Date:> 21/12/2009 Terricks Road, 28k

 

COMFORTABLY CLAPHAM

The final road race for 2009 inspired 23 riders for a final attack at the Mt. Terricks Rd circuit on Monday 21nd December.

Michael Taylor generously offered his spare hand cycle for any willing takers and Jamie Costello-Manning took up the challenge.

Brimming with confidence Costello-Manning fired off into the sunset as the limit marker.

5 minutes behind was Michael Taylor, with Costello-Manning still within his sights he set a blistering pace in the early km’s in an effort to bridge this gap.

3rd limit left 9 minutes behind and consisted of Glen Kettle, Bruce Fleming, Ray Hamilton, Graeme Lockwood, Warren Duffy, Ben Oman, Bruce Goldburg & Dave Oman.

Another 1 ½ minutes in arrears were 3rd scratch comprising Paul Oman, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Greg Patterson and Andy Clapham. With last weeks winner in Grealy and form riders Clapham & Oman this group looked strong on paper and worked strongly in the early stages.

2nd scratch was chasing 2 minutes behind with Dermot Finnegan, Domenic Orso, Paul Jarman, Clint Flanigan and Brett ‘Turbo’ Smedley. Both Jarman and Orso receiving a harder handicap this week and were keen to show their speed in the early stages.

19 minutes from the front of the field were the scratch markers consisting of Troy Griffiths, Tim Fitzpatrick, Nathan Oman and Liam Harland.

Ahead on the road Taylor showed the results of his training and caught Costello-Manning at the 10km mark.

Just behind Duffy, Hamilton & Lockwood were the driving force in 3rd limit and swooped on the 2 hand cyclists at the 17km mark.

Riddington revelled in his return to racing along with Clapham and Grealy as they reeled in the 3rd limit group before the turnaround point.

At the turnaround point Grealy and Clapham upped the ante, splitting the 3rd limit/3rd scratch combination and leaving 7 riders in the lead.

They maintained a 30 second lead the 20km mark over 2nd scratch, which held a 1 minute break on the chasing scratch group. As the race progressed into the later stages the chasing groups began to take casualties with 2nd scratch and scratch reduced to 4 and 3 riders respectively.

Into the final km’s Finnegan & Smedley looked strong as 2nd scratch caught the leading bunch and assumed the lead of the race.

Not to be outdone Ben Oman sensed a chance and broke away from the main field with 2km to the finish. Flanigan, Smedley, Finnegan & Clapham gave chase with Smedley exploding out of the final corner to take the lead. Finnegan was close behind however it was Clapham who shot to the lead in the final 100m to take victory, followed by Smedley 2nd, Finnegan 3rd and Riddington 4th.

Congratulations to Costello-Manning who rode strongly in his first attempt at the hand cycle.

Scratch powered through the final 5km with Nathan Oman recording the fastest time of 39.20 minutes.

 

Date:> 14/12/2009 Terricks Road, 28k

Perfect conditions with minimal wind greeted 24 riders on Monday 14th December at Mt. Terricks Rd

Mick ‘Squizzy’ Taylor continued his preparations for the National Handcycling Series and set of the limit mark with a slight wind at his back.

8 minutes adrift were 2nd limit, with Andrew Crowe, Glen Kettle, Warren Duffy, John Nutter and Daryl Johns. Crowe was competing in his debut race and looked right at home from the outset, using his strong training form to full effect.

A further 2 minutes behind were 2nd limit consisting of Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Matt Grealy, Dave Oman and Ben Oman. Boasting last week’s winner Fleming and form riders Goldburg, Grealy and Oman this group wasted no time in the early stages and cut a significant amount of time to the groups ahead.

Just 1 ½ minutes behind was Andy Clapham, Jeffrey Martin, Domenic Orso, Paul Oman and Brent Farrell.

Dermott Finnegan, Brett Smedley, Bryce Lowndes and Clint Flanigan were chasing of the 2nd scratch mark, starting a further 1 ½ minutes further adrift.

Rounding out the field 15 minutes from limit were the scratch markers, consisting of Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths & Jamie Costello-Manning.

Ahead on the road Goldburg and Grealy drove long turns to catch the 2nd limit group at the 14km mark. As these 2 groups merged they kept the tempo, averaging in excess of 40km.h to the turnaround point.

The middle group were working well as a team and had cut the deficit to the 2nd limit/3rd limit combination to 1 minute by the turnaround point.

Just behind Finnegan was continuing his strong return to racing and put 2nd scratch into a strong position at the turnaround, just 300m behind the middle bunch.

At the end of the field scratch had been reduced to 3 riders, however with Griffiths in scintillating form they kept the field within view .

At the 22km mark 3rd limit rounded up Taylor and assumed leadership of the race with Ben Oman finding a second wind to push this group to the finish.

Just behind 2nd & 3rd scratch merged with Smedley and Finnegan keeping the tempo, whilst Paul Oman, Martin, Clapham and Orso joined in the chase.

Despite the chasing groups best efforts, the team-work from 3rd limit enabled them to round the final corner in the lead.

Ben Oman was the first to fire, producing a long strong turn at the front 1km from the finish. Goldburg then assumed control, with Grealy, Dave Oman and Fleming scrambling for his wheel. Waiting patiently, Grealy picked his moment to fire and with 100m to the line he shot to the lead to take the victory. Goldburg held on strongly for 2nd, Dave Oman 3rd and the evergreen Fleming 4th.

Nathan Oman and Troy Griffiths stormed home in the final kilometres to tie for the fastest time of 39.05 minutes.

 

Date:> 30/11/2009 Terricks Road, 28k

BRUCE IS BEST!

22 riders returned to Mt. Terrick’s Rd for Monday night racing on 30/11/09.

With the prospect of milder conditions this week, Michael “Squizzy” Taylor started enthusiastically off the limit mark.

10 minutes behind were 2nd limit, consisting of Bruce Fleming, Glen Ketle, Warren Duffy & new rider Simon Hall.

Another 4 minutes behind was Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Goldburg and Greg Patterson. Patterson and Goldburg looked fresh in the early stages following their eventful weekend racing in Bendigo and Shepparton.

3rd scratch was just 1 minute adrift with Jeff Martin, Paul Oman, Dom Orso and Sam Kennedy. Kennedy had shown solid training form in recent weeks and is likely to prosper as the season evolves.

A further minute behind was Brett “Turbo” Smedley, Graeme Butcher, Neil Thompson and Clint Flanigan.

Rounding out the field were the scratch markers, starting 17 minutes from the front of the field and including Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffiths & Liam Harland. Harland made the step back to scratch this week following his solid recent form.

Taylor battled hard into the strong crosswind, producing a magnificent solo effort. Just behind 2nd limit worked beautifully, averaging 36kmh and by the turnaround point held a 1.45 minute lead over the chasing groups.

Further behind Smedley was holding the pace for 2nd scratch; however they succumbed to the scratch quartet at the 12km mark.

This newly formed group of 8 rolled through turns in an attempt to negate the stiff breeze with Griffiths and Costello-Manning in control.

In the middle of the race Orso, Oman and Martin battled hard to maintain their minute advantage over the chasing 2nd scratch/scratch combination.

At the turnaround point, strong surges from Griffiths, Smedley and Butcher split the field with Griffiths, Costello-Manning, Harland and Flanigan left to round up the remaining groups.

At the 20km mark 2nd limit became the new leaders of the race with Fleming and Kettle looking strong and Duffy riding with renewed zest following the completion of VCE.

As scratch caught the middle groups, Goldburg and Hamilton used the break to their advantage. Griffiths showed no mercy to his father-in-law Hamilton as he increased the tempo into the final kilometres.

Just ahead Fleming, Kettle and Hall were left to hold of the chasing riders. In the final surge towards the line Kettle turned up the heat with Fleming and Hall in tow.

As the line loomed Fleming fired for a final flurry to take the win followed by Kettle and Hall. Harland broke away from his fellow scratch markers to record the fastest time of 40.05 minutes.

 

Date:> 23/11/2009 Thyra Road, 30k

ORSO “STARS” AT THYRA RD

22 riders trialled a new 30km road course at Thyra Rd on Monday 23/11/09. which was proudly supported by the Star Wine Bar & Café.

Michael ‘Squizzy’ Taylor took advantage of the cooler conditions this week and headed off as the sole limit marker.

6 minutes behind were the 4 K’s, comprising of Glen Kettle, Elijah Kettle, Will Kettle and Kathryn Keer-Keer.

A further 4 minutes further back were Ray Hamilton, Paul Jarman, Dom Orso, John Doyle and Dave Oman. Jarman had shown solid form in the morning groups and started strongly in his debut handicap race.

Just 1 minute adrift were 3rd scratch including Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Greg Patterson, Bruce Goldburg and Andrew Clapham.

Chasing 1 ½ minutes behind were Brett Smedley, Clint Flanigan, Neil Thompson and Jeff Martin. Martin felt comfortable in the group from the outset and looked to reel in those ahead from the start with solid support from his co-riders.

Rounding out the field with a 14 minute handicap were scratch, comprising of Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning and Tim Fitzpatrick.

With a solid tail wind for the first half of the race, riders were able to cruise at speeds greater than 40km/h. Most groups made solid progress on those ahead during the early stages; however it was the incline at Green Gully where the most significant progress was made.

3rd scratch had cut the deficit to 3rd limit to just 25 seconds at the halfway mark, with 2nd scratch 20 seconds further back and the scratch trio another 40 seconds adrift.

Strong turns by Orso and Jarman helped 3rd limit catch Taylor, the Kettles and Keer-Keer by the 23km mark and at the same time Smedley surged to allow 2nd scratch to catch the group ahead. This newly formed group of 8 combining well to increase the tempo with Martin and Thompson in control.

Just behind Griffiths and Fitzpatrick tried in vain to bridge the gap to the rest of the groups, however it was Hamilton who came to life in the final stages to ensure 3rd limit would remain impossible to catch.

Smedley made a last ditch effort to reel in the leaders; however with 500m to go it was Hamilton, Orso, Jarman, Doyle & Dave Oman who were left to contest the final sprint.

Rounding the final bend Orso surged to the front, quickly countered by Oman and Jarman. With 100m to the finish Orso jumped to the lead again and was able to hold on for his debut win, with Oman 2nd, Jarman 3rd and the ever reliable Hamilton 4th.

Tim Fitzpatrick finished 40 seconds behind to record the fastest time of 42.36minutes.

Riverine Therapeutic Massage Encouragement Award: Jeffrey Martin

Star Wine Bar & Café Award: Paul Oman

 

Date:> 16/11/2009 Terricks Road, 28k

CLAPHAM CONQUERS! 16/11/09

With the temperature settling from previous weeks, 20 riders contested Monday night road racing at Mr. Terricks Rd on 16/11/09.

A constant side wind provided no advantage as the riders set off for a 28km slog into the sunset.

Michael “Squizzy” Taylor got things underway with Team Kettle, Glen and Elijah chasing just 5 minutes behind with Kathryn Keer-Keer.

3rd limit were a further 2 minutes behind and included Andrew Clapham, Ray Hamilton, Warren Duffy and “Buffalo” Bruce Fleming.

3rd scratch looked even on paper and left a further 2 ½ minutes further back consisting of Paul Oman, Bruce Goldburg, Greg Patterson & Matt Grealy.

Bryce Lowndes, Craig Riddington, Clint Flanigan and Graham Butcher made up 2nd scratch and they started 3 minutes in arrears to the group ahead.

Rounding out the field were Brett Smedley, Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning and Tristan Gerrish who started 13 ½ minutes from the front of the field.

3rd limit were being driven by Clapham in the early stages and had caught Team Kettle and Keer-Keer at the 9km mark. This newly formed group of 7 worked well in combination to reel in Taylor by the 12km mark.

2nd scratch started evenly, however were caught by the rampaging scratch quartet at the 11km mark. This early charge had taken its toll however Smedley and Costello-Manning battled on valiantly.

In the middle of the pack the 3rd scratch group remained solid cutting the deficit to 3rd limit to 1 ½ minutes by the turnaround point

As the race reached the turnaround point and headed to the final stages, 3rd limit continued their strong teamwork with Hamilton, Fleming and Clapham the sole survivors. Just behind, Oman, Goldburg, Patterson and Grealy surged towards the finish, steadily cutting into the 3rd limit advantage.

Further back on the road the chasing quartet of Griffiths, Gerrish, Costello-Manning and Flanigan were trying in vain to bridge the gap to those ahead with Griffiths and Gerrish looking strong in the final stages.

In the finish it was the 3rd limit trio of Hamilton, Fleming and Clapham who were left to contest the final dash to the line with Clapham holding off a fast finishing Hamilton with Fleming 3rd. Oman was the quickest of the chasing group to take 4th with Troy Griffiths charging home to take the fastest time in 41.02 minutes

 

 

Date:> 9/11/2009 Terricks Road, 28k

The change of temperature and pounding Port to Port ride resulted in 12 willing riders for the first Mt. Terrick ‘s Rd handicap for the 09/10 series.

Michael Taylor got things underway and started the trek up Terrick’s Rd with steam radiating of the asphalt.

Team Kettle left 3 minutes later with Elijah and Glen working well together and hoping for a boilover. 5 minutes further adrift were 3rd limit comprising Dave Oman, Paul Oman, Matt Grealy and Andrew Clapham. Clapham looked confident following his victory in the criterium last week, whilst Paul Oman continued his strong form following the World Masters Games last month.

Just behind were Jeff Martin, Andrew Clapham, Liam Harland and Dermott Finnegan. Finnegan making a welcome return to racing, bringing a wealth of experience and a bit of Irish luck!

2 minutes behind and rounding out the field were scratch, which consisted of Tim Fitzpatrick, Graeme Butcher and Brett Smedley.

At the turnaround point Team Kettle had bridged the gap to Michael Taylor; however they had worked well in tandem to maintain an 80 second gap over Dave Oman, Matt Grealy and Paul Oman.

Scratch was also making inroads, cutting the deficit to 2nd scratch to just 50 seconds by the turnaround point.

With 5km to the finish Paul Oman, Dave Oman and Matt Grealy reeled in Team Kettle and it was Elijah who jumped into the mix and rolled turns with the more experienced riders.

Harland, Finnegan, Clapham and Martin had this group within their sights and took the lead with 3km to the line.

This newly formed group of 7 lifted the tempo in an attempt to keen the chasing scratch trio at bay.

As they rounded the final turn there were 7 riders lining up for a frantic sprint finish, however it was Harland who broke free to record a strong victory. He was followed by Finnegan, Grealy and Paul Oman.

