Concongella - Campbells Bridge
Sunday 27th February 2011
Hard work by the scratch riders early
in the race was the key to their victory last Sunday,
when they swept through the field to take out the Grampians
Vets 53 kilometre handicap.
Due to a forced change of venue due
to road works on the Greenhole Road, the race started
from Concongella, with the first leg out to Greens
Creek, across to Campbells Bridge, then back to Concongella
through the outskirts of Stawell.
Scratch riders Dean Hayward, Frank
Kean and Peter Wemyss put in the hard yards early in
the race, with the intention of catching the 5 minute
riders as soon as possible, a task they accomplished
after about 38 kilometres. As they passed they picked
up Geoff Richards, Brian Howlett, Tony Lloyd and Tony
Rathgeber, with Richards and Howlett able to contribute
to the chase.
Thus reinforced, they set off after
the limit riders Linda Howlett, Meg Parnaby, Peter
Mayo and Damian Rabl, who were still 3 and a half minutes
However, the head wind back to Stawell
was taking its toll on the limit riders, and the chasing
bunch was making big inroads into their lead, eventually
catching them on the hill back into Stawell. Towards
the end of the long climb the scratch riders broke
free again, leaving the rest of the field scattered
After quickly covering the remaining
few kilometres, the 3 scratch riders were still together
approaching the line. Frank Kean did the honours and
led the other two out, with Peter Wemyss managing to
hold off Dean Hayward in a closely fought finish.
also recorded the fastest race time of 1 hour and 25
minutes, an average speed of 37.1kph.