Heard and Hunt battle out Finish
Warrak 50km Handicap
Sunday 20th May 2012
Almost calm conditions made for great cycling for the small field of 10 riders who fronted for the tough 50 kilometre Warrak handicap.
An out and back course that takes in a long gradual hill on the way out, and then a very challenging climb on the way back, always tests the fitness of riders.
Scratch riders Crystal and Peter Wemyss, and Jason Shipcott set off hard and made up their one minute deficit on Gary Brumby, Wayne Klauss and Sean Prins at the top of the long climb on the way out, with all riders then combining to chase the riders in front.
Meanwhile the six and a half minute riders, Drew Heard, Daryl Elliott, John Hunt and Laura White had made good time out to the half way point, where they turned still four minutes in front of the chasing riders.
At the top of the steep climb on the return journey, the combined scratch and second scratch bunch had pulled their deficit back to one and a half minutes. With most of the last 11 kilometres being down hill, speeds were high, with the chasing riders closing the gap slowly but surely.
With 1 kilometre to go, it looked like the leading riders may get caught, but the chasing riders just ran out of time.
Drew Heard and John Hunt geared up for the sprint, but Heard was too strong and took out first place, with Hunt second, and Laura White taking out third.
Scratch finished about 10 seconds later, with Jason Shipcott taking out fastest time.