Fitzpatrick scorched over the line 25 seconds later to record the fastest time of 39.52

 

Date:> 26/10/2009 Terricks Road, Team Time Trial 28k

1ST  35.23:> Darren Carmody, Brett Smedley, Warren Duffy

56.54:> Jamie Costello-Manning, Michael Taylor,Greg Patterson, Paul Oman           

42.57:> Tim Fitzpatrick, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jeffrey Martin

37.14:> Tristan Gerrish, Annie Barton, Bruce Goldburg

38.34:> Clint Flanigan, John Doyle, Ray Hamilton

36.28:> Liam Harland, Craig Riddington, Andrew Clapham, Matt Grealy 

 

WINTER ROAD RACE RESULTS:

The winter series sponsored by the Kyabram Club will incorporate the Koyuga racing into an individual point series event called the Ivan Collings Koyuga Challenge.
Points are allocated from 5 down to 1 for the first 5 place getters and bonus 2 points for starting. There are 6 nominated races at Koyuga with individuals best 5 results to count allowing for a missed race.

 

Koyuga 52Kms- FINAL, Race 6 - Kyabram Club, Ivan Collings Memorial Series 19/9/2009

Series Winner:> Leigh Egan

1st John Salter, 2nd Clint Flanigan, 3rd Jeff Martin, 4th Liam Harland, 5th Greg Patterson

F/T Jake Cowman

 

Limit –         25mins,   Simone Costello-Manning, Paul Fitzgerald, Karen Butcher, Gorgina Salter, Phil Hird  

2nd limit –    16mins,   Graeme Lockwood, Mark Sampson, Bruce Fleming, Bernie Leahy, Peter Metzger, Dave Oman, Warren Duffy

3rd limit –     10mins,   Bruce Goldburg, Graeme Sylvestor, Greg Patterson, Bryce Lowndes, Matt Grealy, Ray Hamilton, Paul Oman

3rd scratch – 6mins,     Clint Flanigan, John Salter, Jeff Martin, Liam Harland, Dom Orso, Troy Griffith

2nd scratch – 3½mins, David Fulton, Jai Howard, Darren Carmody, Graeme Butcher, Neil Thompson, Geoff Stevenson

Scratch,         Leigh Egan, Rowan Birch, Jake Cowman, Jamie Costello Manning, Tristan Gerrish,

 

The final race of the 2009 Ivan Collings Series was held at Koyuga on Sat 19th September. Proudly sponsored by The Kyabram Club it saw 38 riders greeted with fine conditions and a mild northerly wind to keep the day interesting.

The first group to leave consisted of Paul Fitzgerald, Simone Costello-Manning, Phil Hird, Georgina Salter and Karen Butcher

Karen and Georgina started their debuts strongly and looked comfortable within the group in the early stages.

Dave Oman, Bernie Leahy, Bruce Fleming, Graeme Lockwood, Mark Sampson, Warren Duffy and new rider Peter Metzger started of 2nd limit and were 9 minutes behind.

A further 6 minutes further back were 3rd limit comprising Bruce Goldburg, Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Greg Patterson, Matt Grealy, Graeme Silvester and Bryce Lowndes. With Patterson, Oman, Hamilton and Goldburg heading to the World Masters Games in 2 week this group looked strong on paper and was sure to have an impact on the finishing places.

Another 4 minutes in arrears was the middle group including John Salter, Clint Flanigan, Liam Harland, Jeff Martin, Dom Orso and Troy Griffiths. Despite a couple of weeks out of racing Griffiths looked the form rider in the early stages.

Just 2 ½ minutes behind were 2nd scratch who had Dave Fulton, Jai Howard, Neil Thompson, Geoff Stevenson, Graeme Butcher and Darren Carmody. Carmody and Thompson looked the goods during the warm up and decided to handicap themselves a further 30seconds behind their group as a personal challenge.

Rounding out the field were scratch with Leigh Egan, Rowan Birch, Jake Cowman, Tristan Gerrish and Jamie Costello-Manning, who were a further 3 ½ minutes behind and 25 minutes from the front of the field.

Further ahead on the road, Dave Oman & Lockwood settled well and controlled the 2nd limit group.

Just behind, Paul Oman, Grealy & Goldburg drove the 3rd limit group and immediately cut into their deficit to those ahead.

Trying to keep this group within sight were the middle bunch, with Griffiths and Harland keeping the pace in the first half of the race.

2nd scratch were under the pump in the early stages with Fulton and Howard keeping strong.. Costello-Manning continuing his strong season with Egan and Cowman controlling the race of the bunch.

Coming into the last lap the middle group had merged with 3rd limit, despite some initial confusion this newly formed group continued worked well in combination.

The chasing scratch group were a further 3 minutes in arrears with 1 lap remaining, whereas the newly formed limit/2nd limit group were approximately 500m ahead.

As the race came to its conclusion the distance between the groups steadily decreased with 3rd limit/middle group making a strong effort to reel in limit with approximately 1km to the finish.

As they merged Harland fired off the front, with the remainder of the riders scrambling to his wheel. With 300m to the finish he shot to the lead again, this time Martin, Flanigan, Oman, Patterson and Salter in tow.

With the finish line looming riders were lining for the sprint, Salter fired up the road and cruised to victory with Flanigan, Martin, Harland and Patterson rounding out the placings.

The scratch bunch finished just behind with Cowman finishing strongly to take the fastest time.

In the overall standings Leigh Egan completed a strong series to be awarded the inaugural Ivan Collings Series champion.

 

 

 

 

Date:> 12/9/2009 Rushworth 64k

1st Neil Thompson, 2nd Jeff Martin, 3rd Dom Orso, 4th Craig Riddington

F/t – David Fulton 1.45.13

 

Limit –     13mins, Bernie Leahy, Mark Sampson, Graeme Lockwood, Bruce Goldburg, Paul Oman, Greg Patterson, Ray Hamilton, Leigh Murphy

Middle –  6mins, John Salter, Jeff Martin, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Dom Orso, Andrew Clapham, Liam Harland, Neil Thompson

Scratch –            Clint Flangian, Dave Fulton, Jai Howard, Jamie Costello-Manning, Tim Fitzpatrick, Nathan Oman, Darren Carmody

 

The Rushworth Handicap brought the sun, the wind, rolling hills and 23 eager Echuca-Moama riders keen to try the 22km circuit.

A big limit group consisting of Bernie Leahy, Mark Sampson, Graeme Lockwood, Bruce Goldburg, Paul Oman, Greg Patterson, Ray Hamilton and Leigh Murphy set off into the distance, however were immediately met with a small rise at the first turn.

The middle group left 7 minutes later and consisted of John Salter, Jeff Martin, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Dom Orso, Andrew Clapham, Liam Harland and Neil Thompson. Martin, Orso, Clapham & Grealy had shown impressive form over the past fortnight and were expected to push the group in the early stages.

A further 6 minutes behind and rounding out the field were scratch consisting of         Clint Flanigan, Dave Fulton, Jai Howard, Jamie Costello-Manning, Tim Fitzpatrick, Nathan Oman and Darren Carmody. With Howard, Oman and Fitzpatrick all qualifying for the Victorian State Schools Championships during the week, the fellow scratch markers were in for a tough day.

Early casualties were the order of the day with all groups registering a loss by the end of the first lap. At the front of the field Oman, Hamilton and Goldburg looked solid as the maintained a 4 minute gap at the end of the first lap.

Just behind it were Orso and Thompson controlling the bunch as they only lost 1 minute to scratch to the 22km mark.

Rounding out the field scratch was travelling solidly with Costello-Manning and Fulton continuing their strong form.

As the remaining competitors continued to fall, this race of attrition was closing as the final lap loomed. Hamilton, Oman and Goldburg held a slender 2 minute lead to Orso, Martin, Thompson and Riddington, whilst it was a further 4 minutes back to Fulton and Howard.

The front 2 groups merged together into the final 10km’s and riders fought with the tailwind for position into the final sprint. Comfortable they were going to hold the chasing scratch duo Thompson, Orso, Martin, Riddington and Oman were shoulder to shoulder into the final corner. Using his deft acceleration it was Thompson who shot clear of the field with 200m to the finish and sailed to victory followed by Martin 2nd, Orso 3rd and Riddington 4th.

A great effort to Jamie Costello-Manning and Leigh Murphy both of whom persisted valiantly to the finish despite losing contact with their respective groups.

Best of luck to Jai Howard, Nathan Oman and Tim Fitzpatrick at the State Schools Championships on the 17th October. Liam Harland and Tim Donnan also represented their schools and were unlucky not to qualify finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

 

Date:> 5/9/2009 Terricks Road 50k

1st Michael Taylor, 2nd Andrew Clapham, 3rd Paul Oman

F/t – Tristan Gerrish, Encouragement Award - Dom Orso

 

Limit:--         35mins, Michael Taylor

2nd limit –     25mins, Ken Wilson, Paul Fitzgerald

3rd limit –     12½mins, Bernie Leahy, Mark Sampson, Trish Beasley, Graeme Lockwood, Dom Orso

Middle –       8mins, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Andrew Clapham, Dave Merrett, Paul Oman, Dave Oman, Leigh Murphy

3rd scratch – 5mins, Greg Patterson, Jeff Martin, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Will Kettle, Ray Hamilton

2nd scratch – 2½mins, Clint Flangian, Jason Jezewski, Neil Thompson, Dave Fulton

Scratch -      Mark Finlay, Tristan Gerish, Jai Howard, Jamie Costello-Manning, Matt Jones

 

Taylor Triumphant at Terricks

The scenic Mt. Terricks Rd course brought 30 riders to contest Saturday racing on 5/9/09. The 15km/h headwind for the initial 20km leg would prove a tough challenge for all riders although Michael Taylor made solid progression on his hand cycle in the first 10km.

In his 2nd race and relishing the challenge was Paul Fitzgerald who started off 2nd limit along with Ken Wilson.

A further 12 ½ minutes behind was Bernie Leahy, Trish Beasley, Mark Sampson, Graeme Lockwood and Dom Orso.

The biggest group of the day were 3rd limit, starting another 4 ½ minutes back and including Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Dave Merrett, Leigh Murphy, Andrew Clapham, Paul Oman and Dave Oman.

Jeff Martin looked strong in the early stages combining with Craig Riddington, Greg Patterson, Matt Grealy, Will Kettle and Ray Hamilton to make up the middle group.

Chasing 2 ½ minutes in arrears was Jason Jezewski, Neil Thompson, Dave Fulton and Clint Flanigan. Thompson had accepted a harder handicap this week and looked at home in this group.

A further 2 ½ minutes behind and rounding out the field were scratch, consisting of Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Costello-Manning, Jai Howard, Matt Jones and visiting rider Mark Finlay. Finlay and Jones wasted no time and tried to make significant time in the early stages.

At the front of the race Beasley and Orso looked solid as they tried to hold off the big 3rd limit group at bay.

Just behind Martin and Grealy continued their strong form and they had lost minimal time to the chasing 2nd scratch at the 20km mark.

Scratch however had reveled into the wind and reeled in the 2nd scratch quartet by the 23km mark.

The newly formed scratch/2nd scratch group began rolling turns and could see the 3rd scratch group on the road ahead, however they had significant work to do at the halfway mark.

Just ahead Taylor had turned into the tailwind and wound up the speed into the final stages in an attempt to hold off the remainder of the field.

Fitzgerald was providing strong vocal support to Wilson, however were caught by the big middle bunch coming into the last 10km.

Dom Orso was unfortunate to suffer yet another puncture, however he showed remarkable resilience quickly changing the wheel and rejoining the race with the scratch group.

Into the final stages Taylor maintained his pace and held off all comers to record his 2nd victory for the winter series.

With the remaining riders from the middle group/3rd limit/2nd limit all lining up to contest the places it was looming as a bunch sprint.

Dave Oman fired first, quickly followed by Merrett and Lockwood who sensed their chance for the line. Paul Oman was positioned well and shot from the field with the line looming, however Clapham also reacted and in a frantic dash for the line he was able to take 2nd, Paul Oman 3rd.

Dom Orso received the Riverine Therapeutic Massage encouragement award for his recovery following his puncture.

Local rider Warren Duffy was also victorious in the Castlemaine Cycling Club’s Ken Maddern Snr Memorial. Warren rode like a demon in the 40km undulating course, attempting a successful 30km breakaway to the line.

Best of luck to Greg Patterson, Bruce Goldburg, Paul Oman and Ray Hamilton, all of whom are contesting the World Masters Games in Sydney next month.

 

Koyuga 52Kms- Race 5 - Kyabram Club, Ivan Collings Memorial Series 29/8/2009

1st Tim Fitzpatrick, 2nd Clint Flanigan, 3rd Jeff Martin, 4th David Fulton, 5th Michael Saunders

F/T Tim Fitzpatrick 1.39.34, Acquisto’s Massage Voucher - Paul Fitzpatrick

 

Limit –         18mins,    Katherine Keer Keer, Simone Costello-Manning, Paul Fitzgerald, Nick Maddick 

2nd limit –    10mins,   G. Lockwood, Mark Sampson, Ken Woods

3rd limit –     6mins,     Bruce Fleming, D. Oman, Bruce Goldburg, Ashley O’Farrell, Dave Merrett, Graeme Sylvestor

3rd scratch – 3½mins, C. Riddington, Jeff  Martin, Neil Thomson, Leigh Murphy, Dale Lowndes, Matt Grealy, Michael Saunders

2nd scratch – 1½mins, David Fulton, John Salter, Jai Howard

Scratch,         Tim Fitzpatrick, Clint Flanigan, Jamie Costello Manning, Tim Donnan

 

Overcast and windy conditions saw 27 riders contest race 5 of the Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series.

Paul Fitzgerald made his debut for the Echuca Moama Cycling Club and was joined by Nick Maddick, Kathryn Keer-Keer & Simone Costello-Manning off the limit mark.

Fitzgerald used his voice to good effect in the early stages and his group made strong progress in the early stages.

Welcoming back Ken Woods and following 8 minutes later were 2nd limit, which also included Graeme Lockwood, Mark Sampson and Robyn Lewis.

3rd limit were a further 4 minutes behind and included Dave Merrett, Bruce Goldburg, Dave Oman, Ashley O’Farrell, Graeme Silvestor and Bruce Fleming. Goldburg looked solid in the early stages following his 2nd placing in the Noel Smith Memorial the week prior.

Neil Thompson continued his solid improvement and left 2 ½ minutes in arrears along with Craig Riddington, Jeffrey Martin, Leigh Murphy, Dale Lowndes, Matt Grealy & visiting rider Mick Saunders.

Chasing 2 minutes behind wee Jai Howard, John Salter and Dave Fulton.

Rounding out the field another 1 ½ minutes behind 2nd scratch and 18 minutes from limit were the scratch group consisting of Jamie Costello-Manning, Tim Fitzpatrick, Tim Donnan and Clint Flanigan.

The first half of the race was an even affair with most groups holding their targets within view on the road. In the middle of the race Martin continued his good form along with Lowndes who set the pace in the strong breeze.

In the big group ahead Oman pushed the pace as they tried to keep the chasers at bay, whilst reeling in those ahead. Merrett was unlucky at this stage to succumb to another mechanical failure.

