Sport

Final summer cycle handicap a hard-fought battle cycling

COL Walters led a tight group over the line to take the major points in the final summer handicap for 2012.

Twenty-six starters and an enthusiastic band of supporters and volunteers braved the sultry conditions at Trenayr on Saturday.

Warren Amos and Kev Brindle offered free advice to every rider on the course, with cyclists reporting that it was worth every cent paid.

David Brown and Cam White witnessed the large bunches responding to the pressures being applied by the scratch-markers, and were appropriately sympathetic to the many casualties.

Greg Coombes, as always in front of the pack, was developing a valuable record of the event, unless anyone should forget the painful bits, while Simon King managed to wish each group well at the despatch hatch.

After the previous week when the back-markers cut down all before them, the starting marks had been adjusted by handicapper Wilkes and everyone felt like this was their race.

David Rowe, with a 12 minute lead from scratch, led at all three turns, only to be cut down virtually in sight of the finish line.

The four-and-a-half minute group containing Kelsey Wilkes, Anita Salvestro, Narelle and Mal Tilse, Andrew Terrey, Tony Banks and Stuart McPherson, started like winners. However, several of them could not match the pace set by the Walters bunch when the groups came together.

One minute back, Col Walters, Glenn McPhillips, Jon Ingram, Dion Poy and Rob Danaher, had their collective heart in the event. It was this positive and committed thinking which carried the group up to the Tilse bunch.

Once the Walters and Tilse bunches merged there were enough workers to carry the group for a final fling at the line.

The nine minute bunch, starting three minutes ahead of the back-markers, was always going to be a handful for the scratch bunch, especially with the power of John Harrison, Adam Sydenham and Dallas Parker pushing hard.

But this group could not catch the winner's group.

Finally, 12 minutes after David Rowe, the scratch bunch of Aaron Watts, Tony Brindle, Dion Wilkes, Jye Reardon, Garry Reardon, Paul O 'Connor, Matt White, and Mark Hackett set off in pursuit of the record, fastest time, and mystery prize for the race winner.

On the line it was Col Walters first, Glen McPhillips second, Mal Tilse third, Anita Salvestro fourth, Andrew Terrey, Kelsey Wilkes, Dallas Parker, Adam Sydenham, Nigel Blake and Narelle Tilse.

Fastest time, at about 18 seconds outside the record, was Aaron Watts, followed home by Matt White.

Topics:  cycling



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