It was a hard day at Maryborough for the running of Ross McDonald's Junction Motel 50 Km handicap, with unseasonable heat and a strong northerly adding up to extra pain for the 31 riders who tackled the tough course.
Most bunches - except for the 15 minute bunch - lost riders during the first 20 km slog into a headwind and this proved to be the difference. The 15s rounded up the 20s at Mt. Hooghly by which time only Andrea Wilson was ahead and she succumbed a few kilometers later after a brave solo ride. Behind them, scratch caught second after 30 kilometres and then gathered up the remnants of third and fourth scratch before Timor. The 15s plus Wendy Bennett hit the bottom of the last climb with a big gap. Cheryle Barker (15 min) rolled the dice and took off to record an outstanding solo victory, well clear of Tom de Vries (15 min) who pipped Nicky Rose (15 min), Wendy Bennett (20 min) and Steve Auld (15 min) in the sprint for minor placings. Despite being held up by a mob of sheep (numbered in the hundreds according to eyewitnesses) crossing the road at Timor, Martin Banfield led the scratch bunch home just 40 seconds later to take 6th place and record fastest time of 1 hr 15 min 57 sec at 39. 6 km/hr. Hudson Crothers (scr.), Brent Gibson (scr.), David Cripps (7 min) and Murray Rankin(3 1/2) rounded out the top ten.