First Up Win for Howlett
Sunday 6th March 2011
New club member Brian Howlett showed
a great turn of speed to take out the sprint and the
Grampians Vets Cycling Club’s Stawell Racecourse
55 kilometre handicap last Sunday.
The race started
on the outskirts of Stawell, with riders heading out
to Pomonal, then doubling back to Mokepilly, before
returning to Stawell via the Pomonal road.
Meg Parnaby, Peter Mayo, Damian Rabl and John McIntyre
set off with a 12 minute lead over scratch, followed
by 6 minute riders Brian Howlett, Tony Rathgeber and
On the first 20 kilometre leg to Pomonal
the 6 minute riders took quite a bit of time off the
lead riders, but then the limit riders seemed to find
some form and slowed the advance of the chasing riders.
Further back the scratch riders Peter Wemyss, Sean
Prins, Daryl Elliott and Drew Heard were making slow
but steady ground on the riders in front, and at the
half way point had cut the distance to the 6 minute
riders in half.
A head wind for the final leg back
to Stawell combined with tiring legs made for an interesting
finish. The 6 minute riders were still riding strongly,
and caught the limit riders with 8 kilometres to go,
but the effort had cost them dearly. The bunches combined
and worked for some time together, before splitting
on the hill up to the Bungils Cave turnoff, with 5
kilometres to go, where the two Parnabys and Peter
Mayo broke clear.
Shortly afterwards Meg Parnaby found
the pace too high, leaving the two Peters to make a
bid for the line. However, the scratch riders were
by now only 100 metres behind, and these two bunches
combined with 3 kilometres to go, along with Brian
Howlett who had caught the scratch bunch as it went
In the charge for the line, the lead
changed several times, but Howlett had the legs to
break clear to take the race from Daryl Elliott, who
just pipped Sean Prins on the line for second place.
also recorded the fastest race time of 1 hour and 29
Scratch - 37kph
Six Minutes Riders - 34.7kph
First Limit Rider - 32kph