Murray had a few people say to him he had laughed in the face of the gods with his comments last week on a wind-free Woodstock, and so it came to pass that howling gales were visited on the 38 Vets who rolled up to Laanecoorie for a five lap kermesse of the 8.2 km circuit.
Brad Geyer made his scratch-bunch debut while try riders Stuart Laing and Matt O'Toole tested the waters, with all three acquitting themselves admirably. In a reversal of normal practice, the middle and limit markers seemed to handle the wind better than the back markers as scratch, second and third all lost riders in the first three laps. The nine, 12 and 15 minute bunches ground it out, but the outmarkers refused to give an inch. They were only overhauled on the last lap and, with the back three bunches nowhere in sight, a sizeable group lined up for the sprint into a stiff head wind. Unsurprisingly the strong men of the bunch came to the fore, Rob Gibson (12 min) winning from Ray Colwell (15 min), Shane Delavedova (12 min), Gary Leech (15 min), Greg Chapman (12 min), Tom de Vries (15 min), Peter Ladd (12 min), Brett Williams (9 min), John Weir (9 min), and Mick Lavery (9 min). Both try riders finished in the top ten but were ineligible for prize money. Brent Gibson recorded fastest time of 63 min 40 sec, finishing a couple of minutes behind the winners.