At the front of the field Keer-Keer and Costello-Manning were keeping Fitzgerald under control, however they were caught by 2nd limit with Woods enjoying his comeback.

The race looked to be coming together into the final 15km with scratch bridging the final gap to 2nd scratch after some Herculesian turns by Flanigan. Once caught, Fulton and Howard worked alongside the other scratch markers to reduce the gap to the middle groups.

The front groups held a solid lead into the final 5km, however the strong headwinds in the final straight gave the chasing groups a strong chance of making the distance.

Fulton and Fitzpatrick controlled the pace as the back markers caught the front of the field.

As they turned into the final straight several riders attempted to split the group including Fulton, Fitzpatrick & Lowndes.

Into the final kilometer, this group had splintered with Fulton, Flanigan, Fitzpatrick, Costello-Manning, Martin, Saunders and Lowndes remaining. Fitzpatrick fired with Flanigan in tow and they were able to open a gap to the chasing field.

With the finish looming they were able to hold this small advantage with Fitzpatrick holding off a determined Flanigan to claim victory. Fitzpatrick 1st,  Flanigan 2nd, Martin 3rd, Fulton 4th and Saunders 5th.

6 riders contested the kid’s race including Josh & Jess Thompson, Grace and Cam Gray & Ruby and Zac Fleming.

With the initial tailwind 6 riders contested the kid’s race including Josh & Jess Thompson, Grace and Cam Gray & Ruby and Zac Fleming.

With the initial tailwind Zac, Ruby and Cam took the advantage, however it was Josh, Grace and Jess who pushed into the headwind. In the frantic final sprint it was Josh Thompson 1st, Grace Gray 2nd, Ruby Fleming 3rd, Cam Gray 4th, Jess Thompson 5th & Zac Fleming 6th.

 

 

Shamrock Hotel Bendigo to Echuca 93Km Road Race 23/8/2009

 

1st Steve Spencer, 2nd Bruce Goldburg, 3rd Neil Thompson, 4th Greg Mundy, 5th Leigh Murphy, 6th Ray Hamilton, 7th Dave Oman, 8th Bruce Fleming, 9th Noel Sens, 10th Graeme Lockwood

Fastest time - Sam Condor 2.32.35, Fastest Female - Nicole McCormick 3.09.04
 

Limit>               Nicole McNamara, Nerissa Stafford, Bernie Leahy, Warren Duffy

10mins>            Graeme Lockwood, Greg Mundy, Steve Spencer, Dom Orso, Syd Anstee, Bruce Tonkin

14mins>            Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Leigh Murphy, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thompson, Todd Fleming, Ray Hamilton, Noel Sens, Matt Grealy

22mins>            Dave Mannix, Jeff Martin, Will Kettle, Greg Patterson, Dave Merritt, Paul Oman, Phil Bone, Andrew Creek, Dale Lowndes

27mins>            Terry Schintler, Steve Gray, Clint Flanigan, Graeme Butcher, David Fulton, John Salter, Rick McIntosh

30mins>            Jamie Costello Manning, Todd Schintler, Jeff Cobbledick, Sam Condor

The Noel Smith Memorial Bendigo to Echuca race was held on Sunday 23rd August, with 42 riders greeted with headwinds of 15km/h for the 93km journey.

Local rider Warren Duffy lead limit into the Whipstick National Park, joined by Bernie Leahy, Narissa Stafford & Nicole McNamara.

Following 10 minutes behind were Dom Orso, Bruce Tonkin, Graeme Lockwood, Greg Mundy, Syd Anstee & Steve Spencer. Despite it being his first time in the race Orso looked solid in the hills during the early stages.

A further 6 minutes back was the biggest group of the race including Noel Sens, Ray Hamiton, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Todd Fleming, Neil Thompson, Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham, Leigh Murphy & Bruce Goldburg. Thompson looked slick early on, whilst Hamilton looked comfortable in the hills following his training camp through the French Alps.

3rd scratch started another 6 minutes behind and consisted of Dave Mannix, Jeffrey Martin, Will Kettle, Greg Patterson, Dave Merrett, Paul Oman, Phil Bone, Andrew Creek & Dale Lowndes. Patterson looked fresh following his victory in the recent Club Championships and strong showing in veterans racing the day prior.

5 minutes adrift were 2nd scratch comprising Terry Schintler, Steven Gray, Clint Flanigan, Graeme Butcher, Dave Fulton, Ric McIntosh & John Salter. Gray looked strong in the early stages following his supreme effort to ride from Echuca to the start line. Salter was unlucky to snap his chain after looking comfortable in the first 15km, whilst Butcher & Fulton assumed control once the race flattened out at the 25km mark.

Starting 3 minutes further back and a total of 30 minutes from the front of the field were scratch, including Sam Condor, Todd Schintler, Tristan Gerrish, Jeff Cobbledick and Jamie Costello-Manning. This group took the initiative early on in the race and made significant group through the hills, cutting the deficit to 30 seconds by the 25km mark.

At the front of the race limit had lost a rider to a flat tyre and were down to 3. At this point Duffy assumed control and took full advantage of his new wheels to push strongly into the headwind.

Coming into the middle stages 2nd limit had cut the gap to limit just before the turn into Lockington with Goldburg, Oman and Sens setting the pace.

Further behind, scratch had bridged the gap to 2nd scratch by the 40km mark with Gerrish, Costello-Manning, Butcher & Cobbledick looking solid as the group  started to roll through turns.

Fighting the breeze through Lockington and onto Kotta Rd was particularly difficult for most groups with minimal wind cover. Turning right onto Mt. Terrick’s Rd brought a reprieve for the final 18km to the finish.

3rd limit pushed hard to the finish with 5 riders working well together, with the  front markers only 200m ahead into the final kilometres.

Goldburg and Oman fired for 1 last attack and made the gap to the lead group. During this time Steve Spencer had taken the initiative and skipped away from 2nd limit to take a 100m lead. He held on strongly to win the Noel Smith Memorial for 2009. Just behind the large 2nd & 3rd limit group lined up for a sprint finish with Goldburg 2nd, Thompson 3rd, Mundy 4th, Murphy 5th and Hamilton 6th.

Just over a minute behind scratch contested for the fastest time, with Costello-Manning looking in control with Cobbledick also in the mix. In the end it was Condor who found the break to take fastest time of 2 hours 32 minutes.

 

 

 

 

2009 Club Championships 15/8/2009

Road Race: Rochester 50 Kms

Open:>          1st Tim Fitzpatrick, 2nd Tristan Gerrish, 3rd Jai Howard

Vets:>           1st David Fulton, 2nd Steve Gray, 3rd Neil Thompson

Super vets:> 1st Greg Patterson, 2nd Paul Oman, 3rd Bruce Goldburg

 

Time trial: Terricks Road 13 Kms

Open:> 1st Tim Fitzpatrick 19.06, 2nd Tristan Gerrish, 3rd Liam Harland

Vets:>  1st Steve Gray 19.43, 2nd Dave Oman, 3rd Warren Duffy

Super vets:> 1st Paul Oman 21.52, 2nd Greg Patterson, 3rd Ray Hamilton

 

 

 

Date:> 08/08/2009 Nanneella 52Kms

1st Michael Taylor, 2nd Matt Grealy, 3rd Leigh Murphy, 4th Dave Oman, 5th Ray Hamilton

 

Taylor wins at Nanneella:

Sensational blue skies finally for Saturday racing saw 25 riders enjoying the sun’s warmth as they raced around the new 52km circuit at Nanneella. The course is a 13km loop of the area completed 4 times and finishing outside the Nanneella Store.

Handcyclist Michael “Squizzy” Taylor started off 20 minutes with visions of staying away all day while in 2nd limit off 18 minutes were Bob Craig, Warren Duffy, Ken Wilson and Mark Sampson. 3rd limit on 10 minutes were Dave Oman, Robin Lewis, Leigh Murphy, Ray Hamilton and Mat Grealy. 3rd scratch had  a 7 minute handicap with Bruce Fleming, Neil Thomson, Tony Murrell, Dale Lowndes, Greg Patterson, Bruce Goldburg and Jeff Martin. This looked like the form bunch on paper but only time would tell. 2nd scratch on 2 minutes 45 seconds were Jai Howard, Graeme Butcher and Craig Riddington. Chasing the field on scratch were Jamie Costello-Manning, Darren Carmody, Tristan Gerrish, Geoff Cobbledick and Matt Jones.

Squizzy Taylor was away strongly averaging 29.5 km/hr for his first 2 laps. 2nd limit chased well driven by Duffy and Sampson but closing fast were 3rd limit, working well as a team with Oman and Hamilton doing strong turns. 3rd scratch rode smoothly but even with the powerhouse Martin doing big turns they were unable to close the front groups all day.

Second scratch were caught after 2 laps with Butcher doing the majority of the work. Scratch made good time but even with the help of 2nd scratch couldn’t catch any of the other 4 groups. Matt Jones was the strongest rider of the day but was beaten for fastest time on the line by the fast finishing “Typhoon” Carmody in a time of 1:16:45 averaging 41 km/hr.

The main race had already been run ahead with the tiring Taylor having given his all holding on for his first win since joining the club. He won with a clear lead over the field. 2nd limit had been caught by 3rd limit and the sprint for minor placings was taken out by Mat Grealy followed by Leigh Murphy, Dave Oman and Ray Hamilton.

 

 

Date:> 01/08/2009 Terricks Rd Mystery Handicap 50Kms

1st Andrew Clapham, 2nd Paul Jarman, 3rd Matt Jones, 4th Tim Fitzpatrick, 5th Jamie Costello-Manning

F/T Nathan Oman 1.13.51,  Acquisto’s Massage Voucher - Bob Craig

 

Mystery revealed as Clapham takes the prize

31 riders contested the first Mystery Handicap of 2009 at Mt. Terricks Rd. All riders starting in the same group, with the time handicaps revealed at the conclusion of the race.

Tristan Gerrish and Matt Jones looked to take the advantage in the early stages and tested the legs of the rest of the field.

This was countered by Nathan Oman, Darren Carmody, Jamie Costello-Manning and new rider Paul Jarman all of whom took control at the front of the field.

Coming up to the 10km mark the pace of the race was up and down with constant surges from the front markers in an attempt to break up the field.

Steve Gray took a strong turn down the outside of the main field, taking Jeff Martin and Jai Howard along for the ride.

Constant rain began to fall as the first significant attack of the race was initiated by Nathan Oman and Tim Fitzpatrick. They surged for 500m as the race neared the 15km mark with Gray, Carmody, Costello-Manning, Jones, Gerrish and Flanigan able to bridge the gap.

As they turned into Kotta Rd, Jones attempted a solo breakaway into the crosswind with the group behind content to roll through.

Just behind Graeme Butcher, Howard, Martin and Neil Thompson lead the chase holding the leading group within 500m working well to combat the crosswinds.

Just behind Craig Riddington looked comfortable as he formed a group with Leigh Murphy, Matt Grealy, Dale Lowndes and Dave Oman as they attempted to bridge the gap to the middle group.

As the leading group turned into the tailwind leg at the 25km mark Oman and Fitzpatrick took control with the remainder of the group frantically scrambling to find cover.

Chasing 700m behind, Butcher took the initiative with the wind at his back and increased the pace in an attempt to counter the Oman/Fitzpatrick effort.

This group caught Gray as they came to the sweeping bends and entered Wharparilla Rd , approximately 2 ½ minutes behind the leading group.

In the chasing pack, Grealy was strong in the tailwind section with Dave Oman as they attempted to bridge the gap before the finishing leg on Mt. Terricks Rd.

Into the final stages Costello-Manning attempted a superhuman breakaway from the leading group and was able to gain a 100m advantage with 2km to the finish.

He was unlucky in the finish with Gerrish and Oman firing up for the sprint and hitting the lead with 200m to the finish. Oman surged at the line to take the fastest time with Gerrish just behind.

Butcher and Gray were sizing up for a sprint in the group behind, with Andrew Clapham and Thompson firing at the right moment to take the group sprint, which proved decisive in the final standings.

Following 3 minutes behind Grealy and Murphy fought the sprint to the line with Grealy finishing with a flurry to finish just ahead.

Mark Sampson and Paul Oman worked well in combination to finish 1 minute behind this group and Dom Orso recovered well after puncturing to finish 3 minutes and 40 seconds further back.

In the adjusted standings Andrew Clapham benefited from his strong finish to take 1st, Paul Jarman took 2nd on debut, Matt Jones 3rd, Tim Fitzpatrick 4th and Jamie Costello-Manning 5th.

 

Koyuga 52Kms- Race 4 - Kyabram Club, Ivan Collings Memorial Series 25/7/2009

1st Leigh Egan, 2nd T.Stevenson, 3rd Tristan Gerrish, 4th Travis Edwards, 5th Geoff Stevenson, Jeff Martin

F/T Leigh Egan 1.12.45, Acquisto’s Massage Voucher - Dom Orso

 

Limit –        18mins,    Dom Orso, Michael Mueller, Simone Costello-Manning, W. Duffy, K. Wilson, E. Kettle 

2nd limit –   12½min,   G. Lockwood, M. Grealy, B. Leahy, N. Ennis, M. Sampson, G. Kettle

3rd limit –    9½mins,   Neil Thompson, Bruce Fleming, Andrew Clapham, Trudy Stevenson, Jeff Martin, G. Patterson, L. Murphy, D. Oman, Bruce Goldburg, Ashley O’Farrell

3rd scratch – 6mins,     J. Jezewski, G. Butcher, G. Stevenson, C. Riddington, J. Salter, D. Fulton, J. Allermand

2nd scratch – 3½mins, T. Gerrish, C. Flanigan, T. Donnan, J. Costello-Manning, T. Edwards, J. Cobbledick.

Scratch,         L. Egan, T. Stevenson, J. Cowman

 

Sunny conditions and moderate winds saw 38 riders contest race 4 of the Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series.

Domenic Orso made a comeback to racing and set off on limit. He was accompanied by Ken Wilson, Elijah Kettle, Warren Duffy, Simone Costello-Manning and new rider Michael Mueller.

Starting 5 ½ minutes behind were the 2nd limit grouping of Glen Kettle, Mark Sampson, Neil Ennis, Bernie Leahy, Matt Grealy and Graeme Lockwood.  Boasting last week’s hill climb champion Grealy and the experience of Lockwood, this group looked certain to bridge the gap in the early stages.

A further 3 minutes further behind was Neil Thompson, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming, Andrew Clapham, Trudy Stevenson, Jeff Martin, Greg Patterson, Leigh Murphy, Dave Oman and Ashley O’Farrell.

Into the middle of the field, starting 12 minutes from limit was Jason Jezewski, Graeme Butcher, Geoff Stevenson, Craig Riddington, John Salter, Dave Fulton and John Allermand. Strong performances in recent weeks from Butcher, Salter and Riddington gave this group a strong chance of holding the field at bay.

