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Club Races
First Up Win for Howlett
Stawell Racecourse 55km Handicap
Sunday 6th March 2011

  Brian Howlett

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.

Limit riders 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 Peter Parnaby.

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 past.

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.

Elliott also recorded the fastest race time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Average Speeds
Scratch - 37kph
Six Minutes Riders - 34.7kph
First Limit Rider - 32kph





Looking for some company to share the kilometres with?

There are usually Training Groups leaving both Stawell and Horsham at regular weekly times.

links to past races
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 1st March
Sunday 23rd Feb
Sunday 16th Feb
Sunday 27th Oct
Sunday 20th Oct
Sunday 13th Oct
Sunday 6th Oct
Sunday 29th Sept
Sunday 22nd Sept
Sunday 15th Sept
Sunday 8th Sept


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