Tough go­ing in wind and heat

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT -

Tues­day’s twi­light race was tai­lor-made for the scratch group as a strong south wind made the ride back to the fin­ish tough go­ing.

They gave the limit group, which con­sisted of ju­nior rider Sam Thom­son, a 16-minute start fol­lowed by the 6:30, four and two-minute groups.

The two and four-minute groups com­bined at the turn around and had the 6:30 in their sights with scrach one minute be­hind.

With 5 km to go the wind proved to be a fac­tor as rid­ers were slow­ing be­ing caught by the main group and scratch were loom­ing down fast.

In the clos­ing 1 km, all had been reeled in ex­cept for young Thom­son who seemed to rel­ish the con­di­tions and went on to win by a clear mar­gain.

Shane Hol­land (2 min) led the charge home fol­lowed by Brian In­ness (4 min) with Sam Fuhrmi­ester (scr) fourth and fastest time in 37:11.

Satur­day’s race was run in 32°C heat on the Blue­top hill course which proved a tough day in the sad­dle.

New rider Vic­tor Nash was the first rider to start with a 17-minute hand­i­cap.

The rest of the field were sent off with only 8 min 30 sec sep­a­rat­ing three groups.

At the top of Blue­top the five and 8:30 groups com­bined with scratch 1:30 fur­ther back.

Although the scratch trio of Dar­ryl O’keefe, Christy Rilen and Michael Thom­son made up the ma­jor­ity of the time given, the fast, mainly down­hill re­turn leg would be too much to make up.

Shayne Kirby (5 min) showed he is get­ting some form back as he put in a few fast turns of pace.

Ian Baker (8:30) and Bret Ben­der (8:30) shared the work load en­sur­ing they wouldn’t get caught.

Nash was caught with only 3 kms to go which was a fine ef­fort rid­ing solo.

Kirby was never a doubt in the sprint as he held off Baker, with Ben­der third and Glenn Ja­cobs fourth.

Only 30 sec­onds be­hind was O’keefe in fifth and fastest time in 1:12:20.

Rac­ing on Satur­day starts from Burgess Signs at 2 pm.

Twi­light rac­ing con­tin­ues ev­ery Tues­day from Palm­world start­ing at 6 pm.

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