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.
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