Weather warms up for MMBCC weekly cy­cling

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By KODY AP­PLE­TON

THE weather was warm this Buller Cy­cling Club came to­gether for its weekly race.

The rid­ers would travel out around at Saw­pit Gully, ride left onto Bar­wite Road, right onto Old Tolmie Road, over Graves Road.

Once the race be­gan, two large groups quickly formed at the front end of the race be­cause of small handicaps, the lat­ter of which con­tained Alex Green, Ian Con­rick, Matilda Reeve, Kody Ap­ple­ton, Tim Hall and Al­lan Ger­rans.

By the turn­around, these two groups were within sight of each other - but sur­pris­ingly were not gain­ing, nor los­ing ground.

There were com­plaints from the rear end of the race due to Mauro Brega pulling a 50km/h - mato farm corner which meant many strong rid­ers started to strug­gle.

all groups started to close the gaps, with Alex Green pulling a huge turn for his group in a last-ditch ef­fort to help Con­rick, Reeve and Ap­ple­ton to pull across to the group in front which they caught on the crest of the Coombes­berg climb.

This was helped by some frac­tur­ing in the lead group with fa­tigue, up­hill gra­di­ent and wish­ing race train­ing had been in­sti­gated ear­lier likely causes.

Bella Green and Judy Duke had man­aged to get away on the climb but were caught on the down­hill by Matilda and Kody, joined by David Jag­ger and Ja­nine Ap­ple­ton, hang­ing des­per­ately onto their wheel.

to­gether with Kody Ap­ple­ton beat­ing Matilda Reeve in the sprint for 1st.

Fi­nal plac­ings were Kody Ap­ple­ton 1st, Matilda Reeve 2nd, David Jag­ger 3rd, Craig Wil­son 4th and Ja­nine Ap­ple­ton 5th.

A mas­sive thank you to all the vol­un­teers for sup­port­ing the event.

Next week’s race is a hand­i­cap race at Jamieson with a 6.30pm start - en­tries via SMS 8pm Wed­nes­day.

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