Senior riders make a turn of the loop course set at Outtrim on Saturday.
LEONGATHA Cycling Club riders were able to enjoy a glorious Saturday afternoon for racing, however, the day was not quite as planned as a motor bike rider had crashed on the road circuit just on the Kongwak side of the Outtrim reserve.
Racing was rescheduled onto a different circuit but still with the uphill finish on Mt Misery.
Instead of racing through Kongwak, Lance Creek and Wattle Bank, riders did two loops of Outtrim to Leongatha South prior to tackling the hill.
The senior field of 18 riders included a former Leongatha resident in Brian Sing back on holidays from WA.
The scratch trio of Brett Franklin, Clem Fries and Brian Sing gave away starts of three minutes to a trio, five minutes to a five rider bunch, five riders on eight minutes and a duo on 14 minutes.
The flat terrain to Leongatha South resulted in some high speed riding which saw the limit riders picked up after 30km.
In addition there were others not handling the fast tempo.
After the 40km loop there was a bunch of 11 riders who hit the base of Mt Misery.
At the finish line it was a sprint between Brett and Brian with Brett just grabbing the honours.
After this, the riders limped over the line with individual efforts up the hill.
David Supple continued his great form with third, then it was Clem Fries, Harrison McLean, Ronald Purtle, Garry Campbell, Rod Cheyne, Will Lumby and Tony Clark rounding out the top ten.
Brett’s time was 1.08:22.
The junior riders raced out to Hudsons Road and return with the finish at Rileys Road up Mt Misery.
Oliver McLean made a mockery of his disdain for riding hills as he bridged his three minute gap to Tom Fitzgerald to tackle the hill in the lead.
Meanwhile, the scratch duo of Bernadette Fitzgerald and Grace Fitzgerald had managed to chase down Alex Bennett and Matt Winchester.
Up the hill to the finish and it was a clear win to Oliver from Tom with a further gap back to Bernadette who finished in third and fastest.
She was followed in by Alex, Matt and Grace.
Last weekend some of the Masters riders raced the State Masters Time Trail championships.
Brett Franklin, Phil Hanley and Rod Cheyne all got amongst the medals in the various age groupings.
Phil Hanley was surprised at how serious some of the competitors were with their time trial bikes, heart rate monitors and aero helmets.
Next week’s racing is at Pound Creek with the seniors racing for the McIndoe Cup whilst the juniors will race for the Dancs Cup.