first of the chasing riders home to claim third place.

Shane Clark rode brilliantly to take out fastest race time, despite a 160km training ride through the Grampians the day before.

 

 

 

 

 

 
     

 

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Peter Mayo

Combined with Kevin Grellet to keep the field at bay, then take out the 43.5km Xmas Handicap.

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