Christmas Handicap 43.5km
Sunday 9th December 2018
Sean Prins, Aidan Leahy, Peter Wemyss, Steve Monks and Frank Kean
Edwin Irvine, Dean Hayward, Danny Monaghan and Malcolm Hayes
Rod Heatherington, Meg Parnaby, Tony Lloyd and John McIntyre
Crystal Wemyss, Kevin Grellet, Alan Barnett and Terri Clarke
How the Race Unfolded.
A good field turned out for the final race of the year, held on an out and back course from Fyans Creek, around the top of Lake Lonsdale to just before the highway.
The south westerly wind gave the riders a push out to the turn, with all bunches recording good times.
From the start it was obvious that the second scratch bunch was flying, with all riders contributing. However at the turn the lone limit rider Ross Lumley was doing well, and would prove hard to catch.
At this point the third limit riders had only taken 30 seconds out of the second limit bunch, and the second scratch riders were less than a minute behind them, but on the return journey the second limit riders must has tired as the third limit bunch caught them about a kilometer before McCrackens Hill, with about 7 kilometers to go, but were in turn caught on the hill by the second scratch riders.
Meantime the scratch riders had also been riding really hard, averaging 40.35kph to the turn, but the second scratch riders had lifted their game 1.5kph above recent race efforts and were never going to be caught.
They finally reeled in the lone limit rider with about one kilometer to go. In the final sprint Malcolm Hayes just held out Danny Monaghan by about half a wheel to take out the race, with Edwin Irvine third and Dean Hayward fourth. Fastest race time went to Peter Wemyss ahead of Frank Kean.
1st Malcolm Hayes
2nd Danny Monaghan
3rd Edwin Irvine
4th Dean Hayward
Malcolm Hayes - 1 hour 10 minutes 28 seconds
Average speed of 37.03kph
Peter Wemyss - 1 hour 06 minutes 31 seconds
Average speed of 39.23kph
Averages at the turn (25.5km)
Limit - 29.34kph
2nd limit -
3rd limit -
2nd scratch - 37.77kph
Scratch - 40.35kph
Light to medium south westerly.
Club Awards for 2018
A special thank you to the Wemyss's for hosting an excellent BBQ after the race.
Aggregate Winner - Kevin Grellet
Backmarkers Championship - Peter Wemyss
Most Improved Rider - Les Dunn
Rider of the Year - Meg Parnaby