Saturday’s 28km handicap was raced in ideal conditions.
Fourteen riders availed themselves of the opportunity to race over the newly constructed section of the Mulwala-Barooga Rd.
This section has been unavailable for racing for some time.
The club welcomed a new rider in Dean Holgate from Yarrawonga who will give the scratch riders very strong competition.
Other visitors were junior riders Ethan McLeod from Shepparton and Josh Woods and the highly talented Byron Woods from Nathalia.
The brothers are very dedicated.
Josh was seriously injured last year when hit by a car in the streets of Nathalia, and first impressions were that he would never ride again, but showing outstanding courage and dedication he has now returned to the sport which he loves.
The allocated handicaps were: from the 20mins limit mark, Kattarina White, Ethan McLeod and Josh Woods; from 8.30mins, Pommy Hyde, Wayde Foster, Stephen Gemmill and ‘Snake’ Hargreaves; from 7mins, Gifford Crosthwaite and last week’s time trial winner Michael Doyle; and from scratch, Dean Holgate, Byron Woods, Nick Torney, Andrew Doyle and aggregate leader Heath White.
Without club champion Travis Lindhe riding it was a great opportunity for the scratchmen to fight out for fastest time.
The 7mins bunch were riding well and caught the 8.30mins group with 7.5km to travel.
With Michael Doyle and Crosthwaite pushing the pace, Foster and Hyde were not able to sustain the pace and were dispatched on the much-feared hill.
Scratch were setting a hot pace in their pursuit of the front bunches, averaging more than 41km/h.
With Michael Doyle and Crosthwaite setting the pace they were quickly swallowed up.
Doyle went on to record a narrow win from Crosthwaite, recording his second win in succession, in a time of 45.06.
Gemmill hung on to third place in a very strong ride, recording a personal best of 48, just a couple of seconds from the winner.
Josh Woods and Kattarina White would have been disappointed to have been caught so close to the finish, but still recorded the time of 58.20 to finish fourth and fifth.
‘Snake’ Hargreaves wasn’t far back in sixth place.
Young Shepparton lad Ethan McLeod was next with a time of 58.25.
Woods is to be congratulated on showing such great endeavour in his pursuit of success.
Not to be outdone, his brother Byron recorded fastest time of 40.31, at an average speed of more than 41.3km/h.
The Woods boys have honed their speed by track racing and it is showing, with some great success.
Holgate, in his first ride with the club for some time, was second fastest, closely followed by Andrew Doyle.
Heath White and Nick Torney were dropped on the new road section with 7.5km to travel but still averaged moe than 38km/h.
The duo of Hyde and Foster, after being dropped with 5km to travel, still finished strongly.
●Sharen Parmley and Terry Walmsley travelled to Bright to tackle the very steep Tawonga Gap and the 30km climb from Mt Beauty to Falls Creek and return, a distance of around 120km on the weekend.
●A new event, the Raymond Jarratt Handicap, will be contested on Saturday, March 25 at the usual starting time of 1.30pm.
It will be over 46km, along Carramar Rd over Mt Gwynne and returning by the Back Berrigan Rd.
There is a $10 entry with all entry fees to be returned as prize money.
The race will be conducted as a group handicap, with the winner of each group getting money.
A perpetual trophy and a trophy for the winner will be awarded.
The race has been named after club legend Raymond Jarratt for his service to the club over many years.
He recently announced his retirement from the sport after a glittering career, but can still be seen riding his bike around the district at a more modest pace.
A fitness enthusiast, at one time he was riding up to 30000km/year.
●On Saturday, March 11 a 28km handicap will be held, starting in Hughes St, Barooga, and will incorporate the Back Barooga Rd. Entry is $5.
●March 18 will see a 15km time trial, with all entry money donated to the Down’s syndrome appeal.
Additional donations will be gratefully accepted.