Ross the cy­cling boss of Coombes­berg

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAN PUR­CELL

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.

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