Nemingha-Nundle for 2012 has been run and won, with a Tamworth trifecta in the 100km race, featuring Mitch Carrington in first, Joel Bartlett in second (fresh from his win at Mt Yarrowyck) and Jeremy Bartlett third. Riding off scratch Mitch also won fastest time (2h32m or thereabouts).
Armidale did well in the 40km race with Sophie Wallace getting up for the win, Karlee McMillan in second, Jo Wauch not far behind in fifth place, and Harrison Munday recording fastest time.
A good turnout of Armidale riders took the start line in the 100km race, including Wilf Keller, Peter Creagan, Mark Haydon, Billy O’Mara, Phil Thomas, Lachie McPhie, Roger Munday (whose pleas to the handicapper to ride off limit were quite righly ignored), and Dave Rugendyke. Spirits were lifted by the appearance (at last) of Rob Tindale who rode off block in a group including Dave Munday and Andrew Swan. Unfortunately, although he rode well and never gave up, his form wasn’t quite up to expectations, especially without the other half of the dynamic duo Andrew Kirk (Kirkie was lasted sighted trying to find a winner at 11.30pm on Saturday night at the Dapto Dogs in Wollongong*).
The race was set up for an exciting finish with the scratch group sweeping up the field, finally overhauling the leading riders with 10km to go. A large bunch of around 20 riders arrived at the finish to contest the sprint, and although they didn’t have the legs to feature in the placings, there were excellent rides from Armidale riders Dave and Roger Munday, Lachie McPhie, and Mark Haydon to make it to the finish with (or not far behind) this group.
Our thanks to the Tamworth club for their usual hospitality.
*This is true**