Fyans Creek Road
Sunday 9th December 2012
A strong southerly greeted a good field of 25 riders for final race of the year, the Xmas Handicap, held over the 44km circuit from Fyans Creek Road, around Lake Lonsdale.
The first half of the race was mostly tail or side wind, with the last 12km home into a head wind.
Limit riders Meg Parnaby, John McIntyre and Peter Mayo set off with the wind behind them, taking full advantage of their fourteen and a half minute start. At the half way point of the race, they still had a lead of 5 minutes over the six and a half minute bunch of Daryl Elliott, Dean Knights, Stuart King, Geoff Hateley, Tony Rathgeber, Alan Barnett and Laura White.
Further back the two and a half minute second scratch riders were struggling a little, having only pulled back one minute on the six and a half minute bunch at the half way point. They had lost Rod Hetherington fairly early with a puncture, but still had a strong bunch of riders in Shaun Blackie, Glenn Ford, Gary Brumby, Drew Heard, Dean Hayward and John Hunt.
Up until now the handicappers had thought they had done a good job of the handicapping, with three of the four bunches very similar to the race the week before, where all the bunches had come together at once, but 6km from home. So they gave each bunch the extra time needed to come together at the finish of this race, but were still foiled when the scratch riders lifted their game another notch or two.
The scratch riders Wayne Klauss, Peter and Crystal Wemyss, Danny Monaghan, Steve Monks, Geoff Richards, Jason Shipcott and Sean Prins took off at break neck speed, sitting on just under 50kph for the first 7km, before dropping to around 45kph with the side wind. However, it took its toll, with one rider blowing up, and not long after that Danny Monaghan punctured, but the damage was done to the other bunches.
At the half way point, scratch was only 20 seconds behind the second scratch riders, but once again turning with the wind on the side at this point, they still took another 4km to catch them.
With these two bunches combined relatively early in the race, then the rest was a matter of time.
Approaching the Mt Dryden T intersection, with 7 kilometres to go, scratch reeled in the six and a half minute riders, but the limit riders were still up the road.
Out in front, Peter Mayo had made a break from Meg Parnaby and John McIntyre, with the combined field reeling in Parnaby and McIntyre with about 4 kilometres to go. However Mayo hung on to get across the bridge with one kilometre to go, still in the lead, but was overtaken soon afterwards, about 900 metres from the line.
In the final sprint, Gary Brumby got up from Peter Wemyss, Glenn Ford, Jason Shipcott and Crystal Wemyss.
Peter Wemyss recorded fastest time of 1hr, 6min 43sec, an average speed of 39.7kph (44.3km).
End of year presentations followed as well as the AGM.
Aggregate winner and also the Backmarkers Championship went to Peter Wemyss.
Most improved rider went to Laura White.
Meg Parnaby was presented with an engraved plate in recognition of her performances through the year. She won her age group time trial and road race at the Veterans South Pacific Championships 2012, and the Victorian Road Championships in her age group.
Crystal Wemyss was also presented with an engraved plate in recognition of her performances through the year. She won her age group time trial at the Veterans South Pacific Championships and also recorded the fastest women’s time of the day.