It is a privilege and honour that Geelong Cycling Club are able to conduct a race on the ANZAC public holiday. An excellent field of juniors and senior riders were able to race in absolutely perfect conditions at Maude.
The GCC juniors had a variety of courses to choose from, out and back over some undulations or the hilly looped course. Young Oliver Baric tested himself over the tough loop, dancing his way up some of the hardest climbs the Brisbane ranges have to offer. Young guns Jake Dynes, Brayden Maurer & Lachlan Collins resembled a pro team time trial working beautifully together during their race. All cooperation was off when the finish line was in sight with a long sprint to the line.
The GCC junior girls continue to show their improvement with Madeline Starling and Olivia Davison having good rides over their respective courses.
The senior handicap was run over 3 laps, (60K ) of the testing Maude, Stigletz She Oaks loop. When racing got under way it seemed that limit was more intent on blowing each other apart than working towards the common goal which saw them splinter early and sapping their strength in numbers. The other bunches worked together nicely, but it was some experienced heads in 3rd scratch that helped them make their way through the field. However a charging super scratch bunch of Oliver Kent-Spark & Lachlan Doak weren’t to be denied cutting a sway through the field and to the front of the race. Some great rides by some individuals saw the likes of newcomer, Joe Daly & the ever improving Piers Neyholt hang onto the front bunch.
In the run to the line NRS (national road series) rider Oliver Kent-Spark unleashed a powerful sprint taking first and fastest. After year away from the sport Daryl Burns’s strength is returning holding on for second place ahead of new member, but experienced rider Richard Lyle. Well done to all riders who took part. Thanks to the marshal’s how assisted on the day.
After some hilly races to start the season, racing heads to Paraparap for the Annual 20. Entries and event details in the event calendar on the web site.
Full Results; https://geelongcycling.com/results/?mylaps=type,event,eventid,1006856
Race Photos; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152094685972339.1073741852.43286352338&type=1
Tour of the South West
A number of Geelong riders head down to Warrnambool for the tour of the South West. All the GCC riders performed exceptionally well over the 3 stage event. Lee Burchell the stand out in the tough masters A division with two podium finishes and 5th on GC.
Well done to all the riders. Break down of GCC results as follows;
A Grade; Mark Fagg 38th GC.
Masters A; Lee Burchell 5th GC (3rd Stage 1, 2nd Stage 3), Gary Wearmouth 13th GC, Leigh Clifford 41st GC, Adrian Copeland 42nd GC.
Masters B; Adam Aleksanderowicz 14th GC, Ben Andrews 15th GC.
Masters C; Harrison Weisinger 6th GC, Michael Allan 13th GC.
Leongatha Junior Tour
Four GCC juniors flew the flag at the Leongatha Junior tour last weekend all coming home with some excellent individual results.
Molly & Bryce Bridger both 3rd in their respective hill climbing races. Kane Bridger 3rd in the U15 handicap. Kaitlyn Schurmann 3rd in the U17 women’s handicap. Bryce Bridger 3rd in the his Scratch race.
Well done to all the kids.