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Mike Staude rounded out a successful sea­son to win Al­bany Cy­cle Club’s cel­e­brated Mt Barker to Al­bany Hand­i­cap last Sun­day morn­ing.

The his­toric event has had a few routes over the years and now fol­lows Al­bany High­way from the Mt Barker Pool be­fore a sharp left­hand turn into An­son Street, with a sprint fin­ish near North Al­bany Se­nior High School.

New rider Dwayne Sobey joined the go group, with Ge­of­frey Cass and Michael Gar­diner set­ting the pace as under-15 Emily Wig­gins rode the first 10km on the back as an en­forced neu­tral start be­cause of her age.

Pow­er­house trio Staude, Ian Don­ald­son and Ge­orgina Cameron left under-17 cy­clist Dan­ica Wig­gins be­hind as they worked to­gether to make the most of a 12minute start on scratch.

Staude’s group caught the two front groups with only Cass, Gar­diner and Jim Lie (five-min­utes) able to stick with them as they passed.

Blyth An­drews and Ben Castle­how pushed hard in an ef­fort to keep the chop­ping block’s fiveminute lead on scratch and gain ground on the lead­ers.

Fresh from an epic 122km gravel race in hilly Nan­nup the day be­fore, Craig Wig­gins and Beau LeFort joined vis­it­ing A-grader Thomas Perry and under-17 Ri­ley Hes­lop in scratch (19min).

Craig Wig­gins’ fe­ro­cious pace was too much for Hes­lop, who was dropped be­fore the group caught the chop­ping block with about 12km to go. Paul Terry (5min), An­drews and Castle­how man­aged to stick with scratch, but the group was two min­utes too late for the fi­nal sprint.

With only three sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing first and fifth, Staude out­sprinted Lie and Don­ald­son ahead of Cass and Cameron, who was the first woman home. Fastest time of the day went to Craig Wig­gins, (1hr 44min), closely fol­lowed by Perry and LeFort.

Al­bany Cy­cle Club will take a break from racing un­til later in the year. New riders are wel­come to con­tact the club about train­ing rides, held all year round.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mike Staude on his way to win­ning Al­bany Cy­cle Club’s Mt Barker to Al­bany Hand­i­cap.

Mike Har­vey.

Blyth An­drews leads a pack.

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