After a week of wet, conditions were ideal for the final 2 stages of the Geelong Cycling Club Tour at Eastern Gardens. All riders did a 1 lap prologue followed by a Kermesse.
A break from the norm saw riders do a clockwise lap of the Eastern Gardens course. Things were tight in all grades with only a handful of seconds separating the riders. Phil O’Neil (C Grade), Daniel Hall (B Grade) & Chris Fry (A Grade) all taking line honors. In the Juniors Brayden Maurer took the win just 0.265 seconds ahead of Noah Copeland with Jacob Dynes a little over a second back.
There was some great racing in the multi lap event in all grades. Racing was tight in the Junior grades with little separating the different age groups. Jacob Dynes use his high cadence pedaling style to good effect taking the win.
In C grade a number of juniors step up to test themselves which is great to see. Craig Hannah showing some strong form drove the bunch causing a late split. In the run to the line Phil O’Neil took his maiden victory from Craig Hannah and Neil Maurer.
B grade saw some interesting tactics within the bunch. Harry Weisinger making a long range bid for victory off the front late in the race only to be caught on the last lap. Daniel Hall displaying his preference for no hills and sprint finishes taking the win from Andrew Cox & Tony Butler. Emma Scott looking resplendent in her new pink kit fastest female.
A grade turned out to be a brutal affair with constant strong attacks shredding the field to bits. Only a select group survived with international tri-athlete Peter Kerr going solo late in the race, but the bunch was never willing to giving to much rope. It was all back together for the drag up Herne Parade for the last time before Kris Hink unleashed a powerful burst of speed to gap the bunch and take his first A grade win from Chris Fry & Lee Burchell.
Full results can be found here; https://geelongcycling.com/results/?mylaps=type,event,eventid,1001722
After the combining the points from the 3 races of the club tour Craig Hannah (C Grade), Andrew Cox (B Grade) & Chris Fry (A Grade) we crowned the winners. Well done!
Club Tour Top Three
A Grade 1st Chris Fry, 2nd Lee Burchell & Kris Hink
B Grade 1st Andrew Cox, 2nd Daniel Hall, 3rd Ryan Thomas
C Grade 1st Craig Hannah, 2nd Luke Kinnersly, 3rd Sam Aulsebrook