Riders struggled through some tough, windy conditions for the opening round of the 2019 Interclub Series.
Hosted by Goulburn on the Old Hume Highway, riders started from the Gunning end of the course.
The event is a handicap with groups of riders staring at different intervals - the slower riders set off first while the faster, stronger riders try and chase them down.
Starting from just outside Gunning the riders descended to Fish River before the steady climb to the rail bridge and wind turbines the at the summit of the Cullerin Range.
A short descent to Poplar Straight and through the village of Breadalbane to the turnaround point.
A gale force westerly would assist the riders to the turnaround in almost record time but the return journey was directly into a headwind and would hamper the progress of all riders.
In Division 2 a group of three limit riders comprising of Warren Downes (Camden), Chris Berry (Goulburn) and Ian Thebridge (Camden) broke away on the climb up the Cullerin Range.
The two Camden riders opened up a gap just before the rail bridge leaving Goulburn's Chris Berry in no man's land.
Ian Thebridge rode strongly along Poplar Straight and opened up a gap over team mate Warren Downes as they passed through Breadalbane village.
Once through the turn all three leading riders were riding solo into a solid headwind. Chris Berry caught Warren Downes at the end of Poplar Straight but Ian Thebridge held a two minute lead over the return climb of the Cullerin.
Ian Thebridge continued to ride strongly on the fast descent back to Fish River and the final climb to the finish line. He maintained his lead taking out line honours well ahead of the chasing riders.
The chasing riders managed to catch Chris Berry and Warren Downes within three kilometres of the finish but by this stage they were all racing for second place.
Not being a renowned climber, Chris Berry attacked the large peloton on the own hill sections and lead the group onto the climb out of Fish River. The peloton slowly got itself organised surging past Chris Berry up the final climb.
The Camden riders were the best organise on the sprint to the finish line with Matt Playford, Daniel Pomering and Dave Hunt taking out the minor placings with Lou Palermo (Illawarra) in fifth place.
Daniel Pomering (Camden) took out the fastest time from Lou Palermo (Illawarra) and Glen Apps (Goulburn).
In Division One, Goulburn's Jacob Emmerton lead the scratch markers needing to make up nine minutes on their limit group.
The handicapper was spot on with the marks in this Division as virtually the entire peloton came together on the final climb out of Fish River.
Goulburn's Robbie Dorsett and Jason McLaughlin did a mountain of work to keep the tempo high up the climb and to In the sprint to the finish line it was Jacob Emmerton that proved too strong making it back to back wins in this race.
Kent Carpenter (Jindabyne) finished second followed by Scott Butler (Illawarra), Rhys Clark (Camden) and David Ward (Camden)
Jacob Emmerton took out the fastest time with Rhys Clark second and Scott Butler third.
A big thanks to the small army of volunteers that assisted on the day. Without traffic controllers, commissaires, lead/follow cars, judges these type of events don't happen.
The next Interclub round is scheduled for 16 June 2019 at Illawarra.
No local racing next week as the Club hosts the Goulburn Junior Two Day Tour at Breadalbane and Gunning.
Goulburn Interclub 47km Handicap, Gunning
- Ian Thebridge (Camden) 1:26:00
- Matt Playford (Camden) 1:28:44
- Daniel Pomering (Camden) 1:28:47
- Dave Hunt (Camden) 1:28:47
- Lou Palermo (Illawarra) 1:28:47
First Goulburn Lady to Finish: Shannon Apps 17th
- Daniel Pomering (Camden) 1:15:47
- Lou Palermo (Illawarra) 1:15:47
- Glen Apps (Goulburn) 1:15:47
- Jacob Emmerton (Goulburn) 1:39:52
- Kent Carpenter (Jindabyne) 1:39:52
- Scott Butler (Illawarra) 1:39:52
- Rhys Clark (Camden) 1:39:52
- David Ward (Camden 1:39:52
- Jacob Emmerton (Goulburn) 1:07:52
- Rhys Clark (Camden) 1:07:52
- Scott Butler (Illawarra) 1:09:22
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