Cycling club remembers Alain Guerin
THIS week marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of our much loved member, Alain Guerin, and as usual for this week a memorial handicap was held in his honour.
Held on the challenging 29km Coombesberg course, over 30 riders entered - including son, JeanDaniel Guerin and several of his friends from Melbourne.
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The chasing group of Alex Green, Di Condie, Dave Jagger, John Eisner, Craig Wilson and Janine Appleton worked well together until the fragmented remains of VHFRQG EORFN FDXJKW XS RQ WKH ¿QDO straight.
The massive block group made an attempt to chase down the sole scratch rider, Brendon Green, who ZRUNHG WKURXJK WKH ZKROH ¿HOG catching Judi with two kilometres to go, and taking out the trophy for the second year in a row.
An impressive ride saw Kody Appleton take third with James Black and Cam Lachal fourth and ¿IWK
The riders then rode out on the Buller road to meet the rest of the Guerin family for a tribute to Alain by his wife Coral.
Thank you to our crew of volunteers and to the Delatite Hotel.
Sadly the police campaign this week highlights how many drivers continue to use mobile phones while driving.
Hopefully technology, awareness and common sense will reduce the risk phones pose and reduce injuries and fatalities such as Alain’s.
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A good turn-out of the usual suspects approached the start line for a Long Course extravaganza.
Early starters of the faster guys included Dan Friday senior, Damian Grundy, Lee Noble, Bruce Halket and Matty Empey chasing two long laps and one short lap, then Tom Hogan hit out a few minutes later for his one long and two short laps.
The early starters were then followed a short time later by a large crew of riders doing one long and one short lap, including David Bock, Dan Friday junior, Talia Appleton, Jack Hogan (sadly destined to DNF), Rachael Grundy, Ruby Dobson, Bella Green, Alex Green, -DPHV *UL൶Q (OLVH (PSH\ DQG -Dson Parker.
Much tactical discussion prior to the start centred on what order might be best to complete the necessary laps.
In the end it became clear that the best strategy would be to ride fast.
Dan Friday junior was best at that and came away with the win on the day.
David Bock rode super well and held on for 2nd followed shortly thereafter by Talia Appleton for 3rd DQG ¿UVW IHPDOH
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As always great fun was had by all.
CLOSING IN: In a sprint for third place are (from left) Rob Skinner, James Black, Cam Lachal and Kody Appleton.
REMEMBER: Mansfield Mount Buller Cycling Club members and friends gathered to remember Alain Guerin. Pictured are (from left) Jean-Daniel Guerin, Kody Appleton, Brendon Green, Judi Duke, Coral Guerin, Francoise Guerin and Laurent Guerin.
DONE AND DUSTED: The U18 boys played in their first tournament on November 10 and 11. Pictured are (from left) Darcy Clarke, Bailey Adams, Max Les, Toby Christopher, Cooper Peck, Dane Roberts, Jacob Schultz and Jake Padovan.