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Results and Reports for March 30-31, 2002
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Illawarra Cycling Club
March 30, 2002
Bunnies get the win
With the committee not wishing to compete with the furry chap with big ears on Sunday morning it was decided to commence the Saturday afternoon winter race season last Saturday, March 31, 2002.
The riders still struck it lucky when Patricia Gooley organised hot cross buns and chocolate eggs for afternoon tea following the race.
Due to the Easter break numbers were down for the 41.5km handicap but there was still a good representation of riders off each mark.
The limit riders of Reg Hitchens, Geoff Gooley and Vince O’Dwyer took full advantage of the start they were given and swapped off turns well until the turn around at Calderwood road when Hitchens continued on by himself.
At the other end of the race Peter Jones succumbed to a recurring back problem that left Brendan Cato alone to bridge the two minute gap to the block bunch.
The 8.30 minute bunch were powering along and even when Mick Kejda punctured and two other riders found the pace too hot and dropped off the remaining three kept their head down and legs going. Paul Kennedy on holiday from Victoria had joined Peter Evans and Mick Shannon in the break.
The 6.00 minute bunch was sharing the work well with Brian Joyce, Ross Irvin and Garry Doughty all riding strongly. They had the 8.30 riders insight but could not close the gap.
The five riders off the 3.30 mark had also combined well with Dave Russel and Mark Davis powering along. They also had the bunch infront insight but weren’t closing the gap quickly enough to catch them by the finish.
Cato closed the 2.00 minute gap to the four block riders, a monumental ride by himself, but then hit the wall and dropped off them. The fact that he had ridden to Sydney in the morning may have been a contributing factor.
Kennedy was took quick for Evans in the sprint and Shannon crossing the line five seconds later. Irvin led the next bunch home 45 seconds later from Joyce, Pereira and Doughty.
The block bunch caught the 3.30 riders just before the finish, they were led over the line by Mark Wall a further 45 seconds behind the bunch infront. Wall also recorded fastest time of 1.03.43.
There is no local race next week as over thirty riders will be going up to Bredalbane for the Southern Division road titles. The next local race will be a 41.5km scratch race on April 13th, group six will be providing marshals.
Results - 41.5km handicap race
1 Paul Kennedy 1.12.59 2 Peter Evans 3 Mick Shannon 4 Ross Irvin 0.45 5 Brian Joyce 6 Joe Periera 7 Garry Doughty 1.06 8 Reg Hitchens 1.31 9 Mark Wall 10 Andrew Shepherd 11 Marcus Arnold 12 Mark Davis 13 Simon Gay 14 David Russel 15 Tony Pulo 16 Lionel Covington 2.51 17 Geoff Gooley 18 Vince O'Dwyer 5.14 19 Brendan Cato 8.20 Dnf Mick Kejda 17.01 Dnf Frank Tortorici Dnf Peter Jones Dnf Adam Hotchkis Dnf Teegan Makowski Dnf Jason Johnson Dnf Phil Jones