CY­CLING

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HUME VET­ER­ANS

CY­CLING CLUB Each year on the last week­end in Novem­ber, the Hume Vets Cy­cling Club runs the Ge­orge Good­win Tro­phy Hand­i­cap.

Last Sun­day for its 19th run­ning, the club was joined by the GV Vets Cy­cling Club to make for a com­pet­i­tive cy­cle race rid­ing three laps around the Mt Ma­jor cir­cuit at Dookie.

The 24 com­peti­tors were spead over seven groups with lone limit man Tony Mor­ris given a 34 minute head start over a well-oiled scratch group.

A windy, muggy, over­cast morn­ing led to light­ning and a tor­ren­tial down­pour dur­ing the last lap, but this didn’t de­ter race leader Brian Gawne, who had rid­den away from his co-rid­ers to catch all in front of him.

On the fi­nal climb turn­ing at the Dookie ceme­tery, Gawne held a 500 m lead from the 13-minute group and when scratch rid­ers turned the cor­ner they could see their prey in the dis­tance a kilo­me­tre to the bet­ter.

A strong pull by the back­mark­ers had them round up Gawne and the 13-minute boys by the top of the climb with only the 3 km de­scent to the che­quered flag.

With rain still pour­ing down, the rid­ers had to be care­ful com­ing into the fin­ish line, but it didn’t stop the scratch rid­ers from tak­ing out this year’s hand­i­cap tro­phy with Chris­tian McDon­ald putting in a blis­ter­ing sprint fin­ish to hold out Neville Laffy (GV) and Matt Gre­aly (CV).

McDon­ald also se­cured fastest time honours with an av­er­age speed of 38.95 km/h to take home the Good­win Per­pet­ual Tro­phy.

Re­sults: 1 Chris­tian McDon­ald (scr) 1.20.07 (38.95 km/h), 2 Neville Laffy (scr), 3 Matt Gre­aly (scr), 4 Heath White (9), 5 Bren­dan De Fazio (4), 6 David Booz­za­ayer (scr), 7 Ash­ley O’Far­rell (13), 8 Brian Gawne (21), 9 Ge­off Mor­ley (13), 10 Lau­rie Lys­ter (13).

Fastest time: Chris­tian McDon­ald (scr) 1.20.07 (38.95 km/h).

Next Hume club race: Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10 at Be­nalla, 53 km Christ­mas Hand­i­cap. En­tries close: 9 pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 9 with Bernie Gre­aly, phone/SMS 0417 213 799.

For mem­ber­ship de­tails or in­quiries phone Si­mon Hall on 0448 533 322 or check the web­site at www.humevet­er­ans.com.au

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