The Bike Vault Castlemaine sponsored today's race at Harcourt with great vouchers up for grabs by the 28 brave souls who rocked up on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
Thanks to Peter Grant and all the crew at The Bike Vaultfor the sponsorship, but for those of us grinding up and down and around four laps of the hilly circuit - not so much fun. The handicapper punished himself for last week's fastest time by riding off in a fair size scratch bunch chasing three, six, ten, 15 and 25 minutes. The three minute bunch was reduced when one rider missed the start and rode (very well) off scratch, which in hindsight proved to be a blessing, otherwise Swan Hill-based Tim Phillips probably would have won by even more than he did. Tim (3 min) rode away from his own bunch in the first lap then proceeded to blitz the field. The ten minute bunch were the last to topple, caught with about five kilometers to go, and they had no more luck in getting on than the others. Tim soloed to the finish to record an impressive victory, losing just 30 seconds to scratch over the 36 kilometres. Peter Body, Steve Auld and Pam Robertson (all off ten minutes) battled on gamely to finish second, third and fourth in that order with just a sprint separating them. Ricky Lovell in fifth was the sole survivor of the six minute bunch, beating the scratch bunch home where Peter Cavallaro (scr.) finished sixth and recorded fastest time ahead of Leigh Leroy Norton (3 min), Leon Yeates (scr), Gavin Hill (3 min) and Tony Byrne (scr.).