Melbourne to Warrnambool, 1.5
Australia, October 9, 1999
Drew scores second major in two weeks
By Adam Murchie
The race started at 7 am in warm and blustery conditions. With the event being under neutral control for 15 km, the riders were itching to race and it was shown by the nervousness of the bunch. This resulted in an early fall while the race was still under control.
The large field with all the major favourites still intact produced a few attacks, but none that really stuck. The 4 KOM sprints were hotly contested, and resulted in the field splitting again further on the final Mt Moriac climb. It was here that the winning move was made, with Jamie Drew, Chris White, Tim Decker and John Flood accelerating over the top of the climb, to be joined by a small group of riders later.
The bunch proved to be strong, with time checks showing them to be pulling away. At the 120 km mark, the weather set in and it began to rain. The lead group has their lead reduced to 90 seconds, but they again accelerated and moved away again.
At this point, the main field became edgy, and a group of riders launched off the front to form a smaller chase group. This sealed the race and the main field was now content to ride for the lower placings and grade results.
Drew, Decker, White and Flood attacked the lead group and rode away, with Drew breaking away on the final climb 2 km out to seal the event. He was one of the favourites to win and the Warrnambool crowd was ecstatic at having a local win the event. Cameron Hughes lead in the chase group from Eddie Salas and USA rider Matt Annand, while Rik McCaig took out the main bunch sprint from Adam Murchie and Marc Loecherer. Colin Barnard rode strongly to win D grade from local Brendan Pendergast, followed in by the only female entrant, Katie Mactier who put in a stellar effort
1 Jamie Drew Wbl 6.42.51 2 Chris White (Nsw) 3 Timothy Decker (Bgo) 4 John Flood (Bgo) 5 Cameron Hughes (Qld) 6 Heiko Szonn (Ger) 7 Matthew Anand (Can) 8 Peter Milostic (Nsw) 9 Jason Phillips (Qld) 10 Kelvin Martin (Nsw) 11 Brendon Vesty (Nzl) 12 Eugene Moriarty (Ire) 13 Antonio Cruz (Usa) 14 Rene Stadelmann (Swi) 15 Simon Gerrans (Bnl) 16 Ciaran Power (Ire) 17 Rik Mccaig (Bgo) 18 Adam Murchie (Fty) 1st C grade 19 Marc Loecherer (I-A) 2nd C grade 20 Chris Carr (Car) 1st B Grade 21 Simon Small (I-A) 3rd C Grade 22 Brendan Gilholme (Car) 4th C Grade 23 Daniel Bellis (Fty) 2nd B Grade 24 Paul Forrest (Act) 3rd B Grade 25 Danny Hollingworth (Car) 4th B Grade 26 Justin Hogan (Car) 5th C Grade 27 Evan Moore (Car) 6th C Grade 28 Timothy Wilson (Glw) 5th B Grade 29 Jaaron Poad (W.A) 6th B Grade 30 Tyson Lawrence (W.A) 31 Simon Bone (Car) 32 Morgan Barnes (Lga) 33 Michael Mcnena (Ire) 34 Michael Yarski (Usa) 35 Aaron Gullan (Bbn) 36 Christoph Goehring (Swi) 37 Michael Themann (Swi) 38 James Taylor (Car) 39 Graham Carlson (Fty) 40 Benjamin