Spring had finally arrived, with an almost cloudless blue skies and a light Southerly breeze, you couldn’t have asked for a better morning for bike Racing. A Strong field of 17 riders took on the challenging course around the Macadamia Castle in a Handicap Race. The riders were Handicapped in their respective Grades and set off at timed intervals reflecting their Grade.
Richard Brown(BBC), E grade was of first, with a 3:45 buffer over D grade and 12:30 to A, he would have to work hard to keep the chasing field at bay. Glen Hannan(BBCC), Dave Scully(BBCC), Mick Pattison(BBCC) and Marco Goldberg(BBCC) in D grade followed him. Then Colin Isaac(BBC), Johnny Nichols(MCC), John Moerkerken(BBC), Phil Cook(BBC), Frank Day(BBC) and Glenn Purcell(MMBCC) from Mansfield in Victoria in C grade at +6:30. Rod Latimer(D/Licence), Jason Denson(MCC), Matt Long(BBCC) Ben Hogan(BBC) and Brock Standfield(MCC) comprised B grade at +10:30 with Matt Slee (D/Licence) riding solo in A grade +12:30.
While Matt could have had Coffee and Cake before starting off, he wasted no time in chasing down the field, in the end proving too strong for all but one, Glenn Purcell, by 4 seconds. There were some great rides on the day with Marco Goldberg 3 minutes quicker than his fellow D graders to finish 5th, Ben Hogan 2:35 over his nearest B grader and Phil Cook and Johnny Nichols in C grade putting in strong rides to get one on the Podium and the other just off it.
The Final results were: Glenn Purcell – 1st, Matt Slee – 2nd, Phil Cook – 3rd.
Prizes were also given to the fastest rider in each grade – Matt Slee, Ben Hogan, Glenn Purcell, Marco Goldberg and Richard Brown (A – E).
Thanks to all the Volunteers and Officials and also to the Macadamia Castle for hosting us and Workforce International for their on-going support.
Sadly, due technical difficulties (not operator), only a handful of the 257 photos were recoverable.