Saturday’s 28km handicap was conducted on Back Barooga Rd in preference to the usual Mulwala Rd circuit, due to the increased volume of traffic in the area.
Junior rider Liam Smith rode from the limit mark of 22.30 minutes, followed on 18.30 by Nathalia’s Josh Woods.
Rene Mol, Mark Ross and Finley junior Ethan McLeod rode from 7.30 mins.
Stephen Hargreaves, Rod Armstrong and Yarrawonga rider Murray Crawford were off 5 mins, while the scratch bunch had six riders, including Nick Torney, Heath White, Christian McDonald and visiting riders Dean Gale from Sydney, Julian Spiller and the ‘pocket rocket’ Byron Woods from Nathalia.
Josh caught Smith at the 9km mark and was showing great form until caught by the backmarkers on the return journey on Back Barooga Rd.
Heath White could not match the pace of his bunch and was dislodged early in the race, with Nick Torney also dropping off at the halfway point.
The headwind was making riding difficult and scratch were travelling very well.
With 1.5km to travel, the scratch markers caught the 5 min bunch and only Murray Crawford was able to match the pace, finishing a great third with a time of 45.57.
Byron Woods, 16, won the sprint for first place with the excellent time of 39.26, beating Gale by a very narrow margin.
Woods has shown remarkable improvement since starting racing a few years ago, finishing the Mt Baw Baw race of 104km recently.
He punctured during the race but continued on in light snow to complete one of the toughest races in Australia.
He is a real sports enthusiast, playing football on Good Friday and then fronting up for cycle racing the following day.
With the dedication and determination he shows he could go a long way in the sport.
Nick Torney was disappointed with his effort, but he still finished in the very good time of 43.36, as he rode solo for the last 14km.
Travis Lindhe, Anthony Crawford, Sam Ward and Andrew Doyle also attended but opted for a teams time trial practice run instead.
They are competing at the Masters Teams Time Trial at Bendigo next weekend and hoping for results similar to last year, when the Cobram Barooga club was successful.
●The Hume Veterans are conducting a race at Yarrawonga next Sunday, and to encourage riders they are offering a come and try day.
So any local riders who are interested it is an opportunity to have an additional race for the weekend.
Contact Travis at Artavillas if you are interested.
●A 28km handicap will be run on Saturday, April 22, beginning at the MON factory in Hughes St, Barooga at 1.30pm, with $5 entry.