The Richard McIntosh Trophy was on the line today around the 56 km Bagshot circuit which many vets reckon is the best course we race.
The weather turned out to be perfect after a couple of wet days, making it tough for lone scratch rider Peter Casey chasing a gap of two minutes to a strong second scratch bunch then bigger gaps out to the 40 minute limit markers. The first half is relatively flat and no bunches came together until the 35 km mark when the 10s caught the 14s. Back behind them, Peter hadn't made contact with second scratch, and when they overhauled third scratch just before the rolling Kamarooka hills, his fate was sealed. The 10s/14s hit the front of the race a good 10 km out, but couldn't withstand the 2s/7s who finally overhauled them in the last kilometre after powering through the hills. The sprint was interrupted by an oncoming car which left Brent Gibson on the front a fair way out, and Paul Dynon (2 min) timed his sprint perfectly to take the win from Brent Gibson (2 min), Hudson Crothers (2 min), Russell Gilbey (2 min) and Mathew Grealy (2 min). They were followed home by Andrew Berry (10 min), Murray Rankin (10 min), Dale Lowe (7 min) and Brett Williams (10 min). Peter Casey came tenth and recorded fastest time.