All grades started together in a grid-style mass start, with A grade at the front, B grade in the middle, and C grade at the rear. This gave riders from the lower grades the chance to step up to riding with faster groups without impacting their overall result.
A fast start by A grade resulted in the field breaking up immediately, with a number of B & C grade riders missing the lead group as it took off. This resulted in a number of small groups forming on the road, with the notable exception of Dene Bourke who rode virtually the whole race solo in an unusual bid to improve his TT form.
Dave Munday led A grade at the turn with Holly in hot pursuit closely followed by an elite quartet notable for including B grade rider Tom Simmonds amongst their number, making him the leading B grade rider at the turn. Next to the halfway mark were Pat & Swanny who were working well as a pair, with the trio of Phil, Clint & Lachie a further 30 seconds back.
Holly joined forces with the the lead chase group after the turn, but despite snapping at his heels on a lightning fast return leg, Dave Munday held on to record an outstanding A grade win. A bunch sprint amongst the chasing group saw John Scott-Hamilton lead them home for 2nd place, with the ride of the day coming from Tom Simmonds taking 3rd overall on the day and the B grade win. Pete Harris & Jason Simmonds punctuated the sprint with Pete taking the honours to round out the A grade podium.
Pat Ferris was the next rider home riding to take B grade second place with riding compadre Swanny close behind. They were chased all the way by the 3 musketeers, with Phil Thomas out sprinting Clint Bourke & Lachie McPhie to secure the B grade 3rd spot.
Paul Whitford solo’d home just sneaking in under the hour mark to record an excellent win in C grade. Jo was the next C grade rider home, also riding in solo to take 2nd place, with Andrew May holding off Jacqui and Derek for 3rd spot.
See you next week for RROTY round 6 on the challenging 40km Boorolong course!
|RIDER||GRADE||PLACE||15K TURN||FINISH TIME||AVG KPH||KM|
|MUNDAY Dave||A||01||0:27:30||0:48:12 FT||37.84||30.4|