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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.
Mike Staude on his way to winning Albany Cycle Club’s Mt Barker to Albany Handicap.
Blyth Andrews leads a pack.