Max Leiner (Carnegie-Caulfield) and Oliver McLean (Leongatha) battle it out for the intermediate sprint during the Men’s Under 15A criterium at Wonthaggi on Saturday.

Max Leiner (Carnegie-Caulfield) and Oliver McLean (Leongatha) battle it out for the intermediate sprint during the Men’s Under 15A criterium at Wonthaggi on Saturday.

Leongatha rider, Austin Timmins competing in the Men’s Under 17 Hillclimb championship at Outtrim on Sunday.

Leongatha rider, Austin Timmins competing in the Men’s Under 17 Hillclimb championship at Outtrim on Sunday.

THE Leongatha Cycling Club had great weather for its annual promotion of junior road racing with great support from the principal sponsor –the Inverloch branch of the Bendigo Community Bank – and a good turnout of Club members as officials/helpers for all the racing and canteen duties.
The club had a good number of riders including several novice riders having their first taste of competition at a wider level than just club racing.
The weekend features a four-event Saturday at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve where riders try their luck at a time trial, a straight line sprint, a criterium and a scratch race.
The Sunday sees racing relocate to Outtrim where the first order of the day is the State Hill climb Championship races up Mt Misery, followed by a road handicap race.
There were riders from Warragul, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and all the city clubs.
Racing was for the following age groups, for both boys and girls – Under 17s, Under 15s, Under 13s and Under 11s.
Full race results are listed on the Leongatha Cycling Club Facebook page and website.
The club’s more seasoned riders had a really successful weekend whilst new riders had a great time trying the events and feeling they can be a part of the activities.
All came away with some reward for the weekend.
Whilst Leongatha Cycling Club members who had success at the recent Country Titles were all to the fore again, the addition of some metro riders added another layer to the competition.
Austin Timmins (Men 17) was the best performer over the weekend winning the time trial, criterium, scratch race and straight line sprint, however on Sunday he had another rider to contend with and had to settle for second in the Hillclimb and third in the road race.
However it was a great performance over the two days.
Zach Stubbs-Taylor was second in the B Grade (M17) hill climb.
In the Women 17 division, Grace McLean also performed really well but had a National Track champion to contend with.
Her efforts on Saturday yielded seconds in the time trial, sprint, criterium and third in the scratch race.
On Sunday she did not contest the Hillclimb but again took second in the road race.
Felicity Waddell of the Warragul club was third in the Hillclimb and third in the road race.
The club had a large contingent in the Men 15 division.
Oliver McLean had a busy time trying to counter the influx of A Grade riders and whilst not successful in all events showed plenty of determination to prevail in some.
For Saturday, he claimed a win in the A Grade scratch race and time trial, second in the criterium and third in the sprint.
Thomas Fitzgerald was second in the B Grade scratch race and second in the B Grade criterium.
Kaleb Jans was second in the C Grade criterium and third in the B Grade scratch race.
On the Sunday, Oliver was second in the Hillclimb whilst Kaleb was first in the B Grade Hillcimb with Jack Allen also running second in this event.
They all rode well in the handicap event but missed on the podium.
Over the weekend there was track racing on Saturday night at the Disc indoor velodrome in Melbourne.
Thomas McFarlane was back in action and won the Kierin and sprint events.
This night of racing also robbed the junior event of some competitors in the Under 17 division.
Next weekend the club racing is at Bena for criterium racing along the section of old highway just to the east of the town.
This is a tough course and will see some graded scratch events.
The club expects some of the Warragul riders to attend so the numbers should be good in the various grades.