The fifty-three riders ,including three from the Northern Club, knew
that the Peter Baker & Associates 52km. Handicap at Newbridge, would
take them back to the hills. The course headed South through Tarnagulla
and Nuggetty Gully, straight into a blustery head wind, and hitting the
hills about two kilometres from the start, with numerous climbs before
reaching the 25 kilometre mark at Dunolly, swinging East on the
Eddington Road, then back North to Laanecoorie, and straight through to
finish at Newbridge.
The fifty-three riders who had entered the Stewart's Accounting 48Km. Handicap, at Laanecoorie, were looking forward to a basically flat course, after a number of weeks on the hills. However the suddenly overcast skies, and the bitterly cold wind, had most riders donning extra clothes.
The Nanga Gnulle 52km. Handicap, at Emu Creek, was always going to test the heart and legs of the thirty-six riders. It was a cold, wet, and windy day, with temperatures dropping to eight degrees.
The forty-three riders entered in "The Great Ideas Awards & Gifts", 59Km Handicap at Newbridge, were thankful for the sunny day, but doubtful of the cold, blustery wind. It was, virtually, an out and back course, with the riders heading due west from Woodstock, through Llanelly, up the centre road towards Rheola, swinging south to Murphy's Creek, then heading home through Tarnagulla, and Newbridge, then the final thirteen kilometres to finish at Woodstock.