Back at Newbridge today, this time for the Vet's 39 Km handicap with a nasty south-westerly wind providing a bit of assistance to Bridgewater but proving the very devil on the way back to Llanelly.
Apart from the four in scratch, all 27 riders had one thought in mind - if we can get to Llanelly before we're caught we've got a show. The writing was on the wall for block when they could see scratch in the rear view just through Bridgewater but they fought on and gathered in the six minute bunch after 25 km, a few minutes before all hell broke loose when scratch joined the party. After the dust settled there were only half a dozen in pursuit of the leading groups, which were all duly gathered up before the left turn onto the highway at Llanelly. The three remaining scratch riders shrugged off any gallant attempts to hang on and sailed down to the finish line well clear of the rest where Brent Gibson (scr.) proved too strong for Chris Landvogt (scr.) and Andy Andrew Bos (scr.) to take the win and fastest time. Next across the line was try rider Michael Piotrowski, unfortunately not eligible for prize money despite his great ride, so fourth went to Murray Rankin (3 min). Not long after came Di Jane (16 min), David Hare (11 min), Ken Lacey (16 min), Kim Thomas (18 min), Wendy Bennett (11 min) and Karyn Mackenzie (16 min). The Washateria Award for the best endeavours went to Darren McKellar.