After a very heavy morning frost the weather turned into an ideal day for Saturday’s 28km handicap race.
Nine riders, divided into three bunches, entered.
Thirteen-year-old Nathalia lad Josh Woods and local law enforcement officer Wayde Foster rode from 11.30 minutes. Bernie Gillespie, Rod Armstrong and Gary Smith were sent off from the 6.30 mark, while Heath White and 16-year-old Byron Woods joined regular scratchmen Christian McDonald and Travis Lindhe on the hallowed mark.
Byron was dropped at the halfway mark and rode solo from that point, finishing well outside his best time in 44.27 min, while his brother Josh finished in 54.50.
With 8km to travel the scratchmen had swallowed up the rest of the field and sprinting prowess would now be the deciding factor.
Sprint sensation Lindhe would be favoured, but McDonald could cause an upset. That turned out to be the case as he beat Lindhe by a very small margin, both recording the same time of 39.56 mins.
Heath White did well to hang on to these two, being about 250m back in third place, posting a time of 40.15 mins.
Smith, Gillespie, Josh Woods and Byron Woods finished in that order, with Armstrong and Foster finishing well back and posting very slow times, no doubt because they had completed a 75km training ride prior to the race.
Armstrong is on a heavy training program for the upcoming triathlon season.
●The John Woodman Memorial over 135km is being conducted on Sunday, July 30.
This race covers roads between Wagga Wagga and Albury, and is divided into just four groups.
Cobram Barooga riders Travis Lindhe and Christian McDonald have entered and are hoping for good results, trying to emulate clubmate Tony Crawford who took the winner’s podium last year.
He will not compete this year to defend his title.
Lindhe may struggle as he has been on a limited training program, but McDonald seems to be at the top of his form recently and could surprise.
John Woodman was a very well credentialled cyclist who was killed on the Hume Hwy at Table Top, near Albury, in 1986, and the race is named in his honour.
This year sees the 31st staging of the highly regarded event.
Club legend Raymond Jarratt took first place in 1999 and has had many minor placings.
Now being restored to full health after a short period of retirement, he may again face the starter’s gun in this event.
●A 28km handicap event will be held at Barooga next Saturday, starting at 1.30pm. $5 entry.
The following week a 15km time trial will be held, so brush off the cobwebs from your time trial bike and come along.