We were out at Newbridge today for graded scratch races, welcoming back Tony Coombes after a long absence but without Hugh Weeks who is ill - hope to see you back soon.
Jim Field stepped up into the referee's role and everything ran beautifully. The handicapper split the field of 23 into four grades for the 45 km journey. The A graders opted for a quick but steady pace with a brisk wind limiting any opportunities for attacks until Brett Williams tried his luck with just over a kilometre to go. Scottie McManus worked hard to keep him in range before the inevitable happened, Jo Stolz putting down the power to outsprint Brent Gibson with Gavin Hill running third. B Grade turned out to be a reasonably sedate affair with a slightly reduced bunch lining up for the sprint. Paul Dynon proved to be too good, taking Chris Draper to the line ahead of Echuca visitor Gary Needs who ran third. C Grade was a much more animated affair. Cheryle Barker went off the front in the first lap and was left dangling for a good twenty minutes and as soon as she was reeled in Tony Coombes tried his hand, but to no avail. Coming into the final kilometer first Carl Louchard and then Tom de Vries had a dig, but both pulled up short, and Cheryle capped off a fine ride to win from the ever-reliable Pam Robertson and come-back kid Tony Coombes. The small field in D Grade limited any chance of attack, and the three starters lined up for the sprint together, which was won by Di Jane from Susan Jennings with Steven Bright rounding out the placings.