GV Vets race with Hume Vets

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Hume’s high­lighted race of the year, the Tungamah Ho­tel Hand­i­cap, was held last Sun­day with an in­vi­ta­tion for GV Vets to come and join in the 51 km hand­i­cap road race.

With race num­bers close to 40 rid­ers, ev­ery­thing was set for a great event with six bunches.

Limit took to the road 19 mins ahead of a well groomed scratch group with a lit­tle stand­ing wa­ter on the roads to St James, Devenish and Gooram­bat for the outand-back run.

With the cross-winds through­out the morn­ing, it was to be a hard slog.

Sec­ond limit made short work of the task of bridg­ing 5 min to the limit group (now down to three rid­ers) to amal­ga­mate shortly af­ter the turn-around.

The scratch boys had their tails up and scorched around the course, catch­ing all in front of them ex­cept the front two groups.

The course has long, flat straight runs and has nowhere to hide. To the ad­van­tage of the chasers they could see the lead­ers in the dis­tance, but even with an aver­age speed over 41 km/h they were to miss out tak­ing the win by 36 sec.

With a kilo­me­tre to go to the che­quered flag the bunch sort­ing was in hand with each of the 10 re­main­ing lead rid­ers wait­ing for their op­por­tu­nity to take the race tro­phy.

At 500 m out Tina Kreskas got to the lead and said, ‘catch me if you can’. The lone fe­male rider laid down the gaunt­let to her op­po­si­tion and stayed at the front de­spite Dav­i­son’s at­tempt to try to snatch a vic­tory.

Only a few sec­onds cov­ered the 10 lead rid­ers, and the judges had to re­vert to the cam­era to sort out the mi­nor plac­ings. Dav­i­son was only cen­time­tres away in sec­ond place with Tie­len mak­ing up the podium.

Yuille was run­ning on in fourth and a fast-fin­ish­ing Chilman got over Wilkins for fifth.

The scratch group came home at a rate of knots and got to within 36 sec of the lead­ers with Laffy tak­ing fastest time at an aver­age speed of 41.07 km/h. Re­sults: 1 Tina Kreskas (14) 1.27.55 (34.79 km/h); 2 Gra­ham Dav­i­son (14) s/t; 3 John Tie­len (14); 4 Neville Yuille (19); 5 Ian Chilman (14); 6 Chris Wilkins (19); 7 Stephen O’Brien (14); 8 Ron Ma­son (19); 9 Colin Stokes (14); 10 John Kane (14). Fastest time: Neville Laffy 1.14.31 (41.07 km/h). Next club race, Sun­day, June 8 at Be­nalla; 51 km hand­i­cap. En­tries close Fri­day, June 6 at 9 pm with club hand­i­cap­per Bernie Gre­aly on 5721 3799.

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