Xmas Handicap 43.5km Handicap
Sunday 10th December 2017
Frank Kean, Sean Prins and Wayne Klauss
3 minutes 15 seconds
Aidan Leahy and Steve Monks
6 minutes 30 seconds
Edwin Irvine, Drew Heard and Dean Hayward.
Meg Parnaby, Alan Barnett and Ross Lumley.
25 minutes 30 seconds
Kevin Grellet and Peter Mayo.
How the Race Unfolded.
Limit riders Peter Mayo and Kevin Grellet set a good pace on the Fyans Creek course, out to the turn near the highway, coping well with the slight head wind to average 28.54kph, about half a kilometer above expected handicap time, and giving them an early advantage over the other bunches.
Second limit averaged 32kph to the turn, as expected, while the following 3 bunches were slightly under, with the mid field bunch averaging 34.8kph, second scratch averaging 36.36kph and scratch 38kph.
The wind must have favoured the return journey, as all bunches increased their averages back to the finish. Over McCracken Hill, limit still had a good lead, with second limit chasing hard. Further back the remaining 3 bunches were all closing on each other, but all were still riding strongly.
However there was no catching the limit riders, who were revelling in the relatively calm conditions and went on to win, with Peter Mayo taking line honours from Kevin Grellet. Second limit was next in, with Meg Parnaby taking third from Ross Lumley in fourth place.
Not far behind, the rest of the field were all coming together with scratch catching second scratch with about 300m to go, and the combined bunch finishing about 10 seconds behind the 6 minute riders. Frank Kean took fastest time from Sean Prins.
1st Peter Mayo
2nd Kevin Grellet
3rd Meg Parnaby
4th Ross Lumley
Peter Mayo - 1 hour 22 minutes 6 seconds
Average speed of 29kph
Frank Kean - 1 hour 9 minutes 39 seconds
Average speed of 38.58kph
Light variable winds.
Club Awards for 2017
Aggregate Winner - Meg Parnaby
Backmarkers Championship - Frank Kean
Most Improved Rider - no award given
Rider of the Year - no award given