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