Cyclonic cross winds greeted riders for the 'all in' scratch race on Middle Arm Road for the opening race of the winter season. After consulting the riders and taking the weather conditions into account, Commissaire Phil Bush shortened the race to 20kms.
At the starting line, the word throughout the peloton was to maintain a steady pace sharing the work at the front to protect riders in the cross wind.
About a kilometre into the race a group of three B Grade riders, Wayne Bensley, Jeremy Gilchrist and Angus Taylor, had other ideas and formed a breakaway. The rest of the peloton ended up strung out over the course with little hope of bridging the gap.
Gilchrist used the hills on the return journey to his advantage and opened up a 30-second lead over the chasing Taylor and Bensley. Gilchrist managed to maintain his lead taking out line honours while Bensley outsprinted Taylor for second place.
A big thank you goes to the volunteers - Phil Bush, Vince Dove, Anthony Field, Peter Lucas and Peter Jackson.
Next Saturday there will be no local racing as club members will be travelling up the Hume to Mittagong for the third round of the Southern Interclub Series.
20km Scratch Race, Middle Arm Road
- Jeremy Gilchrist 33:46 35.5km/hr
- Wayne Bensley 34:24 34.9km/hr
- Angus Taylor 34:34 34.7km/hr
- Ian Wardale 36:17 33.0km/hr
- Chris Berry 36:56 32.5km/hr
- Glen Apps 39:07 30.7km/hr
- Josh Daniel 39:15 30.6km/hr
- Joe Chalker 40:52 29.4km/hr
- Wayne Skillman 45:11 26.6km/hr
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