Hayward Leads the Scratch Riders Charge
Fyans Creek Handicap
Sunday 8th August 2010
With the scratch riders getting up,
Grampians Vets cyclist Dean Hayward timed his charge
to the line to perfection last Sunday, taking out a
clear win in the 44km Fyans Creek handicap.
sunny conditions greeted the field as they lined up
for the start, with Meg Parnaby and John McIntyre first
They made the most of the light winds
and their 10 minute start to stay out of sight for
most of the race. Four minute riders Stuart King, Damian
Rabl and Tom Eldridge also set a solid pace, and at
the half way point had taken out time on the 3 minute
riders Tony Lloyd, Peter Mayo and Tony Rathgeber, who
were soon afterwards engulfed by the scratch riders
Dean Hayward, Drew Heard and Alan Barnett.
kilometres to go the limit riders still held a minute
advantage over the 4 minute riders. However, the combined
3 minute and scratch riders were closing in fast, finally
catching the 4 minute riders with about 3 kilometres
It was only a matter of time before
Parnaby and McIntyre were also reeled in, and that
happened with one and a half kilometres to go, bringing
the whole field together for the final sprint.
the final straight a full kilometre in length, it is
easy to misjudge the sprint and go too early. Heard
lifted the pace early, but Hayward bided his time,
making his jump late and quickly opening up a gap to
win by several bike lengths from Heard, with Stuart
King in third place.
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|Dean Hayward, Drew Heard and Stuart
Hayward also recorded the fastest
time of 1 hour and 14 minutes.