Bruce Fleming held off the charging bunch to
claim victory in Echuca-Moama Cycling Club's annual Bendigo to Echuca 100km
handicap race recently.
Sixteen starters contested the event and were
greeted with a howling wind at the race start in Huntly.
Four bunches were in the race, with 20 minutes
separating limit from scratch.
Off limit was Bruce Fleming, Brent Ferguson and
Will Kettle, these three riders had an eight-minute start over the second
limit group of Ray Hamilton, Graeme Lockwood, Bruce Goldburg and Glen
Second scratch was made up of Craig Riddington,
Wayne Saunders and Dave Fulton, while the scratch bunch consisted of Troy
Griffith, Mick Hone, Tim Fraser and Jim Avard.
The first casualty of the day was Bruce Goldburg,
who slipped off the back just out of Huntly.
Up front, Fleming was on a mission and by
Tennyson had ridden off on Will Kettle and Ferguson.
The scratch group had dropped off Avard, Mick
Hone came to a stop at Kotta with a puncture putting him out of contention.
Fleming held off the second bunch down Terricks
Rd into a side wind to take out the race by over one minute. Second place
was claimed by Lockwood in a sprint finish from Glen Kettle.