Jackson (Lga) 41 John Lieswyn (Usa) 42 Anthony Kellen (Qld) 43 Wayne Anderson (Nsw) 44 Benjamin O'Leary (Fty) 45 Robert Tighello (Car) 46 Dermot Finnegan (Ire) 47 Andrew Stalder (Bbn) 48 Anthony Di Battista (Bbn) 49 Brad Mills (Nsw) 50 Brad Davidson (Car) 51 David Collins (Shp) 52 Adham Sbeih (Usa) 53 Gareth Atkins (Tas) 54 Matthew Jackson (Fty) 55 Trent Wilson (Nsw) 56 Zeth Romanis (Stk) 57 Stephen Taylor (Wbl) 58 Craig Taylor (Ptf) 59 Adam Pyke (Chs) 60 Chris Eichler (Ptf) 61 Michael Watkins (Bbn) 62 Dean Monk (Mlt) 63 Raymond Turner (Bgo) 64 Robert Young (Nsw) 65 Karl Wood (Car) 66 Edward Harman (Fty) 67 Colin Barnard (Bbn) 68 Stuart Terrall (Nsw) 69 Brendan Pendergast (Wbl) 70 Stuart West (Mtg) 71 Katie Mactier (Car) 72 Nick Pasharis (Fty) 73 Terry Sketcher (Ptf) 74 Kevin Harley (I-A) 75 Trent Stevenson (Shp) 76 Gerard O'shea (Qld) 77 Dennis Markouris (Bwk) 78 Damien Power (Nsw) 79 Michael Hollingworth (Car) 80 Brian Mcnamara (Wbl) 81 Stephen Henery (E-M) 82 Daryl Habel (Prs) 83 Tom Mcdonough (Cbg) 84 Gerard Farrell (Wbl) 85 Richard Knight (Bbn) 86 Christopher Bourke (Mpr) 87 Phillip Tehan (Fty) 88 Mark Braddock (Fty) 89 Peter O'callaghan (Car) 90 Chris Gippel (Mpr) 91 John Grima (Fty) 92 Brendan Budge (Cbg) 93 Drew Arthurson (Mpr) 94 Robert Pagey (Car) 95 Peter Sens (Bgo) 96 Dave Heath (Bgo) 97 Paul Robinson (Bbn) 98 Cameron Hill (Mlt) 99 Dermot Avon (Car) DNF Allan Iacuone (Mlt) DNF Brent Mccaig (Bgo) DNF Robbie Ventura (Usa) DNF David Lee (Nzl) DNF Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) DNF Nathan Clarke (Tas) DNF Ben Day (Qld) DNF Baden Cooke (Bnl) DNF Tim Bennett (Bgo) DNF David Pell (Bgo) DNF Ashley Sheard (Bgo) DNF John Forrest (Act) DNF Matthew Allan (E-M) DNF Troy Clarke (Car) DNF Luke Weir (Car) DNF Robert Boag (Fty) DNF Matthew Tuck (Car) DNF Steve Williams (Nsw) DNF David Hiley (Nsw) DNF Christian Heule (Swi) DNF Hilton Clarke, Jnr (Car) DNF Peter Zvedenyk (Car) DNF Peter Herrewyn (Fty) DNF Darren Roberts (Fty) DNF George Vallins (Glw) DNF Anthony Challinor (Nsw) DNF Christopher Savage (Qld) DNF Matt Sydes (Tas) DNF Tim Bennett (W.A) DNF John Baker (Wod) DNF Martin Tobin (Wng) DNF Shayne Kirby (Bfd) DNF Robert Lewin (Act) DNF Paul Brewer (Bbn) DNF Andrew Swatton (Bgo) DNF Cameron Dean (Bgo) DNF Steve Morrow (Car) DNF Gary West (Car) DNF Dean Smith (Car) DNF Troy Lethlean (Glw) DNF Jason Stirling (Glw) DNF Christopher Bradford (Ftf) DNF Brendan Rowbotham (Fty) DNF Jay Bessell (I-A) DNF Nicholas Oakley (Mpr) DNF Geoffrey Stevenson (Shp) DNF Andrew Miller (Car) DNF Jacinta Roache (Wbl) DNF Luke Medhurst (Bwk) DNF Peter Howard (Car) DNF Trevor Jones (Cbg) DNF Robert Looby (Ire) DNF Andrew Coster (I-A) DNF Brett Cahir (Mlt) DNF Mark Neiwand (Nor) DNF William Clifton (Nor) DNF Harry Berkery (Nsw) DNF Jonathan Maher (Wbl) Sprint King Jamie Drew KOM Champion Matt Annand 1st Warrnambool Rider Jamie Drew