CY­CLING

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The Sey­mour Broad­ford Cy­cling Club held their first John Burgess memo­rial road race on Satur­day.

John was an in­te­gral part of the SBCC for many years, dur­ing which he en­joyed ev­ery part of cy­cling and the ca­ma­raderie that came with it.

He was a kind and won­der­ful man in ev­ery as­pect of life who loved his fam­ily and his ex­tended cy­cling fam­ily and we cel­e­brated a race in hon­our of a great man who is sadly missed.

The course was the Mitchel­ton loop cir­cuit via Man­ga­lore with a fin­ish on the sharp and tough Manse Hill.

A healthy num­ber of rid­ers made the ef­fort for the start of this tough 47 km race.

Hand­i­cap­ping by Glenn Ja­cobs was six bunches with 18 min­utes sep­a­rat­ing the field and by the end of the race there were only sec­onds to spare from the main group. Well done Glenn.

Rac­ing to­day had an ex­tra bonus with an in­ter­me­di­ate sprint at Mitchel­ton which was worth a bot­tle of wine and Brian In­ness was the even­tual win­ner.

It was at this stage the 18 min group of Bartlett, In­ness and Hib­berd knew they were in for a chance of vic­tory as they couldn’t see any chas­ing rid­ers be­hind them.

By the 35 km point the 8, 12 and 15-minute bunches had com­bined but were still no match for the fast trav­el­ling 4-minute bunch which steam­rolled them at about the 40 km point.

At this stage they knew the scratch bunch had no chance of catch­ing so they all di­rected their ef­forts into chas­ing the 18-minute group.

As the end neared it was Hib­berd, with a sniff of vic­tory, who made an early charge on Manse Hill, man­ag­ing to break the elas­tic band to Brian In­ness and Kevin Bartlett and went on to win with In­ness and Bartlett only sec­onds be­hind.

The main group were so hot on their heels, Bartlett had to dig deep to se­cure his third place ahead of a fast fin­ish­ing Sam Fuhrmeis­ter for fourth.

Shortly af­ter it was Brodie Sims who took out fastest time honours.

Many thanks to Ted, Jeff, Alan, Ian and War­ren for their self­less ef­forts in mak­ing sure the day’s rac­ing goes ahead safely and smoothly.

A big thanks to Merle Hib­berd and Irene Bartlett for the fan­tas­tic job of cater­ing for the af­ter­noon re­fresh­ments.

And fi­nally the big­gest, on be­half of the SBCC I would like to thank the Burgess fam­ily of Carol, Carolyn, Lor­raine and Ron­nie for the tremen­dous sup­port over the years they have each given to the SBCC.

Thanks for al­low­ing us to use Burgess Signs premises to con­duct our rac­ing from, espe­cially dur­ing win­ter months.

To John Burgess, where ever you are mate, be it known you are sadly missed and we hope you en­joyed to­day as much as we did. RIP. Re­sults: 1st: Jeff Hib­berd (18 min); 2nd: Brian In­ness (18 min); 3rd: Kevin Bartlett (18 min); 4th: Sam Fuhrmeis­ter (4 min); 5th: Michael Thom­son (8 min); 6th: Neil O’Sul­li­van (12 min); 7th: Alan Adams (4 min); 8th: Daryl O’Ke­effe (4 min); 9th: Joel Green (8 min); 10th: Christy Rilen (4 min). Fastest time: Brodie Sims (1h10m38s, Ave 39.92 km/h).

Next weeks rac­ing starts at Burgess Signs, 2 pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion see our web­site/teamapp.

https://sey­mour­broad­ford cy­cling­club.teamapp.com

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