The vets were welcomed into 2018 by a glorious morning and a bumper field for the Bicycle Centre Bendigo-sponsored 36Km handicap over the Woodstock hotdog circuit.
The only dampener (no pun intended) on the day was a lack of water due to the dry spell out that way which had run the hall tanks dry. Luckily some local members of the Woodstock Hall Committee came to the rescue with a Furphy full of a water, saving the day just when the men's toilet was reaching critical mass. Three scratch riders, including returning legend John McCague, managed to chase down a monster second scratch bunch after just 15 kilometers and set after the rest of the field. Race sponsor Brad Steigenberger ripped the legs off the seven minute bunch in pursuit of the fast-moving 10 minute group, while the 16s caught the 19s at Power's Road on the way to Maryborough Road. The 10s caught the 16/19s near the turnaround and hit the front in the final few kilometers with new rider Jo Lythgo doing a power of work, but it was all in vain as scratch carved through the field to take the lead with a just a kilometer to go. John McCague led out Brent Gibson for the win and fastest time of 50 min 50 sec, followed home by Trevor Shand (scr.), Brad Geyer (1 1/2 min and in his first race), Chris Draper (4 min), Shane Standfield (4 min), Darren McKellar (1 1/2 min), Robert Gibson 7 min), Jo Lythgo (10 min), David Hare (10 min) and Ken Lacey (16 min).