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Stawell Racecourse Handicap
Sunday 2nd December 2012

  Peter Wemyss

In a hard fought final sprint, scratch rider Peter Wemyss edged his wheel to the front at just the right time to score a narrow victory, taking out the Grampians Vets 41 kilometre Stawell Racecourse event, held last Sunday.

A good turnout of 21 riders fronted for the out and back course to Pomonal. With the outward leg into a head wind, the weaker riders were always going to loose the most time on the outward leg, and be harder to catch with the wind behind them on the return journey.

Limit riders Meg Parnaby, Peter Mayo and John McIntyre set off with a thirteen minute start over scratch, but lost Mayo early on the first set of hills. They battled on and still managed to have a two minute forty lead over the chasing riders at the Pomonal turn.

Further back the six and a half minute riders Laura White, Dean Knights, Tony Rathgeber, Alan Barnett, and Andrew Reid were working well, but had lost some time to the two minute riders Wayne Klauss, Gary Brumby, Drew Heard, Daryl Elliott, John Hunt and Glenn Ford.

At the Pomonal turn, the two minute riders were still in the hunt, having a lead of fifty seconds over scratch riders Peter and Crystal Wemyss, Sean Prins, Steve Monks, Rod Hetherington, Geoff Richards, and Jason Shipcott.

However, with the scratch riders now having the leading bunches visible in the distance, the extra incentive and some big turns gradually closed the gap, with all four bunches coming together at the same time, about six kilometres from the finish, just before the Black Ranges.

On the hill up to the Bunjils Cave turnoff, Jason Shipcott put the accelerator down, taking Peter and Crystal Wemyss and Glenn Ford with him. Behind them, the rest of the field was splintering, with about four bunches reforming. Over the crest of the hill, the four leaders had a clear break, but over the next few hundred metres a group of six riders, Sean Prins, Wayne Klauss, Drew Heard, Gary Brumby, Steve Monks and Daryl Elliott formed, and mainly under the power of Prins and Klauss gradually pulled the leading four back.

With two and half kilometres to go, these two bunches rejoined, and remained together to battle out the finish. Coming around the final bend, with one hundred and fifty metres to go, the pace was on, with many riders battling for position. Peter Wemyss got his wheel in front to take out the win, half a wheel ahead of Glenn Ford, who in turn was half a wheel in front of Wayne Klauss.
Peter Wemyss also scored the fastest race time of one hour, one minute and fifty-seven seconds, and average speed of 39.7kph







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