The fifth stage of the McDonald’s Super Time Trial series was held on Saturday.
Sixteen riders competed, all hoping to get a slice of the lucrative prizemoney on offer, which will be paid out after the sixth stage.
On a new 20.2km course and with an assisting wind, some excellent times were recorded.
Travis Lindhe was fastest in a course record time of 25.59 minutes, at a phenomenal average speed of 46.6km/h, but on adjusted time the winner on the day was Finley rider Sharyn White.
White recorded 35.38minutes (19.36) in her first ride with the club for some time. Along with her husband Charlie and their children, she had a busy summer competing in triathlons.
Charlie recorded the third-fastest time of 28.12minutes (23.50) to be just two seconds behind Shepparton junior Nick Torney, who led the series before this stage.
Even though Torney recorded his highest ever average speed, he finished well down the order in 12th place with a time of 28.10minutes (25.53).
Former triathlete Gary Smith was second, recording a time of 29.07minutes (22.09), and appears to be getting back to his best form for some time.
Yarrawonga’s Neville Wilks was third in 33.35minutes (22.55).
Numurkah’s Dermot Nichols was fourth in 28.32minutes (22.58), followed by Rod Armstrong in 31.04minutes (23.08). Sharen Parmley returned after knee surgery to record 36.12minutes (23.14).
Only four seconds separated brothers Charlie and Heath White, with younger brother Charlie winning the family battle. Heath recorded 28.59minutes (23.54).
Others were Stephen Gemmill 34.04minutes (24.00), Terry Walmsley 28.42minutes (24.19) and Australian Masters Time Trial age group champion Myles Higgins in 29.40minutes (24.34).
Higgins achieved every cyclists’ aim — to average more than 40km/h in a time trial, an excellent effort for a man in his seventh decade.
Lindhe was next in 25.59minutes (25.32), followed by local butcher Mick Doyle in 32.33minutes (25.53), Corey Beatson in 32.01minutes (26.13) and Nick Torney’s grandfather Rene Mol, who had a time of 32.04minutes (26.57) to finish 16th.
The Wild Hogs in Lycra, a group of local cyclists riding from Perth to Cobram via Merimbula to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, have now completed 21 days and 3800km on their bikes, climbing 16400m. They have raised more than $11500 of their $20000 target.
The group started with five riders but has now been reduced to four, as local legend Raymond Jarratt has been forced to retire with a painful back injury.
They are now being ably supported by former Cobram paramedic Bob Beggs.
With two weeks to travel, the men are still in good spirits, even though they have lost their strongest rider.
Bruce Berg von Lindhe has been a revelation, as his form was unknown until this journey. An uncle of current club champion and time trial record holder Travis Lindhe, he may now join the cycling club and show his undoubtable strength.
Youngest rider Wayde Foster has shown remarkable form, and along with Gifford Crosthwaite and Bernie Gillespie has done what most thought was impossible.
The generosity shown by the general public has been overwhelming, and with still a couple of thousand kilometres to travel, hopefully a lot more can be raised.