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Results and Reports for May 4-10, 2002
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Mildura-Coomealla Cycling Club
May 4, 2002
By Peter Winton
Handicapper, Barry Pollock, sent newcomer Brendan Liddle off with not so young Billy Wass with a 20 minute start on scratch. At 12 minutes were Robyn Doyle, Ralph Morrish, David Priest, Michael Osborne (new) and Kev Gregory. six minute markers included Harvey Dwyer, Mark Phillips, Michael Vaughan, Basil Taggert (new) and Barry Gentle (Broken Hill).
The scratch group was essentially a B grade group including Peter Mills, Arthur Anderson, Jack Lokan, Barry Pollock, Michael Shipsides, Nathan Welsh and Peter Winton bolstered by A grade riders Rob McNally and Adam Wightwick. The 20 minute gap was always a worry and became more so when Pollock punctured early and Mills dropped out of the running.
The limit riders had gone round once on the 6km circuit and had a further two and half minutes of ride time on the next bunch. The 12 minute group contained some handy club riders capable of holding speeds in the mid to high 30's. The chase pack rounded up the 12 minute bunch at about half way (fourth lap) and set to task to reel in the next handy group. It wasn't until the 36km mark however that scratch sighted the six minute bunch and even then they were a kilometre off. With scratch down to seven riders and not all of them with their minds on the job it was a frustrating and tiring effort to make considerable inroads. Added to this the fact the B grade riders are usually in "stay-away" mindsets and not "chase", hopes of catching the limit groups faded.
By this time Brendan Liddle had made good use of his generous handicap and although jumping on the back of a group he wasn't supposed to (excuses for his race ignorance) he deserved the winning points ( if he joins up!).
Scratch rounded out their day with a bunch sprint behind Rob McNally who could have gone around again for a further 48.5 km's after not having Kevin Tankard to contend with all day.
Good numbers, excellent conditions and a great result for the limit riders all in all a great days racing.
The Club looks forward to next week's 70km graded scratch at the Riverside circuit as riders concentrate on preparing for the Tour of the Riverland (Berri Open).
Results - 48.5km Handicap
1 B Liddle 1.33.15 2 K Gregory 3 M Osborne 4 R Morrish 5 D Priest 6 B Taggert 7 M Phillips 8 H Dwyer 9 B Gentle 10 R McNally (1.14.22) 11 M Shipsides 12 N Welsh 13 P Winton 14 A Wightwick 15 A Anderson 16 J Lokan 17 R Doyle Fatest time - Rob McNally 1.14.22 4 riders not finishing