Starting another 2 ½ minutes behind were Tristan Gerrish, Travis Edwards, Clint Flanigan, Jeff Cobbledick, Jamie Costello-Manning and Tim Donnan.

With Donnan currently well placed in the points following his Race 1 victory, he was keen to improve on his tally, with Gerrish and Costello-Manning showing fantastic form in the last month.

A further 3 ½ minutes back and 18 minutes from the front of the field were scratch, consisting of Leigh Egan, Trent Stevenson and Jake Cowman.

Lap 1 was a relatively even affair with most groups making relatively small gains on those ahead.

At the front of the field Dom Orso and Michael Mueller were driving the limit group, however strong turns from Grealy and Leahy ensured the 2nd limit group gained 2 ½ minutes on limit in the 2nd lap.

2nd scratch were the big movers during lap 2, with Gerrish and Costello-Manning looking strong they had made 1 ¼ minutes into the group ahead whilst holding the chasing scratch group at bay.

In the middle bunch, Murphy and Fleming battled strongly with Martin and Stevenson looking comfortable and they had cut the deficit to 2nd limit coming into the last lap of the race.

Further back the race was coming together with the middle bunch lead by Butcher just 20 seconds behind the huge 2nd/3rd limit group.

Whilst Edwards looked comfortable coming into the last lap, his group just 1 minute adrift and maintaining a 50 second buffer on the scratch group behind.

With 10km remaining, the remaining limit markers Orso and Mueller held a 2 ½ minute buffer over the remainder of the field, however the big groups chasing them down ensured they would be caught into the final 5km.

The scratch markers Egan, Stevenson and Cowman produced a strong turn into the headwind to significantly cut the time difference to the field ahead and ensure they were in with a chance in the sprint finish.

Into the final kilometre the entire field had come together, with 25 riders jostling for position.

Trent Stevenson and Egan move to the front of the field, fighting to the line. With a strong final surge, Egan claimed his 3rd victory of the series with Stevenson 2nd. Gerrish, starting a long way back made his was through the field to finish strongly in 3rd. Edwards finished a strong day in 4th, Geoff Stevenson 5th and Jeff Martin 6th. Dom Orso completed a strong return to racing to claim the Riverine Therapeutic Massage award.

 

Date:> 18/07/2009 Rochester/Howards Lane 48k

1st  Matt Grealy, 2nd  Andrew Clapham, 3rd Dave Oman, 4th Paul Oman, 5th Bernard Leahy

F/T Nathan Oman 1.14, Riverine Massage – Leigh Murphy.

 

Limit –         40mins, Michael Taylor 

2nd limit –    18mins, Warren Duffy, Bernard Leahy, Ken Wilson

3rd limit –     10mins, Bruce Fleming, Andrew Clapham, Paul Oman, Matt Grealy, Graeme Lockwood, Glen Kettle, Dave Oman

Middle –      5½mins, Neil Thompson, Ben Oman, Todd Fleming, Jeff Martin, Greg Patterson, Jai Howard, Leigh Murphy, Bruce Goldburg 

2nd scratch –2 mins, Craig Riddington, Graeme Butcher, John Salter, Shane Roberts, Liam Harland

Scratch          Nathan Oman, Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Costello-Manning, Clint Flanigan  

 

The Tour de France and a new course inspired 28 riders for a 48km race at Rochester on Saturday.

With an uphill finish to the top of Howard’s Lane, the course was sure to produce a challenge.

Michael Taylor set of on limit, steadily building up his training for the National Hand-Cycling series in February.

Behind him were Warren Duffy, Bernard Lahy and Ken Wilson, with Lahy continuing his solid form from Lockington the week prior.

8 minutes behind them was the biggest group of the race comprising Dave Oman, Glen Kettle, Graeme Lockwood, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Andrew Clapham and Bruce Fleming. Fleming looked primed in the early stages following a recent bout of the flu, whilst Grealy and Clapham looked solid with a strong tailwind.

A further 4 ½ minutes adrift were the middle group of Neil Thompson, Ben Oman, Todd Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Greg Patterson, Jai Howard and Leigh Murphy. Patterson started confidently following his victory the previous week in the Vet’s race in Bendigo.

Liam Harland and Graeme Butcher started strongly on 2nd scratch and were accompanied by John Salter, Shane Roberts and Craig Riddington, who started 4 ½ minutes behind the middle group.

Another 2 minutes back and rounding out the field were scratch, including Nathan Oman, Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Costello-Manning and Clint Flanigan.

Oman and Gerrish wasted no time in the early stages and immediately cut the deficit CL

Furhter ahead Michael Taylor pressed strongly towards Trewin’s Hill, reaching speeds of 70km/h on the descent.

Just behind 3rd limit had worked well as a group, however lost Kettle and Lockwood over the top of the hill.

The large middle bunch were unlucky to lose Goldburg with a rare puncture, however Martin, Thompson and Howard took control into the strong headwind and the rolling hills in the 2nd half of the race.

Scratch lost Flanigan on Trewin’s hill, however made significant ground on the descent to bridge the gap to 2nd scratch.  This newly formed group kept a steady pace into the wind and had the groups ahead within sight.

The race was coming together by the Ky-Rochester Rd, with scratch/2nd scratch rounding up the middle bunch. Oman, Costello-Manning and Gerrish continued to drive the group along with strong support from Harland, Howard, Riddington and Butcher.

Further ahead 3rd limit held a small advantage as the race came into the final 5km, with Fleming and Oman looking strong.

The final 3km as the groups turned off the highway would prove a challenge with a stiff crosswind and steady rise in the road before the deceptively sharp finish.

3rd limit began jostling for the finish, comfortable they would be able to hold off the remainder of the field. With 2km to the finish Dave Oman tested the legs of his group surging from the front. This was nullified by the rest of the group with Clapham and Grealy well positioned. Paul Oman responded with a strong turn before settling into the middle of the group for the finish.

Clapham and Grealy were jostling at the base of the hill for position with Grealy the first to fire with Clapham lose behind. Grealy surged again in the final metres claim victory from Clapham.  The Oman brothers fought out the final placing with Dave taking 3rd and Paul 4th.

Just behind the fight for the fastest time was heating up with Butcher producing a strong turn in the last kilometre to split the group.  Martin and Thompson were fighting for the wind break with Thompson resorting to a trip off the asphalt.

Into the final climb Nathan Oman broke away to record the fastest time of 1 hour 14 minutes.

 

Date:> 11/07/2009 Lockington Hotel Handicap  

1st Liam Harland, 2nd Graeme Butcher, 3rd Jeff Martin, 4th Matt Grealy

F/t Nathan Oman 1.12.09, Riverine Massage Encouragement award  Bernard Leahy.

 

Limit – 0mins, Bernard Leahy

2nd limit - 7mins, Graeme Lockwood, Neil Ennis, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman

Middle – 10mins, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Glenn Kettle, Neil Thompson, Andrew Clapham

2nd scratch – 14mins, Tristan Gerrish, Graeme Butcher, Liam Harland, Dave Fulton

Scratch – 18mins, Nathan Oman, Clint Flanigan, Steven Gray, Craig Riddington, Jamie Costello-Manning

 

Despite the inclement weather, 19 riders contested the Lockington Handicap on 11/7/09.

The club welcomed Bernard Leahy for his 2nd ride with the club and he set off as the lone limit marker.

The rain started to roll in 2nd limit left the line, starting 7 minutes behind and consisting of Paul Oman, Matt Grealy, Neil Ennis and Graeme Lockwood.

A further 3 minutes adrift were the middle group containing Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Glen Kettle, Neil Thompson and Andrew Clapham. Thompson has shown solid improvement over the last month, steadily increasing his handicap and was keen to improve on that again today. Martin also looked particularly enthused to race after being relived of marshalling duties.

Dave Fulton started with a flurry in 2nd scratch that started 14 minutes from the front and also included Tristan Gerrish, Liam Harland and Graeme Butcher.

Rounding out the field with an 18 minute mark was scratch. Lead by Nathan Oman and including Steven Gray, Craig Riddington, Jamie Costello-Manning and Clint Flanigan.

The consistent rain meant most groups found the initial stages difficult to find rhythm, however Bernard Leahy was producing a strong solo effort off limit and did not look troubled after the first lap.

In the middle group, Martin pushed the pace with Goldburg and Kettle close behind.

Just behind Butcher used the tailwind to his advantage and drove his group forward on the first lap with Harland solid in the initial stages.

At the back, Oman showed control and held his group together with Costello-Manning and Riddington looking comfortable.

Midway through the 2nd lap Butcher, Harland and Gerrish drove their group forward to catch the middle bunch. Fulton was keen to test their legs with Thompson and Martin latching onto the stronger group as they continued onwards. Goldburg was unlucky to puncture after looking strong in the early stages.

Into the last lap, this middle/2nd scratch group had those ahead in their sights with Oman powering the scratch group along despite a 3 minute deficit.

2nd limit had battled strongly all day; however were caught midway through the last lap with Butcher immediately applying the pressure to the weaker riders.

With 8km to the finish there were injury concerns for Gerrish who dropped off his group. However this was later confirmed as a puncture, his 3rd consecutive.

Coming into the last kilometre Harland took his chance and attacked the remainder of the field. He shot up the road with Martin, Butcher, Grealy and Thompson reacting to the break.

Into the final stages it was Harland who had enough left to hold off the field and record his first Lockington win. Martin, Butcher and Grealy fought out the sprint for the placing’s with Butcher overpowering to take 2nd, Martin 3rd and Grealy 4th.

Oman finished with a strong leg into the headwind to record the fastest time of 1.12.09

 

Date:> 5/07/2009 Terricks Road/ 36k Teams time trial

Winners: Team 3, Paul Oman, Andrew Clapham, Neil Ennis, Ken Harris, Time 57.36

 

Team 1, Kathryn Kerr Kerr, Glen Kettle, Ken Wilson

Team 2, W.Duffy, T.Fleming, B.Fleming, D.Oman

Team 4, T Gerrish, J.Costello Manning, C.Riddington, C.Flanigan

Team 5, B Edmunds, T.Griffith, J Martin, T Fitzpatrick

 

Koyuga 52Kms- Race 3 - Ivan Collings Memorial Series 27/6/2009

1st Leigh Egan, 2nd T.Stevenson, 3rd M.Findlay, 4th R.Burch, 5th Jeff Stevenson

F/T Leigh Egan 1.14

Acquisto’s Massage Voucher - Warren Duffy

 

Limit: 0mins,            Warren Duffy, Ken Wilson, Trish.Beasley

2nd limit 5½mins,     G.Kettle, G.Lockwood, A.Clapham, D.Oman, M.Grealy

3rd limit 8mins,         N. Thompson, B. Goldburg, P. Goldburg, Trudy Stevenson, Ash O’farrell

4th limit 8½mins,      B.Oman, R.Keast, Geoff Stevenson, D.Lowndes

4th scratch 9½mins, T.Gerrish, C.Riddington, L.Murphy, D.Fulton, W.Kettle, J.Martin

3rd scratch 12½mins,C.Flanigan, G.Butcher, J.Costello-Manning, J.Jezewski

2nd scratch 15mins,  T.Fitzpatrick, T.Fraser, T.Griffiths, M.Findlay,

Scratch 16mins,        L.Egan, T.Stevenson, R.Burch, N.Oman

 

Despite the threat of rain, 33 riders contested the 3rd race of the Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series for 2009. With Ivan’s wife Lorraine overseeing proceedings Leigh Egan started as leader of the series, with local riders Tim Donnan and Todd Fleming just 2 points behind.

Ken Wilson, Warren Duffy and Trish Beasley set off in the limit group as the rain started to fall.

Following 5 ½ minutes behind were Glen Kettle, Graeme Lockwood, Andrew Clapham, Dave Oman and Matt Grealy.  With Grealy recovering well from a fall last week, he and Clapham were solid in the early stages.

A further 2 ½ minutes further behind were Neil Thompson, Bruce and Phil Gouldburg, Trudy Stevenson & Ash O’Farrell.

Ben Oman, Ricky Keast, Geoff Stevenson and Dale Lowndes started off an 8 ½ minute mark.

Another minute adrift was the biggest group of the race including Tristan Gerrish, Craig Riddington, Leigh Murphy, Dave Fulton, Will Kettle and Jeff Martin. Comprising last years winner Gerrish, this group went into the race as favorite’s on paper and started strongly. They were immediately under pressure with Gerrish puncturing within the first 5km.

Chasing of 12 ½ minutes were Jamie Costello-Manning, Graeme Butcher, Jason Jezewski and Clint Flanigan. With strong turns from Costello-Manning and Jezewski in the early stages, this group made early inroads into the group ahead.

A further minute behind was the experienced quartet of Troy Griffiths, Tim Fitzpatrick, Mark Findlay and Tim Fraser.

Rounding out the field with a 16 minute mark were Leigh Egan, Trent Stevenson, Rowan Burch and Nathan Oman.

As the rain continued to fall the scratch bunch made solid progress on the rest of the field with Oman pushing hard and they had reeled in the 2nd scratch group by the end of the first lap. Just ahead 3rd scratch had reduced the gap by a minute to the group ahead by the end of lap 1.

Within the middle bunch Martin and Riddington pressed forward strongly with Thompson and the Goldburg brothers making the chase diffictult for those behind on the road.

Griffiths rode hard to catch onto the scratch group as they went past and continued to cut deficit to the groups ahead.

Scratch had rounded up the 3rd scratch group mid way through lap 2 with Costello-Manning, Butcher and Jezewski fighting for a spot on the bunch.

The steady rain was taking its toll on many of the riders with most groups taking casualties.

Wilson, Duffy and Thompson did their best to stay away from the chasing bunches, however despite their best efforts the race came together into the 4th lap.

Into the final kilometre Stevenson and Burch were looking strong with Egan placed strongly.

Trudy and Jeff Stevenson had worked hard to latch onto the back of the driving scratch bunch along with Finlay all of whom were a chance into the final sprint for the line.

In the final frantic dash for the line it was Leigh Egan who prevailed taking 1st, with Trent Stevenson 2nd and Finlay holding on for 3rd.  Egan also claimed fastest time with 1 hour 14 minutes and Warren Duffy taking the Acquisto’s massage voucher.

Special thanks to Lorraine Collings and Michael Sweeney for presenting all of the awards, their presence was valued by all of the competitors.

