Stop, collaborate and listen! Ice Cold Billy Mara wins the first properly chilly race of the year from Mark “Haydo” Haydon and Chicka Russell, while Harrison “H” Munday gets a C minus for his facebooker report.
Dangarlseigh 40km Handicap 26th May 2012
|Name||Start Time||Place||Finish Time||Race Time|
|Bill Mara||9m 30s||1||80m 55s||71m 25s|
|Mark Haydon||9m 30s||2||81m 15s||71m 45s|
|Charles Russell||GO||3||81m 30s||81m 30s|
|Harrison Munday||19m||4||82m 00s||63m 00s|
|Dave Rugendyke||15m 30s||5||82m 00s||66m 30s|
|Andrew Swan||19m||6||82m 00s||63m 00s|
|Greg Manttan||19m||7||82m 00s||63m 00s|
|Peter Creagan||9m 30s||8||82m 00s||72m 30s|
|Mick Hoult||19m||9||82m 40s||63m 40s|
|Roger Munday||13m||10||83m 00s||70m 00s|
|Phil Thomas||13m||11||83m 30s||70m 30s|
|Jo Waugh||GO||12||84m 13s||84m 13s|
|Holly Harris||9m 30s||13||85m 10s||75m 40s|
|Adam Bourke||9m 30s||14||85m 10s||75m 40s|
|Bob Murison||9m 30s||15||85m 10s||75m 40s|
|Wilfried Keller||9m 30s||16||85m 10s||75m 40s|
|Dave Rubie||GO||17||87m 10s||87m 10s|
|Rob Tindale||15m 30s||18||87m 10s||71m 40s|
|Peter Hosking||13m||19||87m 10s||74m 10s|
|Dene Bourke||13m||20||87m 10s||74m 10s|
|Sophie Wallace||9m 30s||21||87m 10s||77m 40s|
|Pat McMillan||15m 30s||DNF||*||*|
|Andrew Kirk||15m 30s||Mech||*||*|
“H.Stubbles” submits the following on the facebooker twittery thing:
Blue sky and sun shining, a great afternoon to ride your bike out Dangarsleigh road right??…………Wrong! it turns out that what looks like a nice day sitting inside in front of the fire with a coffee and warm blanket turns out that there is a continuos, freezing head wind.
Only the tougher riders showed and despite the head winds it was going to be fast with the scratch group containing The Gregatron (Greg Manttan), Swanny, ‘Iron’ Mick Hoult and H!
Groups of Riders up the road from the scratch group, such as Holly Harris and Adam ‘little’ Bourky set the pace for the others to follow and try to hang on.
Back up the road the scratch group was coming and coming at pace as well! many were caught and with the extra 10km of hills there was bound to be more.
H Munday was loving the hills and set a serious speed for the other scratch boys to keep up with.
And by the top of knobs hill all but three were caught and it was race time. Gregatron-Greg put in a mean attack with 1km to go but H didn’t let him get far, the race ended with a sprint between Greg Manttan, Mick Hoult, Andrew Swan, Dave Rugendyke and Harrison Munday for fastest time as well as 4th place as the first three crossed the line with out been caught.
The sprint was really FAST with Harrison claiming fastest time again and fourth place getting 2 or 3 bike length on Dave R putting dave in 5th Swanny 6th and Greg and Houlty not to fair behind in the sprint.
well done to all and thanks to everyone that raced on such a windy and cold, but fun day
To which my old English teacher would have responded:
The enthusiasm is obvious but the piece clearly lacks focus - the winner and place getters barely rate a mention and nobody cares who came fourth.
Not to mention the completely missing mystery arrival of Andrew “Kirkie” Kirk on somebody else bike while we puzzled how his own bike ended up back at the start with a broken rear derailleur and a massive skidmark on the tyre. This mystery was explained later by Kenny McDonald, who found Kirkie on the side of the road with his broken bike, white as a sheet and with a larger than usual sag in the back of his knicks. Kirkie had apparently put the derailleur into the back wheel, locking it up and was lucky to keep it upright.
Swannie also tells a somewhat different story of the A grade bunch, he apparently spent the whole race asking them to speed up.
Ice Cold Billy Mara put on a terrific show, largely unobserved as he broke away from Peter “Captain” Creagan and Mark “Haydo” Haydon. His impressive turn of speed on the climb back up from the second bridge was extremely impressive as he hunted the broken Go group down rider by rider. The Captain gave a valiant chase but was ultimately no match for Billy. Chicka placed extremely well given his two Go companions were of no use to him, unable to return favours from the previous race. Billy remarked on the finish line “I feel so good I could do it again” although 30 seconds later he started shivering and disappeared, his 2% body fat is great for climbing but no good for keeping warm.
Billy is apparently considering replicating this tattoo, which is something I can only encourage: