Weather warms up for MMBCC weekly cycling
THE weather was warm this Buller Cycling Club came together for its weekly race.
The riders would travel out around at Sawpit Gully, ride left onto Barwite Road, right onto Old Tolmie Road, over Graves Road.
Once the race began, two large groups quickly formed at the front end of the race because of small handicaps, the latter of which contained Alex Green, Ian Conrick, Matilda Reeve, Kody Appleton, Tim Hall and Allan Gerrans.
By the turnaround, these two groups were within sight of each other - but surprisingly were not gaining, nor losing ground.
There were complaints from the rear end of the race due to Mauro Brega pulling a 50km/h - mato farm corner which meant many strong riders started to struggle.
all groups started to close the gaps, with Alex Green pulling a huge turn for his group in a last-ditch effort to help Conrick, Reeve and Appleton to pull across to the group in front which they caught on the crest of the Coombesberg climb.
This was helped by some fracturing in the lead group with fatigue, uphill gradient and wishing race training had been instigated earlier likely causes.
Bella Green and Judy Duke had managed to get away on the climb but were caught on the downhill by Matilda and Kody, joined by David Jagger and Janine Appleton, hanging desperately onto their wheel.
together with Kody Appleton beating Matilda Reeve in the sprint for 1st.
Final placings were Kody Appleton 1st, Matilda Reeve 2nd, David Jagger 3rd, Craig Wilson 4th and Janine Appleton 5th.
A massive thank you to all the volunteers for supporting the event.
Next week’s race is a handicap race at Jamieson with a 6.30pm start - entries via SMS 8pm Wednesday.