 

Date:> 13/06/2009 Rochester 50k

1st Will Kettle, 2nd Neil Thompson, 3rd Todd Fleming, 4th Nathan Oman, 5th Troy Griffith

F/T Nathan Oman 1.16

 

Limit -      0 mins>         Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham, Todd Fleming  

2nd limit – 5 min>          Dave Oman, Paul Oman, Will Kettle, Glen Kettle, Bryce Lowndes, Neil Thompson, Neil Ennis

Middle – 8½ mins>        Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Dale Lowndes, Jim Avard, Ray Hamilton, John Salter, Jai Howard

2nd scratch – 12 mins>  Jamie Costello-Manning, Graeme Butcher, Clint Flanigan, David Fulton, Tim Donnan

Scratch – 14 mins>       Nathan Oman, Tim Fraser, Troy Griffith, Tim Fitzpatrick, Steve Gray

 

Despite inclement weather conditions 25 riders contested the hilly Rochester course on Saturday 16th June.

Starting out on the wet roads were Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham and Todd Fleming off the limit mark.

Starting 5 minutes behind were the solid group consisting of Dave& Paul Oman, Will and Glen Kettle, Bryce Lowndes, Neil Thompson and Neil Ennis. This group started strongly with Kettle and Thompson continuing their solid form and Lowndes making a strong comeback to winter racing.

A further 3 ½ minutes adrift were the large middle bunch of Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Dale Lowndes, Jim Avard, Ray Hamilton, John Salter and Jai Howard. Howard and Martin looking solid in the early stages and welcoming the return of Goldburg following his Adelaide to Darwin ride in aid of Prostate cancer.

Starting off a 12 minute mark were 2nd scratch who were lead by Jamie Costello-Manning and included Graeme Butcher, Clint Flanigan, Tim Donnan and Dave Fulton.

Scratch made up the field, starting with a 14-minute handicap and consisting of Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths, Steven Gray and Tim Fraser.

The cold conditions made it tough on all riders however scratch wasted no time making significant time on the group ahead. By the 15km mark they had reeled in 2nd scratch and were setting themselves for the climb up Mt. Burramboot.

Oman, Griffiths and Fitzpatrick looked in control as they drove the combined scratch/2nd scratch group over the hill and towards the groups ahead.

Ahead on the road Will Kettle looked strong and along with Thompson powered towards the finish.

Just behind Salter, Hamilton, Howard and Martin looked comfortable through the rolling hills, controlling the pace and holding off the scratch group behind.

With 12km to the finish Nathan Oman produced a long, strong turn to propel the scratch group along, significantly cutting the deficit the middle bunch ahead.

Coming into the final 1km, the 2nd limit group maintained a 30 second buffer over the chasing scratch bunch.

Around the final corner, it was a frantic 400m dash to the finish line with Will Kettle prevailing in the tough conditions to take 1st. Close behind was Thompson who took 2nd, Todd Fleming 3rd. Nathan Oman stormed home to finish 4th and take the fastest time with Fitzpatrick taking 5th.

 

 

Date:> 30/05/2009 Terricks Road/ Lockington 65k

1st Neil Thompson, 2nd Matt Grealy, 3rd Mark Sampson, 4th Marcus D'Angri, 5th Dave Merrett

F/T Tristan Gerrish, First Unplaced Lady - Jacqui Wood

 

This week at Terricks Road we had 27 riders competing in a 65km race via Lockington. Weather was clear with light winds. Limit made up of Elijah Kettle, Jacqui Wood, Warren Duffy, Mark Sampson and Ken Wilson was away and moved into rolling turns early. This proved successful and the group rode well.

Riding off 2nd limit and back 8 minutes were Marcus D’Angri, Neil Ennis, Mat Grealy, Rob Lewis, Neil Thomson and Dave Merrett. Merrett, Lewis and Ennis worked hard early making ground on limit. They closed the gap about 45km into the race then all worked together to hold off the remaining groups.

Middle group off 12 minutes was Glen Kettle, Dave Oman, Leigh Murphy, Will Kettle, Liam Harland and Bruce Fleming. Huge turns from Will Kettle and Harland had them moving well toward front groups but then Murphy punctured making it hard for the group to maintain momentum.

2nd scratch got away fast with Ray Hamilton working hard early with Jeff Martin, Jai Howard, Craig Riddington and John Salter all doing strong turns. Starting off 16 minutes they were struggling to keep scratch away. They caught middle bunch with about 6km to go. Quickly going into rolling turns with the bigger bunch the speed picked up but it wasn’t enough.

Scratch riding from 19 minutes was made up of Steve Gray, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffiths and Tristan Gerrish. Gradually wheeling in 2nd scratch throughout the race they eventually caught them and middle bunch with 3km to go. They sat on for a while to regain composure but missed their chance to go for gold.

Up front Warren Duffy had made a break away with about 1km to go. He gapped the field by a large margin but couldn’t hold it and was passed near the line by the chasing group. Neil Thomson sprinted hard for the line and took out his first win since joining the club. 2nd was Mat Grealy, 3rd Mark Sampson, and 4th Marcus D’Angri.

Fastest time was still to be contested and Tim Fitzpatrick sprinted off the pack with about 1.5km to go, chased by Harland and Gerrish. Harland tired and Gerrish powered on to overtake Fitzpatick with a time of 1:35:36. An average speed of 40.8kmh.

 

Koyuga 52Kms- Race 2 - Ivan Collings Memorial Series 23/5/2009

1st Leigh Egan, 2nd Jake Cowman, 3rd Todd Fleming, 4th Brad Thomas, 5th Tristan Gerrish, 6th Ken Woods

F/T Leigh Egan 1.14.05, First Unplaced vet - Jeff Martin, Riverine Therapeutic Massage Voucher - Bruce Fleming

 

0mins> Michael Taylor

22mins> Ken Wilson, Travis Hee, Jacqui Wood, Todd Fleming, Warren Duffy, Ken Woods

28mins> Matt Grealy, Mark Sampson, Neil Thompson, Andrew Clapham, Neil Ennis, Ben Pearse

31.5mins> Greg Patterson, Jeff Martin, Dave Oman, Leigh Murphy, Marcus D’Angri, Glen Kettle, Graeme Lockwood

34.5mins> Tristan Gerrish, Ray Hamilton, Craig Riddington, Liam Harland, Jai Howard, Bruce Fleming, Ricky Keast

36.5mins> Jamie Costello-Manning, Graeme Butcher, John Salter, Peter Newton, Brad Gotch, Jason Jezewski, Vic Bovalino,  

39mins> Jordan Sozzi, Tim Fraser, Jeff Cobbledick, Tim Fitzpatrick, Clint Flanigan, Brett Smedley

40mins> Steve Gray, Troy Griffiths, Leigh Egan, Brad Thomas, Jake Cowman, Darren Carmody

 

A relatively calm morning in Echuca gave no indication of the cyclonic weather that riders were confronted with at Koyuga. Race 2 of the Kyabram Club Ivan Collings series drew 45 riders, who were split across 8 groups. Michael Taylor wasted no time with a strong tailwind and set off on limit. Ken Woods, Travis Hee, Jacqui Wood, Todd Fleming, Warren Duffy and Ken Wilson, who started 22 minutes later, followed him. A further 6 minutes later were 3rd limit consisting of Matt Grealy, Mark Sampson, Neil Thompson, Andrew Clapham, Neil Ennis and Ben Pearse. With a good mix of youth and experience and boasting last week’s C grade winner in Clapham, this group were early favourites on paper. Just 3 ½ minutes behind were Greg Patterson, Jeff Martin, Leigh Murphy, Dave Oman, Marcus D’Angri, Glen Kettle and Graeme Lockwood. This group chased hard to catch the front groups from the start with Martin and Murphy taking charge. Starting 3 minutes adrift was the 4th scratch group of Tristan Gerrish, Ray Hamilton, Craig Riddinton, Liam Harland, Jai Howard, Bruce Fleming and Ricky Keast. With Harland fresh from his fantastic result of 5th overall and 2nd in the time trial at last weeks U/17 event at Ararat. Off a 36-½ minute mark were Jamie Costello-Manning, Graeme Butcher, John Salter, Peter Newton, Brad Gotch, Jason Jezewski and Vic Bovalino. Chasing 2 ½  minutes behind were Jordan Sozzi, Tim Fraser, Jeff Cobbledick, Tim Fitzpatrick, Clint Flanigan and Brett Smedley. Rounding out the field were the scratch markers who started 40 minutes behind limit and consisted of Steve Gray, Troy Griffiths, Leigh Egan, Brad Thomas, Jake Cowman and Darren Carmody. 8km into the race the strong scratch group had chased down 2nd scratch and continued to power forward. This allowed riders to have a quick rest before the downwind section, however it was Flanigan and Smedley who found the going tough and lost contact. Further ahead the 4th scratch group worked well as a group with Harland, Keast and Gerrish looking in control, they had reduced the 6-minute gap to 3rd limit coming into the 3rd lap. They were content to include as many available riders as possible with Neil Thompson continuing to ride strongly. Visiting rider Keast forgot his lap counter and broke away from his group at end of lap 3. He sprinted over the line 100m in front of his group only to be reminded he had another lap to go. With less than 5km to the finish Matt Grealy felt a strong side wind and came down in the gravel, no major injuries however great sportsmanship shown by Hamilton and Riddington both of whom stopped to give aid. Further ahead the 2nd limit group looked relatively comfortable with Fleming, Woods & Jacqui Wood looking strong with Duffy returning from illness.

The charging scratch group used the wind to their advantage in an attempt to brush off any straggling riders as they drove towards the finish. Griffiths’ efforts were remarkable up to this point working hard into the wind and kicking up the pace all the way to the finish. With approximately 6km to the finish they rounded up the 4th scratch/3rd limit combination leaving only 2nd limit ahead on the road.

Gerrish was quickly into the mix and a surge from Thomas coming out the final corner split the chasing group down to 4 riders. Consisting of Gerrish, Egan, Thomas and Cowman they could see 2nd limit on the road ahead and the race was going down to the wire with less than 3km to the finish. Fleming and Woods pushed hard to the finish breaking from their group in the last 300m. It was Egan however who powered to the finish to take 1st, Cowman 2nd, Fleming holding on for a well-earned 3rd, Thomas 4th, Gerrish 5th and Woods 6th.

 

The kid’s race was a close affair with Kade Saunders making the most of the tailwind finish to take 1st from debutant Jess Thompson with Grace Gray, Cam Gray and Zac Fleming finishing in a flurry close behind. Bruce Fleming showed great spirit all afternoon in the trying conditions to be awarded the Riverine Therapeutic Massage Voucher.  

 

The Echuca Moama Cycling Club recently held its Dinner/Auction with approximately 170 people in attendance. The club is excited to announce that approximately $15000 was raised from the evening, which will provide a strong base for the next stage of the proposed construction of clubrooms at the Moama Velodrome.

The cycling club would like to thank all of those who attended, individuals and business whom donated items for auction, Nadia Godfrey from Banksia Finance for promotions and Ezio D’Alberto from D’Alberto Holden/Nissan for co-ordinating the evening.

 

Date:> 16/05/2009 Nanneella 67k, Graded Scratch Race

A Grade> 1st Nathan Oman, 2nd Troy Griffith, 3rd Wayne Saunders

B Grade> 1st Craig Riddington, 2nd Jai Howard, 3rd Shane Roberts

C Grade>  1st Andrew Clapham, 2nd Neil Thompson, 3rd Paul Oman

 

 

Date:> 09/05/2009 Terricks Road - Gunbarrel Handicap 54k

1st Clint Flanigan, 2nd Jason Jezewski, 3rd Darren Carmody, 4th Steve Gray, 5th Nick Lee, 6th Jai Howard

F/t – Nathan Oman, Encouragement Award - Graeme Butcher

 

Limit - 0mins, Michael Taylor

2nd limit - 14mins, Ken Wilson, Elijah Kettle, Ken Woods

3rd Limit - 20½ mins, Paul Oman, Ben Pearse, Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thompson, Neil Ennis

Middle - 23mins, Bruce Fleming, Glen Kettle, Liam Harland, Leigh Murphy, David Oman, Jeff Martin

3rd Scratch - 26mins, Jamie Costello-Manning, Nick Lee, Dale Lowndes, Jason Jezewski, Jai Howard

2nd Scratch - 28½ mins, Clint Flanigan, Steve Gray, Darren Carmody, Graeme Butcher

Scratch: - 30mins, Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Tim Fraser, Wayne Saunders

 

29 rider’s fire for Gunbarrel

29 riders came out to contest the first trophy race of the winter series, the Gunbarrel Handicap. They were greeted by a fine day for racing with a 10kmh cross tail wind for the trip out to the turnaround point

followed by a headwind for the return. Mick Taylor continued his good form from Rochester and started with the tailwind off the limit mark. Starting behind Mick were the 2nd limit trio of Ken Wilson, Elijah Kettle and Ken Woods. A further 6 ½ minutes behind were the sizeable group of Paul Oman, Ben Pearse, Matt Grealy, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thompson and Neil Ennis. Just 2 ½ minutes adrift were the experienced bunch of Bruce Fleming, Glen Kettle, Liam Harland, Leigh Murphy, Dave Oman and Jeff Martin. Chasing hard in the early stages were 3rd scratch consisting of Jamie Costello-Manning, Nick Lee, Dale Lowndes, Jai Howard and previous winner Jason Jezewski. Just 2 ½ minutes behind 3rd scratch were the team of Steve Gray, Darren Carmody, Clint Flanigan and Graeme Butcher. Gray and Carmody started strongly and were keen to cut the deficit early on in the race. A further 1 ½ minutes back were the scratch quartet consisting of Tim Fraser, Nathan Oman, Wayne Saunders and Tim Fitzpatrick. The initial stages of the race were close with all groups benefiting from the slight tailwind, steadily making inroads to the groups ahead. Nathan Oman continued his strong return to racing, pushing the scratch group along to the turnaround. Strong work from the youthful Fleming, Thompson and Clapham bridged the gap to the group ahead by the turnaround point, with 28km to the finish this newly formed bunch worked strongly into the slight breeze. Back in 2nd scratch Butcher upped the pace and pulled a long turn just before the turnaround point to reduce the gap to be 500 metres from 3rd scratch whilst holding a 1 minute gap to the chasing scratch bunch. Further ahead Costello-Manning, Lee and Martin continued their strong form as the 3rd scratch group caught the remainder of the field. This 20 rider group initiated a well organised rolling turn to keep the pace and minimise the wind effect in an attempt to keep the chasers at bay. Just behind Gray kept the tempo and ensured the gap to the main field continued to drop, with Oman, Fitzpatrick, Saunders and Butcher all working well and driving along for the fastest time. With 11km to the finish the 2nd scratch trio caught the main field and worked into their rolling turn. With Murphy, Paul Oman, Fleming and Costello-Manning in control they maintained the pace in an attempt to hold of the remainder of the field.

