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The Cobram Courier - - LOCALCLASSIES -

Due to im­pend­ing rain, only six rid­ers con­tested the 28 km hand­i­cap on Satur­day.

Rid­ing from the 11-minute mark was Stephen Gem­mill, who was the first to test his met­tle into the strong head­wind.

Bernie Gille­spie also rode solo with a seven-minute mar­gin from scratch and by the half­way mark was only about 500 m in ar­rears of Gem­mill.

Heath White, Shep­par­ton’s Graham Sylvester and vet­eran Gif­ford Crosth­waite were given 11⁄2 min­utes start from club cham­pion Travis Lindhe, rid­ing from scratch.

Crosth­waite found the strong head­wind a lit­tle daunt­ing and was dropped from his bunch about three kilo­me­tres from the start. The burn­ing ques­tion was, could Lindhe make up the 11 min­utes he had given Gem­mill, or would he be too strong with the aid of the strong tail­wind?

Sylvester was dropped by White on the re­turn jour­ney and Gille­spie was los­ing ground to the the leader Gem­mill. Lindhe had rounded up the other three con­tes­tants, but Gem­mill still had what looked like an unas­sail­able lead with three kilo­me­tres to travel.

Travis turned on his awe­some power to over­take Steve with about 900 m to the fin­ish. He had a clear vic­tory with Gem­mill fill­ing sec­ond plac­ing in an­other strong ride.

Heath White pow­ered to the line to fin­ish third.

All times were slow due to the harsh weather con­di­tions and rid­ers were happy to see the fin­ish­ing line. Lindhe was fastest as usual with a time of 43.32 min. An­other ex­cel­lent ef­fort by the vet­eran hand­i­cap­per. Next Satur­day, a 28 km hand­i­cap, will start in Hughes St, Ba­rooga, be­gin­ning at 1.30 pm. En­try is $5.

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