70 riders competed on what looked, only 3 hours earlier, would be a complete washout. However the Rain Gods were merciful and we had a superb afternoon’s racing around the Paterson/Corio/Lakes Roads triangle. The circuit is around 28 kms and took the riders around 45 minutes to complete. ‘A’ grade were away first but, most unusually, however they were caught by the theoretically slower ‘B’ grade riders. Once joined neither grade had the horse power to get away from each other so they both intermingled and finished together leaving the officials to sort out the results. Fortunately we were using the electronic timing system and finishing photos to help sort it out. ‘A’ grade was won by Phil Deisel from Ian McLurg and Dave Berglund and the ‘B’ grade was taken by visiting rider Mark Hindley from Colin Rose amd another visitor Matthew Wardyner. In the ‘C’ grade event Thomas Breen broke away from the bunch 12 kms before the finish and rode on his own to win from Craig McDonald and Geoff Marshall. The ‘D’ grade race was won, in a fast sprint finish, by Rob Ramirez from Dave Mitton and Don Griffin. Tom Power puntured early on and rode solo for 45kms. ‘E’ grade was convincingly won by Bruce Berrington, who repeated his Serpentine effort a fortnight ago and is destined for ‘D’ grade. Tony Ridgley and Evan Sharpley were second and third. The Juniors rode a sinle lap along with escorts Coach Murray Coombs and Daniel Gray. Harry Lee-Kelly won the sprint with Ethan McConnachie and Todd Brown close behind.
May 06 2012