The Mur de Cam­pag­nolo

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By GUILLAUME DELACROIX

RECORD num­bers reg­is­tered to start the hand­i­cap race on Howes Creek Rd with rac­ers’ ages rang­ing from pre-teen to the over 60s.

The Howes Creek Rd course, with its fi­nale on the ‘Mur de Cam­pag­no­los’ (Cam­pag­no­los/O’Han­lons Road Hill), is chal­leng­ing to say the least.

The limit group of Deb Sal­latenna and Ben Grundie opened the pro­ceed­ings with a 20 minute and 30 sec­ond start on the scratch group.

The fol­low­ing group in­cluded three ju­nior rid­ers Tahlia Ap­ple­ton, Bella Greene and first time road racer Elise Em­pey, this group was well chap­er­oned by Rachael Grundy and the ev­er­green Tony “The Bar­ber” Mor­ris.

Five fur­ther groups started be­fore the scratch group of Dan “Evil” Pur­cell and Rob Cur­tis.

The strength in the field was clearly in the sec­ond block group of 11 rid­ers, th­ese would be very hard to catch and very hard to stay away from.

Pow­er­house An­thony Pl um­mer drove the big group through­out the r ace, mak­ing t he r ac­ing swift and mak­ing t he mem­bers of his group work very hard.

Jar­rod Ap­ple­ton re­ported hav­ing to do ‘dou­ble turns’ on An­thony’s wheel.

This proved to be a dou­ble-edged sword for Jar­rod in the fin­ish.

As pre­dicted the ‘Mur’ would de­cide the even­tual win­ner and so it did, with the field com­ing to­gether to at­tack the short but sharp climb to the fin­ish.

Some climbed with style, some bat­tled on and some just plain strug­gled.

Pres­i­dent Wil Wil­son fin­ished with a time reg­is­tered on a handy cal­en­dar.

As the sprint for the fin­ish opened up, Dave Moore broke from the field for a classy ‘moun­tain goat’ win, four sec­onds clear of Matthew Em­pey in his first road race who was fol­lowed 10 sec­onds later by Jar­rod Ap­ple­ton, per­haps grate­ful for the dou­ble turns pro­vided by An­thony’s big ef­forts.

Matthew will be the rider to watch in com­ing weeks and I am cer­tain that hand­i­cap­per Eis­ner will be watch­ing very closely.

Other new-com­ers in­cluded Dave Em­pey, Steve Duke, Donna Stephensen, Judi Duke and Court­ney Lynch… the club welcomes you all.

The club also cel­e­brates the ar­rival of its new­est racer, Hamish Wil­liam Hop­wood, who ar­rived on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, con­grat­u­la­tions to Josh, Louise and Paris.

The club al­ways welcomes new rid­ers of all ages and abil­ity lev­els, so come and have a go at rac­ing.

Next week will be ‘four–up sprints’ con­tested on Graves Rd.

This could be the event where the Bakker-Ross medal will be awarded.

Thanks to our vol­un­teers and of­fi­cials, with­out your as­sis­tance it would just be fast train­ing.

PHOTO: Tony Co­p­land

HEAD DOWN: Matt Em­pey pow­ers up O’Han­lon’s Road to take sec­ond place in his first road race.

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