Once again the women in the
club led the way in this years South Pacific
Championships, held at Maryborough over the
Easter Break, with both Stephanie Frawley and
Crystal Wemyss taking out 1st placings.
Mildura based club member
Stephanie Frawley, a time trial specialist,
clocked the fastest women's time of the day,
averaging about 40.5kph over the tough out
and back 15km course. Stephanie competes in
the Australian Championships at Ballarat each
year, and does well against Australia's best
Crystal Wemyss, competing
for the first time in the South Pacific Championships,
showed her great potential in the sport by
taking out both the road championship and time
trial events in her age group.
only taken up the sport of cycle racing with
the Grampians Vets club in January of this
year, Wemyss has improved rapidly, first showing
her time trialling ability in a club event
several weeks ago, where she clocked the fifth
fastest time of all club members.
Maryborough time trial event, and riding a
normal road racing bike, Wemyss clocked the
3rd fastest overall women’s time of the
day, only beaten by Frawley and Geelong rider
Phillipa Read, both riding specialised bikes.
Crystal averaged 36.07kph
Vets members to do well in the age group championship
events were Meg Parnaby, who came third in
the road championship, and second in her time
trial (32.53kph), and Alan Barnett, who rode
extremely well to come third in his time trial
Danny Monaghan was hampered
by a cold, but still placed 7th in his
time trial (37.5kph), in the most competitive
age group of all, with the winner riding the
fastest time of the day (43.2kph), beating
many of the younger age groups.
Gerard O'Brien was one of
the strongest in his road race age group, and
attacked all day, along with Bob Brizell.
However the Bob attacked up the final hill,
and Gerard missed his wheel. They both got
clear but Bob had a break on Gerard, and
so they both rode solo, with the pack catching
Gerard when he ran out of puff with about 1km
On Easter Monday, a handicap
event for all riders was held over a tough
65km course, with the men and women all competing
together. Amongst the 140 riders setting out,
were local club members Meg Parnaby, Les Power,
Tony Rathgeber, Tony Lloyd, Peter Parnaby and
Meg Parnaby made the most
of a good mark, and together with lots of hard
work, placed second, with Tony Lloyd next best
in 10th place.