Coming up to Dargan’s bridge and 8km from the finish, Carmody and Flanigan saw an opportunity and attacked off the front. They were quickly joined by Gray, Kettle, Lee, Jezewski and Murphy. This group of 7 pushed hard initially and managed to break away and hold a small gap to the rest of the field. Kettle and Murphy were early casualties to the tough crosswinds leaving Gray, Carmody, Lee, Flanigan and Jezewski to contest the remaining 6km to the finish. Lee continued to push the finish and produced a number of strong turns with the remainder of the group in tow. With 2km to the finish Carmody and Gray started to wind up their sprinting legs and began to tack up the speed. Just behind the duo of Costello-Manning and Howard made a final dash for the leading group. They left nothing in the tank and buried themselves into the final kilometres. Back in the leading group Gray produced a strong turn with 1km to the finish with Flanigan, Carmody and Jezewski close behind. This effort put Flanigan in a good position to surge for the line and he was able to claim first, closely followed by Jezewski. Carmody and Gray were left to battle it out taking 3rd and 4th respectively with Lee finishing strongly for 5th. Jai Howard finished in a flurry to claim 6th whilst Nathan Oman finished strongly to claim the fastest time in 1 hour 22 minutes 32 seconds.

Thanks to Laurie, Kerrie, Roz, Sally, Gary, Todd and Cheryl for marshalling as well as Richard for his photography.

 

Date:> 02/05/2009 Rochester 50k

1st Jai Howard, 2nd Greg Patterson, 3rd Jeff Martin,

F/t – Nathan Oman 1.12.48, Encouragement Award - Michael Taylor

Scratch:> Nathan Oman, Troy Griffiths, Tim Fraser, Wayne Saunders

2nd Scratch 1min:> Tim Fitzpatrick, Steve Gray, Darren Carmody, Graeme Butcher

3rd Scratch 4min:> Jai Howard, Dave Merrett, Jeff Martin, Dale Lowndes, Liam Harland

Middle 7min:> Graeme Lockwood, Neil Ennis, Greg Patterson, Bruce Fleming, Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Shane Roberts, Ben Pearse

3rd Limit 9½ min:> Mark Sampson, Warren Duffy, Paul Oman, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thomson, Damien Eade

2nd Limit 18min:> Ken Wilson, Brent Ferguson

Limit 25min:> Michael Taylor

 

JAI'S BIRTHDAY BONUS

31 riders raced in perfect conditions on the Rochester circuit. With a light head wind facing Squizzy Taylor on limit he headed off toward the rolling hills surrounding Mt Burramboot. He had 7 minutes start on Ken Wilson and the returning Brent Ferguson who punctured early (twice). A further 8½ minutes back in 3rd limit were Mark Sampson, Warren Duffy, Paul Oman, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thomson and Damien Eade. Neil and Andrew rode strongly throughout. The first three groups came together before Mt Burramboot and then the middle bunch catching further up the climb. The middle bunch was Bruce Fleming, Graeme Lockwood, Neil Ennis Greg Patterson, Will and Glen Kettle, Shane Roberts and Ben Pearse. Fleming, Ennis and Lockwood working hard early gave their group a great chance.

3rd scratch consisting of Jai Howard, Dave Merrett, Dale Lowndes, Jeff Martin and Liam Harland caught Squizzy as they crested the main climb but were left behind by the hand cyclist as he descended with genuine speed.

2nd scratch and scratch had come together early in the race and were working together to wheel in the bigger groups ahead. 2nd scratch riders were Darren Carmody, Steve Gray, Graeme Butcher and Tim Fitzpatrick. They only had one minute start on the scratch group of Wayne Saunders, Troy Griffiths, Tim Fraser and Nathan Oman.

Meanwhile just over the Midland Highway 3rd scratch had caught the rest in front and Lowndes surged on the last climb of the day taking the stronger riders with him and leaving a few behind.

The huge group worked well together with Shane Roberts riding strongly and Will Kettle returning to form and glimpses from Glen (Pa) Kettle as he kicks into gear for the winter season. With Patto taking turns and Paul Oman directing traffic the race was there to be won if the scratch bunches could be held off. Will Kettle and Shane Roberts surged again toward the finish but were swamped on the line by “Happy 18th Birthday Boy” Jai Howard taking the win by a tyre width from Greg Patterson and Jeff Martin.

The scratch riders were having their own battle with a show of winning the race with all 8 riders giving it everything to catch the leaders. Seeing the chance of a win slowly disappearing Nathan Oman drove it hard from the final corner and just missed a place by about 4 seconds, taking fastest time at 1:12:48.

All in all a great race, congratulations to the handicapper Gary Needs for another super  finish giving all riders a genuine chance.

Lots of marshals are required for the Rochy race and thanks go to Kathryn, Mark, Ian, Ros, Sally, Sheryl, Kerrie and Gary..

 

Date:> 25/4/2009 Terricks Road  50k

1st Jason Jezewski, 2nd Liam Harland, 3rd Tim Donnan, 4th Craig Riddington

F/t – Steve Gray

Limit 0 mins> Elijah Kettle, Ash Carmody, Gary Needs

4 ½ mins> Neil Ennis, Ken Woods, Warren Duffy, Andrew Clapham, Neil Thompson

7 ½ mins> Graeme Lockwood, Mark Sampson, Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Dave Oman

9 ½ mins> Tristan Gerrish, Bruce Fleming, Dale Lowndes, Jason Jezewski, Jeff Martin, Liam Harland, Tim Donnan, Ben Oman

12 ½ mins> Clint Flanigan, Jamie Costello-Manning, Craig Riddington, Ray Hamilton,

13 ¼ mins> Darren Carmody, Steve Gray, Tim Fitzpatrick

14 mins> Troy Griffith, Nathan Oman

 

JEZEWSKI CONQUERS IN TOUGH CONDITIONS

Despite the threat of rain, cold conditions and strong winds 30 riders started at Terrick's Rd for round 2 of the Winter Series.

Young riders Elijah Kettle and Ash Carmody teamed up with Gary Needs as they set off into the stiff headwind up Terrick’s Rd.

Andrew Clapham was back for 2009 and teamed with Ken Woods, Neil Ennis, Warren Duffy and Neil Thompson off a 4 ½ minute mark.

A further 3 minutes back were Graeme Lockwood, Mark Sampson, Will Kettle, Dave Oman, Glen Kettle, Paul Oman and Matt Grealy. On paper this group looked very even with a good mix of youth and experience.

With a 9 ½ minute handicap was the biggest group of the race including Tristan Gerrish, Dale Lowndes, Bruce Fleming, Jason Jezewski, Ben Oman, Jeff Martin, Liam Harland and Tim Donnan.

This group went in favourites boasting last week’s winner Tim Donnan along with strong riders Gerrish, Jezewski and Lowndes all returning for their first winter series race for 2009.

Not to be outdone were 3rd scratch lead by Ray Hamilton and joined by Jamie Costello-Manning, Craig Riddington and Clint Flanigan.

Just 45 seconds behind were the 2nd scratch trio of Darren Carmody, Steve Gray and Tim Fitzpatrick. Rounding out the field was the scratch duo of Troy Griffiths and Nathan Oman who started a further 45 seconds behind 2nd scratch and 14 minutes from the front of the field.    

Lead by Dave Oman, Lockwood and Grealy the 3rd limit group started solidly and made inroads into the 2 groups on the road ahead. Their job was not made any easier with Clapham riding strongly on his return to racing along with Thompson and Ennis.

Further back Carmody, Gray and Fitzpatrick had started in a flurry and bridged the gap to the group ahead by the 5km mark. This newly formed 2nd & 3rd scratch group now boasted 7 riders as they continued along Terrick’s Rd.

With Donnan, Gerrish, Lowndes and Harland pushing the tempo in the middle group they had made significant time on the groups ahead by the halfway mark and looked to crank up the pace into the downwind section of the race.

At the back of the field Griffiths and Oman persisted into the stiff breeze and sat just off the group ahead for about 15km, just unable to bridge the final gap.

Moving into Wharparilla Rd the front groups had worked hard however the middle bunch had them in their sights, further back the 2nd/3rd scratch combination was slowing making ground in the stiff side wind and hoping for a final charge to the finish.

Turning into Terrick’s Rd, Donnan was the victim of a strong wind gust and crashed after the corner. He recovered quickly and joined the chasing 2nd/3rd scratch combination who was 500m off the lead group with 8km remaining.

In the front pack Lowndes decided to up the tempo and along with Harland attempted to keep them in the lead.

Just behind Gray & Donnan produced strong consistent turns to cut the deficit to 300m with 5km to the finish.With 1km to go the middle bunch began jostling for position with Jezewski & Harland positioning well. Gerrish cranked up the pace for the final sprint with many riders losing contact with the front group, leaving Jezewski, Harland and Lowndes to fight for the finish.Just behind the 2nd/3rd scratch combination were only 50m behind as the sprint started to wind up.Going down to the wire, it was visiting rider Jason Jezewski who showed poise in the sprint to burst clear to take 1st, Liam Harland 2nd, with Donnan and Riddington taking 3rd and 4th respectively.The fight for the fastest time went down to the line with Gray and Carmody out of the saddle surging to the line. In the end it was Gray who claimed victory, just meters ahead of Carmody.Griffiths and Oman finished shortly after, which was a valiant effort given the trying conditions.

Riverine Therapeutic Massage voucher was won by Troy Griffiths

 

Koyuga 52Kms- Race 1 - Ivan Collings Memorial Series 18/4/2009

1st Tim Donnan, 2nd Ben Oman, 3rd Jason Ingram, 4th Greg Patterson, 5th Paul Oman, 6th Graeme Lockwood

F/T Brad Thomas, 1st unplaced female Marg Woolman, Aquisto’s encouragement award Ash Carmody

 

0 mins> Michael Taylor

2 mins> Elijah Kettle, Ash Carmody, Kathryn Keer-Keer

5 mins> Neil Thompson, Shane Roberts, Ann Pitcher, Simone Costello-Manning, Rob Lewis, Mark Sampson

8 mins> Jason Ingram, Dave Oman, Graeme Lockwood, Warren Duffy, Paul Oman, Neil Ennis, Todd Fleming, Travis Hee, Domenic Orso, Tim Donnan, Bernie Leahy

10 mins> Greg Patterson, Ben Oman, Liam Harland, Nick Lee, Will Kettle, Marcus D’Angri, Glen Kettle, Marg Woolman, Matt Grealy, Trevor Aust

12 mins> Ben Dennis, Dave Merrett, Jai Howard, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming, Leigh Murphy

14 mins> Craig Riddington, Dave Fulton, Jamie Costello-Manning, Ray Hamilton, Trudy Stevenson, John Salter

16 mins> Ricky Keast, Graeme Butcher, Brett Smedley, Clint Flanigan, Steve Gray, Vic Bovalino, Peter Newton, Darren Carmody

18 mins> Jeff Cobbledick, Nathan Oman, Tim Fraser, Troy Griffiths, Wayne Saunders, Tim Fitzpatrick

20 mins> Leigh Egan, Travis Edwards, Michael Hill, Brad Thomas

 

IVAN COLLINGS SERIES DRAWS RECORD FIELD

Race 1 of the Ivan Collings Memorial Series for 2009 drew a record 62 entrants. Proudly sponsored by the Kyabram Club, this race included 6 new riders as well as 12 riders from neighboring club Shepparton.

Michael Taylor wasted no time and set off on the limit mark, he was followed by Kathryn Keer-Keer, Ash Carmody and Elijah Kettle 2 minutes later.

The 5-minute group looked comfortable early and consisted of Neil Thompson, Shane Roberts, Ann Pitcher, Simone Costello-Manning, Rob Lewis and Mark Sampson.

Chasing close behind with an 8-minute handicap were Jason Ingram, Dave Oman, Graeme Lockwood, Warren Duffy, Paul Oman, Neil Ennis, Todd Fleming, Travis Hee, Domenic Orso, Tim Donnan and Bernie Leahy.

With a good mix of youth and experience were the middle bunch riding off 10 minutes and including Greg Patterson, Ben Oman, Liam Harland, Nick Lee, Will Kettle, Marcus D’Angri, Glen Kettle, Marg Woolman, Matt Grealy and Trevor Aust.

Leigh Murphy was back for 2009 and lead out the 12-minute group along with Ben Dennis, Dave Merrett, Jai Howard, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg and Bruce Fleming.

Just behind were the 14-minute group of Craig Riddington, Dave Fulton, Jamie Costello-Manning, Ray Hamiton, Trudy Stevenson and John Salter.

Off 16 minutes were Ricky Keast, Graeme Butcher, Brett Smedley, Clint Flanigan, Steve Gray, Vic Bovalino, Peter Newton and Darren Carmody.

Chasing just behind at 18 minutes were 2nd scratch comprising of Jeff Cobbledick, Nathan Oman, Tim Fraser, Troy Griffiths, Wayne Saunders and Tim Fitzpatrick.

Rounding out this record field were scratch, who were chasing 20 minutes and included Leigh Egan, Travis Edwards, Michael Hill and Brad Thomas.

The combination of distance, new riders and large field made predictions impossible however all groups made solid progress on the first lap. Although his group was caught early Ash Carmody pushed hard into the middle stages and kept going with the faster group behind.

Further back Dom Orso produced a strong debut performance and was unlucky to puncture late in the race.

The middle bunches were relatively even with Fulton and Costello-Manning providing plenty of drive.  Just behind the 18-minute group started strongly and Griffiths, Oman and Fraser rode strongly into the middle stages.

Not to be outdone the scratch markers Egan, Edwards, Hill and Thomas upped the tempo in an attempt to cut the deficit early on.

Ann Pitcher had 3rd limit organized and along with the strength of Thompson, Roberts, Sampson and Costello-Manning wheeled in the groups ahead by the halfway mark.

Further back D’Angri continued his good form and the middle bunch made contact with 4th limit at the halfway mark. This newly formed group contained at least 15 riders and they looked as through they would be strong enough to hold off the remainder of the field.

Into the 3rd lap the 2nd scratch quartet had held scratch at bay and caught the group ahead, forming a bunch of 10 who continued to push towards the riders ahead.

Into the last lap the 4th limit/middle group combination held a healthy break on the remainder of the field and only had to work together to stay away. Lee and Ingram seized an opportunity with approximately 8km from the finish with an attempted break from the big chasing bunch. This was closed down soon after with Lockwood and Paul Oman controlling the pace.

Not to be outdone Dave Oman tried to up the pace of the group and produced numerous strong turns into the final straight.

With a big group of at least 15 riders coming into the final 2km the finish was sure to be fast and furious.

The pace quickened into the last kilometer with all riders looking for a clean break. D’Angri went for the win and surged early, however his run was cut short when he removed himself from the road. He was followed by Paul Oman with Ingram and Patterson close behind.

Lockwood was also in the mix and ramped up the pace, however it was young up and coming rider Tim Donnan who blitzed the field in the final stages to win. He was followed by the fast finishing Ben Oman, with Jason Ingram 3rd. Greg Patterson surged up the middle to take 4th with Paul Oman 5th and Graeme Lockwood taking 6th.  Brad Thomas finished in a flurry less than 2 minutes later to record the fastest time.

