Ross the cycling boss of Coombesberg
IN the seventh race of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club spring-summer road series, 25 riders showed up to enjoy the spring sunshine to tackle the 29km course.
From the Botanic Park, all riders (minus Darren Bakker who forgot his rear light) headed out the Whitfield Road to Sawpit Gully Road, before turning around heading to the finish line positioned atop the famous summit of Coombes, ‘The Coombesberg’ hill.
Bella Macmunn kicked off proceedings, 22 minutes before the lone scratch rider in juggernaut Josh Hopwood - who, just quietly, is in pretty good form.
With all racers on the road and working hard, the group of Jarrod Appleton, Tom Macmunn and Aaron Peterson merged with the swift riding Bruce Halket, Mauro Brega and Luke Olver somewhere near the tomato farm.
This group would later come oh so close to sweet, sweet victory.
Just up the road, Tim Ross, Dave Moore, Anthony Plummer, Damian Grundy and Rob Skinner were ploughing through the rest of the field.
Grundy was unlucky to have a mechanical and drop out, while the others kept it tight up until Barwite Road.
Meanwhile the juggernaut had caught Dan Purcell who was off block.
Mirroring the previous week’s race, Purcell then proceeded to stare at the back wheel of Hopwood for the best part of 20km.
At the base of The Coombesberg and the action end of the race, only Skinner and Ross were left out front, while the merged Brega/Appleton group powered up the hill behind them.
Halket hit the hill and halted, while Peterson and Appleton accelerated and left the rest behind.
But in the end, nobody knows The Coombesberg like Tim Ross, who powered to victory just a couple of lengths clear of Rob Skinner.
Agonisingly close behind, Peterson took third, Appleton fourth, and Gus Muscara rounded out the top five.
Janine Appleton had a great ride to place sixth, and win first unplaced female.
The juggernaut (Hopwood) had the fastest time overall.
Kudos to all the volunteers who made the race possible.
The spring-summer series heads to Howes Creek Road this week, with race entries to John Eisner by 8pm the night before. And Darren, remember your light. Finally, the entire MMBCC would like to wish Rod Manning a speedy recovery following his cardiac scare last week.
Take it easy, mate.