Stawell Racecourse Handicap
Sunday 22nd May 2011
Horsham cyclist Dennis Kelly dominated the Grampians Vet’s Stawell Racecourse Handicap last Sunday, breaking away in the closing stages of the race to score an easy win.
With some riders away at the Australian Veterans Cycling Championships in South Australia, a small field of riders fronted to contest the 55 kilometre event.
Riding solo off scratch, Kelly dominated the race from the start, easily bridging the 40 seconds deficit to the bunch in front within the first 4 kilometres, gliding over the initial hills as if they didn’t exist.
Once he had reached the next bunch of riders he combined well with Sean Prins, Drew Heard, Peter Parnaby and Gerard O’Brien to set out after the eight and a half minute riders Richard Clarke, Tony Rathgeber and Damian Rabl.
With Kelly doing long turns at the front, the chasing riders had reduced the gap to about 3 and a half minutes at the Pomonal turn, and to about one minute at the Mokepilly turn. The catch finally came with about 10 kilometres to go.
Eight kilometres from home, Kelly broke free at the top of a hill, and rode solo to the finish, gradually building a lead of over a minute to take out the race from Sean Prins and Drew Heard.
Kelly’s time was one hour, twenty-five minutes and thirty-nine seconds.