 

The first junior’s race for 2009 saw Cam Gray, Grace Gray, Chase Costello-Manning, Finlay Duffy and Zac Fleming contest the 6 km course.

Cam Gray finished the track season on a high and set off first, followed by Chase Costello-Manning. Zac Fleming followed 1 minute later and made significant gains in the early stages.

At the turning point Duffy and Grace Gray had cut the distance to the front markers with Costello-Manning pushing hard to make contact with Cam Gray.

As they entered the final straight Cam Gray turned up the head and sprinted clear to record his first road win.

 

SUMMER SERIES ROAD RACE RESULTS

Date:> 30/3/2009 Terricks Road  28k

1st Dale Lowndes, 2nd Paul Oman, 3rd Marcus D’Angri

Fastest Time> Tim Fraser 39.45

 

Limit -     0 mins>         Matt Grealy, Jeff Ridge, Paul Oman, Ken Woods, Kathryn Keer-Keer  

2nd limit – 1 min>          Damien Eade, Marcus D’Angri, Will Kettle, Ben Pearce, Dale Lowndes

Middle – 2½ mins>        Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Liam Harland

2nd scratch – 4¾ mins> Jamie Costello-Manning, Graeme Butcher, Clint Flanigan, Craig Riddington

Scratch – 6½ mins>        Michael Hone, Tim Fraser, Brett Smedley, Tim Fitzpatrick

 

The final race for the 2008/2009 summer racing series brought out 22 riders who were greeted with perfect conditions for racing.

A large limit contingent including Matt Grealy, Jeff Ridge, Paul Oman, Kenny Woods & Kathryn Keer-Keer kick started proceedings. They started with a slight tailwind and worked well under the experienced heads of Oman, Ridge & Woods.

Just 1 minute behind were the 2nd limit group. Lead by last week’s winner Marcus D’Angri, he was joined by Will Kettle, Ben Pearce and Dale Lowndes.

A further 1 ½ minutes behind were the strong middle bunch consisting of Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin and Liam Harland.

Jamie Costello-Manning & Graeme Butcher started strongly in 2nd scratch and combined with Clint Flanigan and Craig Riddington a further 2 ½ minutes behind the middle group.

At the back end of the field were the scratch markers, starting 6 ½ minutes from the front of the race comprising of Michael Hone, Brett Smedley, Tim Fitzpatrick and Tim Fraser.

The limit group had worked well together early in the race, however 2nd limit lead by Lowndes pushed hard early and had reduced the deficit by Milgate road.

The 2nd scratch quartet started relatively even, with Butcher and Costello-Manning pushing quicker turns at the 8km mark to reduce the gap to the middle bunch.

They were able to reel in the middle bunch by the 13km mark and this newly formed group began rolling turns under the guidance of Goldburg and Riddington.

Meanwhile the scratch markers had their work cut out for them, losing Fitzpatrick and Smedley early in the race leaving Hone and Fraser to chase the remainder of the field.

The newly formed limit/2nd limit grouping worked well together out towards the turnaround point, holding the chasing field at bay. Just before the turning point, the pace quickened with Woods, Keer-Keer and Eade unlucky not to hang on.

Limit/2nd limit still held a healthy lead at the turnaround point to the chasing middle/2nd scratch bunch with the remaining scratch duo a further 500m behind.

Harland, Fleming, Riddington, Butcher & Martin all took strong turns in a gallant attempt to catch the limit/2nd limit group ahead on the road. However with 3km remaining this chase seemed out of reach and their new goal was to keep the chasing scratch bunch at bay.

Coming into the last kilometer it looked as though the limit/2nd limit combination had worked hard enough to earn the win. Pearce saw an opportunity and surged into the final corner, trying to find an advantage Pearce went for the gravel with Lowndes close behind. Hot on their heels were Oman and D’Angri, fresh from his win last week.

Pearce and Lowndes re-emerged on the road and wound the pace up for the final sprint, with Oman and D’Angri powering up to contest the finish.

Lowndes surged with 200m to the line and finished strongly to record his first win for 2009, Oman finished a strong season to take 2nd and D’Angri completed a welcome return to racing with 3rd.

Hone and Fraser were left to contest the fastest time for the night, with Fraser taking it in 39 minutes 45seconds

 

Date:> 23/3/2009 Terricks Road  28k

1st Marcus D’Angri, 2nd Paul Oman, 3rd Jeff Ridge

Fastest Time> Wayne Saunders 38.39

 

Limit – 0 mins>     Paul Oman, Jeff Ridge, Marcus D’Angri 

2nd limit – 3mins> Matt Grealy, Ken Woods, Warren Duffy

Middle – 5mins>    Damien Eade, Phil Goldburg, Ben Pearce, Greg Patterson, Glen Kettle, Dave Oman

2nd scratch – 6½mins> Ray Hamilton, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Clint Flanigan, Liam Harland

Scratch – 8mins>     Tim Fitzpatrick, Tim Fraser, Brett Smedley, Jamie Costello-Manning, Wayne Saunders 

 

21 riders welcomed the warm conditions at Terricks rd for Monday night racing and the penultimate round of the summer series.

Marcus D’Angri contested his first race for 2009 and was joined by Paul Oman and Jeff Ridge in the limit group.

Just 3 minutes behind were 2nd limit consisting of Matt Grealy, Ken Woods & Warren Duffy. With Grealy and Duffy showing good recent form and Woods fresh from a spell, this bunch looked to be favorites on paper.

2 minutes further back were Damien Eade, Phil Goldburg, Ben Pearce, Dave Oman, Greg Patterson and Glen Kettle. Despite the large group, they settled quickly and made early inroads into the smaller groups ahead on the road.

2nd limit left soon after, just 1 ½ minutes adrift with Ray Hamilton, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Liam Harland and Clint Flanigan making up the group.  They started relatively smoothly with Harland and Hamilton pushing the pace in the early stages.

Another 1 ½ minutes behind and 8 minutes from the front markers were scratch. They consisted of Tim Fitzpatrick, Brett Smedley, Jamie Costello-Manning, Wayne Saunders and Tim Fraser.

Despite a slight headwind in the first half of the race, most groups made solid progress on those ahead.

2nd scratch had maintained a relatively steady pace until they were caught at the 10km mark by scratch, resulting in a mad scramble to latch onto the back of the faster group.

Further ahead, Oman, Ridge & D’Angri were working strongly into the wind and reached the turnaround point with a healthy lead over the rest of the field.

The chasing group, including Duffy, Woods and Grealy had cut the gap by only 10 seconds to the turnaround point, however the strength of Duffy ensured they were not out of the race at this stage.

They were being pursued frantically by the newly formed scratch/2nd scratch with Smedley, Fitzpatrick and Fraser keeping the pace and cutting the deficit to those ahead.

As they turned downwind it was Smedley and Saunders who ramped up the pace and rounded up the middle group and 2nd limit, leaving just 1 group on the road ahead.

As the limit trio of Ridge, Oman and D’Angri entered the final 2km they could see the rampaging scratch group in the distance and worked strongly to the finish. They combined well as a team and held off the remainder of the field with Marcus D’Angri showing his sprinting prowess to finish 1st, Paul Oman 2nd & Jeff Ridge 3rd. Wayne Saunders was the first scratch marker to cross the line taking 4th place and fastest time.

 

Date:> 16/3/2009 Terricks Road  28k

1st Tim Fitzpatrick, 2nd Brett Smedley, 3rd Tim Fraser

Fastest Time> Tim Fitzpatrick

 

Limit> Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jack Harland, Ken Wilson, Elijah Kettle

2nd limit 3min> Dave Oman, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Glen Kettle

Middle 6½ min> John Doyle, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Ben Pearce, Liam Harland

2nd scratch 7½ min> Tim Fraser, Craig Riddington, Graeme Butcher, Ray Hamilton

Scratch 8 min> Tim Fitzpatrick, Brett Smedley, Clint Flanigan 

        

The first Terricks Rd race for autumn saw 20 riders contesting with Tim Fraser, Kathryn Keer-Keer and Jack Harland out for their first race of 2009.

Riders had to contend with cooler conditions and a slight headwind, with the limit group of Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jack Harland, Ken Wilson and Elijah Kettle the first away.

They were closely followed by 2nd limit including Matt Grealy, Glen Kettle and the Oman brothers Dave and Paul.

3 ½ minutes further back were the middle group consisting of John Doyle, Bruce Fleming, Liam Harland, Bruce Goldburg and Ben Pearse.

Ray Hamilton continued his good form in 2nd scratch, which also included Tim Fraser, Craig Riddington & Graeme Butcher.

Chasing the rest of the field were the scratch markers Tim Fitzpatrick, Brett Smedley & Cling Flanigan who started with an 8 minute handicap on the front of the field.

2 of the clubs new riders for 2009, Keer-Keer and Jack Harland settled quickly and along with Wilson and Kettle maintained a steady pace in the limit group.

Further back, John Doyle was keen to exert his influence over his bunch following a recent win in Cohuna and lead away at a frantic pace. His more experienced group members worked well together to reel Doyle in and control the pace in the early stages.

Not far behind was the 2nd scratch grouping, with Tim Fraser showing the results of months of training. Fraser pushed this group along with strong support from Riddington & Butcher.

At the back of the field were the scratch markers who started 30 seconds adrift of 2nd scratch and were keen to bridge the gap as early as possible.

Smedley & Fitzpatrick were solid in the early stages and continually chipped away at the deficit.

The middle group suffered a few early casualties with Bruce Fleming puncturing at the 5km mark and Ben Pearce losing contact in the headwind soon after.

Coming up to the 10km mark of the race Fitzpatrick produced a strong solo effort to bridge remaining gap between scratch and 2nd scratch, dragging Smedley and Flanigan along. Smedley responded well, however Flanigan was found lacking and lost contact with the newly formed scratch/2nd scratch group.

Nearing the turnaround point all of the groups looked relatively even, with no clear favorite for victory.  Keer-Keer and Wilson were maintaining a steady pace on limit and keeping the chasing groups at bay.

Meanwhile Smedley, Fitzpatrick and Fraser used the turnaround point as a launching pad and surged away from the remainder of their group.

Riddington made a valiant solo attempt to bridge the gap however had to be content with finishing with the main field.

Coming into the finish, the limit group of Keer-Keer, Wilson, Kettle & Harland looked to be under threat of Fitzpatrick, Fraser and Smedley as they powered back down Terricks Rd with a moderate tailwind.

They passed the limit group in the last couple of kilometers and continued to the finish with Fraser continuing his strong return to racing.

Around the final turn Smedley seized his opportunity and surged to the lead, Fitzpatrick responded quickly however Fraser missed the jump and would have to be content with 3rd.

Fitzpatrick tailed Smedley until the last 200m when he sprinted to the lead to win with the fastest time of 40 minutes 25 seconds. Smedley finished strongly taking 2nd with Fraser 3rd.

 

Date:> 23/2/2009 Terricks Road  28k

1st Liam Harland, 2nd John Doyle, 3rd Phil Goldburg, 4th Troy Griffiths

Fastest Time> Troy Griffiths 43.46

 

Limit>                        Paul Oman, Gary Needs

2nd limit 2mins>         Matt Grealy, John Doyle, Phil Goldburg, Liam Harland

Middle 4mins>           Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming, Marg Woolman

2nd scratch  5½mins> Ray Hamilton, Clint Flanigan, Craig Riddington, Bryce Lowndes

Scratch 7mins>          Troy Griffiths, Brett Smedley, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Costello-Manning

 

The Echuca Moama Cycling Club welcomed Phil Goldburg and Bryce Lowndes for their first races of 2009. The temperature had cooled to a comfortable 30 degrees however riders were faced with a strong 15kmh headwind for the first 19km of the race.

First to head into the strong breeze were the limit duo of Gary Needs and Paul Oman, both of whom swapped even turns early into the race.

2 minutes behind were the combination of Matt Grealy, John Doyle, Phil Goldburg and last weeks winner Liam Harland.  Goldburg was riding well above his quoted form and along with Doyle drove this group into the wind to cut the deficit.

Just 2 minutes adrift were the middle group consisting of Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming and late entrant Marg Woolman. This combination started strongly and were swapping relatively long turns considering the winds.

Ray Hamilton, Clint Flanigan, Craig Riddington and Bryce Lowndes combined to make up 2nd scratch and they started with a 1 ½ minutes handicap to the middle bunch. Riddington started particularly strong and was keen to cut the distance early on in the race.

Starting another 1 ½ minutes further back and 7 minutes behind the limit group were the scratch markers. They were made up of Troy Griffiths, Brett Smedley, Tim Fitzpatrick and Jamie Costello-Manning.  They combined strongly into the breeze in the early stages with Smedley and Griffiths showing their consistency and Fitzpatrick and Costello-Manning making the step up to race off the harder handicap.

The 2nd limit grouping of Grealy, Doyle, Phil Goldburg and Harland pushed hard in the early stages to catch the limit duo of Oman and Needs. They continued to drive into the breeze towards the turnaround point and some reprieve.

Meanwhile 2nd scratch consisting of Hamilton, Flanigan, Riddington and Lowndes had slowly reduced the gap to the middle bunch and had reduced the gap to 150m by the 10km mark.

Strong turns by Lowndes and Riddington further cut the deficit and they closed the distance to Martin, Goldburg, Fleming and Woolman by the 13km mark.

 Seeing this spurred on the scrach group and they worked hard in the next 3 km to close the gap to the middle/2nd scratch groups.

They were keen to exert their influence and Smedley and Griffiths upped the ante, hitting speeds of 40kmh as they broke away from the main bunch.

They continued to work towards the turnaround point and had a deficit of 400m when they hit the 19km mark.

Scratch continued as a trio following the turnaround point consisting of Griffiths, Smedley and Fitzpatrick.

The 2nd scratch/middle group combination were within contact, just 50m behind and slowly making ground. Costello-Manning saw his chance and launched an ambitious solo attempt to bridge the distance.

This group were working hard to hold the tempo, however scratch continued to pull away as they chased down 2nd limit for a chance at victory.

With 1km remaining the strong efforts of Doyle, Goldburg, Grealy and Harland looked to be enough to take the win.

Coming into the final turn Doyle surged to open a gap to the remainder of his group, which was quickly closed down by Harland. Goldburg and Grealy scrambled to catch Doyle with 400m to the finish however he proved too strong.

With 200m to the finish it would be a shoot out between Doyle and Harland for victory, with Harland taking 1st with a final burst. Doyle finished a strong race 2nd, Phil Goldburg 3rd and Troy Griffiths powering home for 4th and fastest time.

 

Date:> 16/2/2009 Terricks Road  28k

1st Liam Harland, 2nd Damien Eade, 3rd Marg Woolman, 4th Matt Grealy

Fastest Time – Michael Hone 38min 16 sec.

