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.