Stawell Joel South 47.2km Handicap
Sunday 6th October 2019
Sean Prins, Edwin Irvine and Frank Kean.
Dean Hayward and Peter Parnaby
John McIntyre and Kevin Grellet
How the Race Unfolded.
A slow moving flock of sheep being herded along the course forced a course change before the start, and the race became an out and back from Stawell to Joel South.
A strong north westerly helped keep speeds high on the outward journey, but was swirling a lot and at stages was alternating from opposite sides of the road.
At the turn all bunches were well up on handicap, and on turning most riders were unprepared for the sudden blast of wind they faced.
On the return journey, the strength of the wind tended to level out the differences between the bunches, will all struggling to get up any speed.
The limit riders did very well to maintain an overall average of 29kph and crossed the line 2 minutes clear of the mid bunch, with scratch a further 2 minutes behind.
John McIntyre took out the race from Kevin Grellet, with Peter Parnaby third. Frank Kean recorded the fastest race time.
1st John McIntyre
2nd Kevin Grellet
3rd Peter Parnaby
John McIntyre - 1 hour 37 minutes 26 seconds
Average speed of 29kph
Frank Kean - 1 hour 20 minutes 23 seconds
Average speed of 35.23kph
Averages at the turn 24.6km
Limit - 34.16kph
Mid bunch - 37.9kph
Scratch - 40.84kph
Averages at the finish
Limit - 29kph
Mid bunch - 32.2kph
Scratch - 35.23kph
Strong north westerly.