CLUB racing was at Outtrim on Saturday afternoon and the weather was variable with a good shower over the junior field at 1.30pm but generally fine for the senior race between 2 and 3.30pm. This was the first day of handicaps and perhaps not all were happy with the outcome.
On the basis of the results, the handicapper has a bit of work ahead to resolve where to put all the riders.
In the junior race over 12km on an out and back run to Hudson Rd, the visiting Caulfield-Carnegie rider, Kobi Merchant proved to be a class young rider as she said thanks for the handicap and easily won the race in a good time of 23.32.
She was followed home by a bunch of four riders the scratch duo of Grace Mclean and Aaron Fraser, plus the 30 sec duo of Bernadette Fitzgerald and Alex Bennett.
In a four rider dash to the line it was Bernadette who edged ahead for 2nd place (22.42), followed by Aaron Fraser at 22.12, third and fastest time.
Then with less than half a wheel was Alex Bennett and Grace McLean.
Grace rode well as she had dashed from netball and jumped on the bike without a warm-up.
A short break in time saw Oliver McLean take 6th at 27.34 followed by Thomas Fitzgerald at 27.28 sec.
In the senior race around Kongwak, Korrine and West Creek there were 18 starters in six groups with limit at 12 minutes.
From the finish times the handicapper has plenty of work to do to get the out-markers into the races.
The duo on limit had a 4min gap on a foursome at 8min followed by a trio on six minutes comprised of David Lumby, Stephen Wilson and Gary Campbell.
David and Stephen were able to keep a good pace going rounding up the limit riders but in turn were well marked by another quartet at 4 min comprised of Will Lumby, Rod Cheyne, David Supple and Mark Bensley.
At 3 minute there was a duo of Chris Rowe and Lachy Matthews.
On scratch there was a trio of Thomas Mcfarlane, Clem Fries and Ronald Purtle.
Ronald was in strife early on the climb up to the Korumburra Rd however, Thomas and Clem had picked up Lachy and Chris by Korrine and shortly after had Will, Rod and David in reach.
This gave a big bunch to power along Lynnes Rd and reel in the leaders.
The run along the Inverloch-Kongwak and then Outtrim Road saw a bunch of seven riders reach the hill up to the reserve.
The uphill dash saw a clear win to Thomas and fastest time in 1.04.33, followed by Clem 1.04.35, Will 1.08.40.
This left some clear space to dad David in 1.10.45, just ahead of Steve Wilson, 1.10.45, David Supple, 1.08.45 and Chris Rowe 1.07.45. Rod Cheyne came home in 8th at 1.08.56, Lachy 9th and a good ride by Austin Timmins rounding out the top 10.
Austin had been at pony club camp all week so bike training was not on the agenda.
There is no racing over the Easter weekend but the following weekend – April 26 and 27 is the running of the annual junior experience event.
The Saturday will see around 80 riders from around the State converge on Wonthaggi at the Recreation reserve. The Sunday will see the action move to Outtrim.
The club hopes to see some good racing from our junior riders with five making their debut at this level of racing.
The same weekend Will Lumby will be away racing at the National Mountain bike titles so we wish him well for that event.
Tuesday night there is a Club meeting at Phil Ewingtons.
Members are invited to attend to help put final details in place for the junior weekend.