 

Limit>                 Liam Harland, Marg Woolman, Elijah Kettle, Gary Needs, Paul Oman

2nd limit 2mins> Glen Kettle, Damien Eade, Dave Oman, Matt Grealy

Middle 5mins>   Jeff Martin, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg

2nd scratch 7mins> Tim Fitzpatrick, Clint Flanigan, Jamie Costello-Manning

Scratch 8mins 45 sec> Brett Smedley, Troy Griffiths, Michael Hone

 

Comfortable conditions greeted 19 riders at Terricks Rd on Monday night. A slight tail wind for most of the trip ensured fast racing and a tough chase for all groups.

The club welcomed back Liam Harland and Marg Woolman for 2009 and they set off with Elijah Kettle, Paul Oman and Gary Needs in the limit group.

Just 2 minutes behind were the quartet of Matt Grealy, Dave Oman, Damien Eade and Glen Kettle. Grealy had improved significantly over the past couple of weeks and would prove valuable for the group as they charged up Terricks Rd.

Just behind, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming, Ray Hamilton and Jeff Martin made up the middle bunch riding off a 5-minute handicap.

This group started strongly in an attempt to catch the chasing groups early on in the race. The experience of Hamiton, Fleming and Goldburg shone through and they used the slight tailwind to perfection.

2 minutes behind this group was the 2nd scratch trio comprising Tim Fitzpatrick, Clint Flanigan and Jamie Costello-Manning. This group started solidly with Fitzpatrick taking long turns and Costello-Manning continuing the improved form he has shown over the last fortnight.

Just behind on the road were the scratch markers including Michael Hone, Troy Griffiths, Brett Smedley & Steven Gray, who started 1 minute 45 seconds adrift from 2nd scratch and 8 minutes 45 seconds from the front of the field.

The pace was instantly turned on and the scratch group comfortably held speeds in excess of 45 kmh.

Further ahead on the road the limit grouping was showing strong form with Woolman, Needs and Oman driving the bunch along Terricks Rd out towards the turnaround point.

Further behind, the middle bunch had held a steady pace with Goldburg completing his preparation for the Australian Masters Games next weekend.

Costello-Manning & Fitzpatrick both swapped strong turns as 2nd scratch significantly reduced the deficit to the middle bunch by the halfway mark.

Coming into the turning point at 19km all of the groups had chased strongly and made significant time on those ahead.

At the turnaround point Limit and 2nd limit looked as though they would join together, whilst the other bunches all had a 300m deficit to cover.

Goldburg, Fleming and Hamilton surged out of the turn, which left Martin scrambling for cover. Although he dropped off momentarily he was quickly swept up by 2nd scratch that were being driven along by Fitzpatrick.

This newly formed group bridged the gap to the middle bunch with approximately 6km to the finish and began to work together to up the ante.

Although this group was making significant time on the groups ahead, their confidence disappeared quickly when the scratch markers overtook them.

The scratch trio resembled a train as the sped to the finish, led strongly by Griffiths “toot toot”.

The other scratch markers, Hone and Smedley looked comfortable as the remainder of the field tried valiantly to latch onto this group.

Further ahead on the road the limit/2nd limit markers had formed together and worked cohesively, making a strong effort to stay away from the chasing group.

Coming to the last kilometer Costello-Manning surged strongly in a final attempt to bridge the gap however the limit/2nd limit group had worked hard into the breeze and set themselves up for a sprint finish.

With 400m to go, the group was evenly spread with no rider willing to break away and with strong sprinters such as Harland, Eade and Grealy it was coming down to the last 100m to decide the winner.

Harland made a decisive surge and sprinted to the win, closely followed by Damien Eade, Marg Woolman 3rd and Matt Grealy 4th in the closest finish of the season.

Michael Hone finished strongly to record the fastest time of 38 seconds 16 seconds.

 

Date:> 9/2/2009 Terricks Road  28k

 

1st, Jordan James, 2nd Jeff Martin, 3rd Bruce Goldburg

Fastest Time, Brad Edmunds 39.17

 

Limit>                   Garry Needs, John Doyle, Greg Patterson, Dave Oman, Warren Duffy 

2nd limit 1min>      Bruce Fleming, Matt Grealy, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Jordan James

2nd scratch 3min> Ray Hamilton, Clint Flanigan, Jamie Costello-Manning

Scratch 8min>      Michael Hone, Troy Griffiths, Brad Edmunds, Tim Fitzpatrick

 

16 riders were greeted by a comfortable 24 degrees, with a strong southerly wind gusting up to 35kmh. The club welcomed back Brad Edmunds, John Doyle and Jordan James for their first race with the club for 2009.

John Doyle was in the action early on in the race setting off with Warren Duffy, Dave Oman, Greg Patterson and Garry Needs in the limit group.

Just 1 minute adrift was the strong grouping of Bruce Fleming, Matt Grealy, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg and Jordan James. This group looked strong on paper with Bruce Fleming, Matt Grealy & Jeff Martin showing good form in last week’s criterium. Whilst Bruce Goldburg continuing his strong form as he continues his build up to the Australian Masters Games in 2 weeks time.

2 minutes behind this group were the 2nd scratch trio consisting of Jamie Costello-Manning, Ray Hamilton and Clint Flanigan. Jamie Costello-Manning had returned very fresh from a 2-week break and performed strongly from the outset and quickly cut the deficit to the group ahead.

A further 5 minutes behind and a total of 8 minutes from the limit group were the scratch quartet boasting Michael Hone, Troy Griffiths, Brad Edmunds and Tim Fitzpatrick.

They scorched out of the blocks, cruising at speeds of 45km/h despite the strong crosswinds and immediately made inroads to all of the groups ahead.

Ahead on the road Jeff Martin and Bruce Fleming were taking strong turns at the front and had managed to reel in the limit group by the 14km mark. This newly formed group of limit/2nd limit worked well together and held the time gap to 2nd scratch up to the turnaround point. The pace up the front had taken its toll on a number of riders and combined with the difficult crosswinds it left a combination of Bruce Fleming, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Jordan James, John Doyle & Greg Patterson to hold off the chasing riders.

They still held a 600m gap to 2nd scratch at the turnaround point, when Ray Hamilton and Jamie Costello-Manning spent a lot of energy in a last ditch effort to bridge the gap.

Meanwhile the scratch group had been reduced to 3, with Brad Edmunds, Michael Hone and Troy Griffiths left to continue their chase. They had cut the deficit to 2nd scratch to approximately 400m by the turnaround point strong turns from Brad Edmunds ensured this gap was bridged just 3km after the turn.

They surged past the 2nd scratch group leaving Jamie Costello-Manning, Ray Hamiton and Clint Flanigan scrambling to latch onto the back. However there efforts were not enough and the scratch trio continued to reel in the groups further ahead.

With 2km to the finish it looked as though the limit/2nd limit combination had done enough into the headwind to earn the win.

Bruce Goldburg led this bunch around the final turn hoping to find a clear run to the finish. Jeff Martin and Jordan James joined him, with the pace increased to 50kmh with a strong tailwind.

Jeff Martin sensed a chance for victory and surged past Bruce Goldburg with 300m to the finish. Jordan James scrambled to hang onto Jeff Martin’s wheel and produced a strong sprint at the 200m mark to record his maiden win with the club.

Jeff Martin finished strongly to hold on for 2nd and Bruce Goldburg for 3rd.

The scratch trio finished strongly with Brad Edmunds taking the fastest time with 39 minutes 17 seconds.

 

Date:> 19/1/2009 Terricks Road  28k

 

 

1st, Shane Roberts, 2nd Bob Craig, 3rd Warren Duffy
Fastest Time, Michael Hone  39.40

 

Limit>                        Elijah Kettle, Bob Craig, Shane Roberts, Warren Duffy

2nd limit> 2½ min,      Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg, Bruce Fleming

2nd scratch> 8½min,  Clint Flanigan, Graeme Butcher, Ray Hamilton

Scratch:>10min,         Brett Smedley, Troy Griffiths, Michael Hone 

 

Scorching temperatures and a relatively still night greeted 15 riders, all of whom were set for a hot night of racing.

With plenty of training under his belt Warren Duffy lead the limit group out with Bob Craig, Shane Roberts and Elijah Kettle accompanying him.

Starting 2 ½ minutes behind were the 2nd limit grouping of Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Jeff Martin, Bruce Goldburg & Bruce Fleming. They were immediately under pressure with Bruce Fleming succumbing to a mechanical problem on the start line.

Despite this setback they started strongly into the slight headwind, swapping consistent turns and moving their way towards limit.

A further 6 minutes behind was 2nd scratch, consisting of Ray Hamilton, Graeme Butcher & Clint Flanigan. Graeme Butcher looked strong from the start and did a bulk of the work in the early stages, with Ray Hamilton and Clint Flanigan in tow.

Starting another 1-½ minutes behind and 10 minutes adrift of limit were the scratch team of Brett Smedley, Troy Griffiths & Michael Hone.

This trio set off at a pace to rival the scorching temperatures and quickly caught the 2nd scratch bunch by the 8km mark.

The pace settled to allow Ray Hamilton, Graeme Butcher and Clint Flanigan to tack onto the back and this 2nd scratch/scratch combination maintained a consistent pace out to the turnaround point.

Further down the road the limit markers of Bob Craig, Warren Duffy & Shane Roberts persisted well into the wind and reached the turnaround with a healthy lead. Warren Duffy decided the conditions would not allow a solo breakaway this week and under the watchful eye of Bob Craig, this limit group looked a strong chance to hold off the remainder of the field.

Determined to make their job as hard as possible were the chasing group of 2nd limit, with Bruce Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Will Kettle and Glen Kettle had cut the time difference to 2 minutes by the turnaround point.

Hot on their heels were the 2nd scratch/scratch combination, who had cut the deficit to 45 seconds by the turnaround point and had the remainder of the field in their sights.

Coming into the last 5 km of the race, limit still held a healthy lead and looked as though they had done enough to hold off the field. Just behind them Michael Hone, Brett Smedley & Troy Griffiths ramped up the pace in a final effort to snatch the win.

With 2km to the finish Brett Smedley surged, which proved too much for Bruce Goldburg, Will Kettle and Clint Flanigan. Troy Griffiths and Michael Hone matched this effort; however at this point it looked as though limit may have done enough to stay away would not get caught.

Further ahead Shane Roberts launched an early attack on the rest of his group and was confident he could hold on for the win in the final kilometer.

Bob Craig and Warren Duffy gave chase, however Shane Roberts had enough left to hang onto the win, with Bob Craig unleashing a strong sprint to finish 2nd and Warren Duffy coming in 3rd. Michael Hone was too strong in the finish and took the fastest time with 39 minutes 40 seconds.

 

 

Date:> 12/1/2009 Terricks Road  28k

 

 

1st, Ken Wilson, 2nd Bob Craig, 3rd Garry Needs
Fastest Time, Brett Smedley 39.45

 

 

Limit,                    Ken Wilson, Garry Needs, Warren Duffy, Robert Craig

2nd limit>3½min,  Bruce Goldburg, Greg Patterson, Jeff Ridge, Glen Kettle

Middle>5½ min,   Damien Eade, Bruce Fleming, Dave Oman, Jeff Martin, Matt Grealy

2nd scratch>7min, Craig Riddington, Ray Hamilton, Dave Merrett, Peter Mazzarella,

Scratch> 10min,   Troy Griffith, Brett Smedley, Graeme Butcher, Dave Fulton

 

 

21 riders were welcomed by hot conditions for the first Terricks Rd Race of 2009. With a slight tailwind the limit quartet of Ken Wilson, Garry Needs, Warren Duffy & Robert Craig were away. They worked well as a team for the early part of the race, cruising down Mt. Terricks rd at speeds of 40km/h.

Waiting 3 ½ minutes in liew were the 2nd limit bunch consisting of Bruce Goldburg, Greg Patterson, Jeff Ridge, Glen Kettle, who were keen to cut the deficit before the turnaround point.

With the late inclusion of Damien Eade, the middle bunch left 2 minutes behind and also included Bruce Fleming, Dave Oman, Jeff Martin & Matt Grealy.

2nd scratch looked confident starting 1 ½ minutes behind, boasting the B grade criterium winner from last week Peter Mazzarella as well as the experience of Ray Hamilton, Craig Riddington and Dave Merrett.

A further 3 minutes adrift and 10 minutes behind the limit group were the scratch team of Troy Griffiths, Brett Smedley, Graeme Butcher & Dave Fulton.

This group left at a lightning pace, edging up to 48km/h with Troy Griffiths & Brett Smedley quickly cutting the time to the groups ahead. This pace had its first casualty at the 3km mark when Graeme Butcher lost contact with the group. He was followed by Dave Fulton at the 10km mark, leaving Troy Griffiths and Brett Smedley to chase the remainder of the field.

Towards the turnaround point the race was very even, with all groups making progress on those ahead. Warren Duffy was feeling fresh heading into the turnaround and keen to test some of his recent training. A burst of speed at the turnaround found him 50m ahead of his fellow limit markers Robert Craig, Ken Wilson & Garry Needs, who were content to continue as a trio for the time being.

Further behind the 2nd limit group had lost Jeff Ridge, with the remaining riders Bruce Goldburg, Greg Patterson and Glen Kettle battling to reduce the distance to the limit group.

The turnaround point split the middle bunch in half, with the evergreen Bruce Fleming surging away with Damien Eade close behind. The remainder of the group including Jeff Martin, Dave Oman & Matt Grealy pushed on valiantly to the finish.

With plenty of summer training under his belt Ray Hamilton used the turnaround point as a launching pad for the final chase. Working with Craig Riddington they split the 2nd scratch team and pushed onto the finish.

As the race moved into its final stages all eyes turned to the limit bunch with Warren Duffy continuing his solo attack on the finish. His solo effort lasted 5km under the watchful eye of the remainder of his group, however with 3km of the finish Robert Craig and Ken Wilson decided it was time to bridge the gap and pegged Warren Duffy back to the group.

Further behind the pairing of Ray Hamilton and Craig Riddington caught Bruce Fleming and Damien Eade and this newly formed grouped pushed strongly into the wind consistently closing the gap to the groups ahead.

With 1km to the finish it looked as though a winner would be found from the limit group, however strong turns from Bruce Goldburg and Greg Patterson put them into contention.

Around the final bend the limit group of Warren Duffy, Garry Needs, Ken Wilson & Robert Craig fought for position and a chance to claim victory.

Robert Craig took the advantage with a strong surge around the final turn. He was quickly followed by Garry Needs with Ken Wilson and Warren Duffy fighting to hold their wheel.

Warren Duffy had spent a lot of effort during his solo breakaway and struggled to hold onto Ken Wilson as he bridged the gap to the leading duo.

With 50m to go Ken Wilson surged again at Robert Craig and skipped to the lead and eventually win by 20m, with Robert Craig 2nd, Garry Needs 3rd and the rampaging Brett Smedley taking the fastest time with 39 minutes 45 seconds.