Cy­cling club re­mem­bers Alain Guerin

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By JOHN EISNER AND DAMIAN GRUNDY

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.

Judi Duke made an early move R൵ WKH IURQW RI KHU JURXS WXUQLQJ KHU UDFH LQWR D JXWV\ VROR H൵RUW

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

5RXQGLQJ RXW WKH WRS ¿YH ZHUH Dan Fri­day se­nior and Rachael Grundy.

As al­ways great fun was had by all.

PHOTO: Lau­rent Guerin

CLOS­ING IN: In a sprint for third place are (from left) Rob Skin­ner, James Black, Cam Lachal and Kody Ap­ple­ton.

PHOTO: Craig Wil­son

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.

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