Rod Armstrong returned to the winners’ list in Saturday’s 28 km road race, having last won on August 27, 2016. He narrowly defeated Wayde Foster in a time of 48.39 minutes. Ideal conditions greeted the 10 riders at the start. First to leave were Sharen Parmley accompanied by Sharyn White from the limit mark of 11 min. White could not sustain the pace, leaving Parmley to ride solo for the rest of the journey. The 7 min bunch consisted of Wayde Foster and Rod Armstrong, with Gifford Crosthwaite and the well performed Bernie Gillespie being allocated the 4 min mark. Without Travis Lindhe in attendance the scratch bunch of four were Charlie White, Heath White, Terrance Walmsley and Gary Smith. The very fit Charlie White was favoured for fastest time after being selected in an Australian triathlete team, but his brother Heath caused an upset, in a time of 42.20 min. Next to finish was Walmsley followed by Smith and Charlie White who had worked hard to get his group into a favourable position. With just 6 km to travel Sharyn Parmley was caught by the 7 min bunch and looked likely to finish third, but the fast-finishing scratchmen relegated her to seventh place when they overtook her with the finish line in sight. Gillespie and Crosthwaite of the ‘‘Wild Hog’’ group were eighth and ninth with Sharyn White in 10th in a time of 61.34 mins. A field of 67 riders entered the 62 km Geoff Dixon Memorial at Chiltern on Sunday. It was the fourth stage of the Tour de Riverina series. The two-lap event was divided into six bunches with Cobram Barooga’s Bernie Gillespie riding with the 16 minute group, Richard Handreck and Simon Rudd 6 mins, while Heath White rode from 4 mins. White was out of the race after one lap, most likely suffering fatigue after his great effort the day before. Multiple club champion Travis Lindhe was riding with the scratch bunch and looked a likely candidate for victory, but his aspirations were thwarted when he was beaten narrowly by Wagga rider Myles Stewart for first and fastest time. It was an excellent effort by Lindhe, who had a limited preparation. Gillespie improved on last year’s effort, only being caught by the scratch markers in the last 10 km. Handreck and Rudd were representing the club as well and were in the 30-rider bunch who contested the sprint, finishing just outside the placings, at an average speed of 42 km/h. Rudd, who has only been racing for a short time, showed great speed and endurance, but his bunch was no match for scratch which averaged a phenomenal 45 km/h. Interestingly Rudd and Handreck have never raced with the club. Saturday, May 5 will see the first in a five-race series of time trials being contested; $5 entry, 1.30 pm, MON factory starting point. Please come along to ensure the success of the event.