Fastest time of 46:03 went to the scratch trio of Mick Horse, John Scott-Lamington, and Brent Best Western.
Dangarsleigh road – where the wind is always from the wrong direction, was the venue for the years first road race. At this time of year the handicap is always difficult as not everybody has been braving the early criteriums and some of us are still carrying a little too much christmas.
Ayllie Allen made excellent use of her time (handicap and bicycle), dropping the starting group she was with and was never caught, bringing in a well ridden victory, with Carolyn Lupton and Jackie Weston chasing hard behind but never managing the catch. All of this despite the best efforts of Bob Murison, the meat hammer on a mission who sloughed off his group one by one like a snake shedding it’s skin, only to be caught by a hard charging Peter Wilkinson. Wilko tore through Murisons stragglers one by one until he finally caught Bob, only to be outsprinted at the end. The favourable handicap given to C grade proved for nought as Bob’s exhortations to “put it in the big ring GO GO GO” proved too much even for Dene Bourke. Brilliant tactically though and it nearly payed off, as did a solid ride from Sam Jenner.
The faster B level riders rode smartly, keeping a well organised bunch rolling and picking up riders like Chicka Russell, who they dragged to the finish through the rest of a tiring field, Dave Rubie and Dewald Burger briefly joining this group only to be dropped as they powered toward the finish line.
The A riders decided it was opposite day and rode together, swapping turns and playing on each others strengths to stay together for the whole race, resulting in a stunning overall time.
Nick Myhill was the surprise of the day, not only showing up on time and laying out the signs, but doting on children and still managing a quick run for fast food during the race, only to be rudely interrupted mid-meal by Ayllie. Next time Ayllie, wait at the top of the last hill until Nick has finished!