THE Leongatha Cycling Club was able to enjoy a good day for racing at Korrine on Saturday although at the start time there was a strong northerly blowing.
However, over the course of the race (two laps) this dropped substantially.
There were 17 starters for the senior race including hand cyclists Alex Welsh.
The trio on scratch, Thomas McFarlane, Austin Timmins and new club time trial champ – Will Lumby, had two riders on three minutes, six riders on seven minutes, three riders on 10 minutes and single riders at 13 minutes and 16 minutes, all chasing Alex.
The handicapper had a reasonable day although some riders were perhaps impacted by the six-strong seven minute bunch.
This group were able to chase down all but Alex and whilst the older riders tried to shake the young tyro – Oliver McLean – on the downhills runs and sections with a tail wind by virtue of more suitable gearing compared to his restricted gears, Oliver was able to chase them down on the climbs, especially the steep run up to the Glen Alvie corner.
However, their efforts were not enough to catch Alex who finished one minute clear in a time of 1:16: 36.
Oliver led home the sprint for second place just ahead of Kevin Feely, Chris Rowe and Leigh Stott.
New rider Karen Hill also from the seven minute bunch was next home with a great ride for sixth place.
Another 20 seconds back saw the sprint for seventh and fastest time with Thomas McFarlane taking the honours in 56:20, just ahead of Austin Timmins.
Ninth place went to Harrison McLean and rounding out the top 10 was Will Lumby.
Rod Cheyne, just back from riding around France and being pretty fit after riding up lots of mountains including the legendary Mt Ventoux, found the pace of the seven minute bunch a bit too hot and his times suggest the 10 min bunch was more to his pace.
In the B Grade race over one lap there were seven starters and this race produced plenty of action out on the road.
On the long climb up the McGraw Road hill, the lone scratch rider, Thomas Fitzgerald, basically had all the field stretched out in his view.
Sulli Herbert (seven minutes) was finding the hill a grind but Jack Allen had dropped co-marker Greg Bradshaw (three minutes) and was flying, catching Harry Herbert (five minutes).
Also going well was Kaleb Jans (two minutes) who had caught Zach Stubbs- Teylor (2.30) who was over–heating with a warm up jacket still on.
Shortly after this Zach came to a sudden halt when his jacket caught in the wheel as he was trying to take it off.
This allowed Thomas to go streaming past.
Through the roundabout and up the next climb, Kaleb Jans also came to a halt with a puncture just when he looked like hitting the front.
This left Jack desperately trying to stay ahead of Thomas but the climb up to the Glen Alvie corner brought him undone.
Thomas went sailing by and on to a clear win in a time of 34:18 minutes.
Jack finished on well to hold second and Harry Herbert persevered to take third.
Zach recovered his momentum to finish fourth, followed by Greg, Kaleb and Sulli.
Next Saturday club racing will start at Leongatha North however, a large number of riders will be away competing at the State Titles.
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