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Mayo Takes out Christmas Handicap
Fyans Creek Road
Sunday 11th December 2011

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  Peter Mayo

In a hard fought battle to the line, Ararat cyclist Peter Mayo just edged out John McIntyre in the final few metres to take out the Grampians Vets 44 kilometre Christmas Handicap, held last Sunday near Halls Gap.

A fine, mild day ensured good racing conditions, however an often swirling southerly wind added a degree of difficulty with many riders saying it seemed like a head wind all the way around the course.

Les Power and Shirley Hetherington were first away off sixteen and a half minutes, followed by the eleven minute bunch of Peter Mayo, Tony Lloyd, John McIntyre, Meg Parnaby, Damian Rabl, and Laura White. These two bunches came together after about 30 kilometres, still with a good lead over the chasing riders.

However, the second scratch riders Rod Hetherington, Steve Monks, Danny Monaghan, Drew Heard, Jason Shipcott and Daryl Elliott, riding off two and a quarter minutes, were setting a very high pace, and gaining significant ground on the seven minute riders Corey Donnellan, Tony Rathgeber, Stuart King and Tom Eldridge. That is until they hit McKrackens Hill, where they splintered leaving Monaghan, Monks and Shipcott to continue the charge, which gradually lost a little of its momentum, with the two bunches finally coming together only a few kilometres from home.

Further back, the scratch riders Peter Wemyss, Rick McIntosh, Shane Wall, Gary Brumby, Wayne Klauss and Sean Prins were struggling to make significant gains on the riders ahead, until the closing stages of the race. With seven kilometres remaining, the scratch riders were still two minutes behind the leading riders, and forty-five seconds behind the second scratch riders.

With two kilometres to go, the eleven minute riders still retained a winning margin, although the chasing riders were all now visible behind.

With three hundred metres to go, Daminan Rabl broke clear, with John McIntyre in hot pursuit followed by Peter Mayo. However, Rabl could not maintain the pace, allowing McIntyre past in a sustained effort that almost got him home. However the more experienced Mayo just managed to edge his wheel past McIntyre in the final ten metres of the race, to win by half a wheel, with McIntyre second, Rabl third and Laura White fourth.

The scratch riders finished fifty seconds later with Donald rider Shane Wall taking out the fastest race time of one hour, 6 minutes and 47 seconds, an average speed of 40 kph.
Being the last race of the year, the Club’s annual awards were presented afterwards.

Rider of the year went to Crystal Wemyss, in recognition of a very successful year in which she won an Australian Masters Championship Road Race, division one, placed first in the South Pacific and Victorian Championships in the road race, time trial and sprint in her age group, and was second in the Australian Veterans Championships in the road race and time trial. Crystal also took out the Club’s Most Improved Rider award.

Meg Parnaby was also presented with an award in recognition of her win in the Australian Veterans Cycling Championships in the Time Trial, and a second place in the road race.







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