February 24th 2019
The Colac Vets had just eleven riders for their monthly medal.
Riders were split into four bunches and competed over one of two new courses the club has implemented for the monthly medals this year.
Riders headed from Cororooke through Warrion and Beeac before returning via Cundare on the Lake Corangamite Road back through Dreeite and Alvie and finishing in Bayne’s Road along the Lake Corangamite foreshore.
Damian Luppino was moved out to help strengthen the middle markers and made an impact by taking his two co markers with him to hit the lead at the halfway mark.
Damian Luppino in his fifth year with the Colac Vets claimed his first monthly medal ahead of Chris Kane and Gerard Hickey.
Larry Nocera led the second scratch foursome in just over three minutes later.
Tony Luppino put in a good solo ride off scratch chasing a two minute gap to four riders and saved fastest time by 37 seconds.
This week racing will resume at a 9.30 am start.
Result: 54Km Monthly Medal
1 Tony Luppino 10th & Fastest Time
2 Larry Nocera 6th
3 Heather Hamling 7th
4 Nick Brown 8th
5 David Coventry 9th
6 Damian Luppino 1st
7 Chris Kane 2nd
8 Gerard Hickey 3rd
9 Peter Neal 4th
10 Terry Robinson 5th
11 Murray Matthews
February 17th 2019
The Colac Vets had thirteen riders for their club race.
Riders raced in perfect conditions with virtually no wind over a three and a half lap course.
Lone limit rider Terry Robinson was caught by the 13-minute foursome on the third lap.
This group held a slender over the second scratch foursome starting the last half lap with 8Km to go.
Second scratch also had the same lead on the three scratchmen.
In a very close finish, the scratchmen caught second scratch just before the last left hand turn with 1.4Km to go.
Scratchmen Simon Redford led out for the sprint to help catch the leaders with just 300 metres remaining.
Tony Luppino then took control and surged to take the win and fastest time.
Workhorse Gavin O’Brien was hot on his wheel and put in a good ride considering it was his third race in the space of 40 hours, having raced Friday night, then the Veteran Camperdown to Warrnambool race on the Saturday and then Sunday’s club race.
Ralph Iselt followed in for third place.
Six Colac riders competed in the Veteran Camperdown to Warrnambool race on Saturday with Gerard Hickey being the best placed Colac rider coming in sixteenth place in the 109-rider field riding off the 19-minute mark.
Result: 49Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino 1st & Fastest Time
2 Gavin O’Brien 2nd
3 Simon Redford 8th
4 Ralph Iselt 3rd
5 Larry Nocera 4th
6 Heather Hamling 5th
7 Steve Hamling 7th
8 Damian Luppino
9 Chris Kane 6th
10 Gary Legg 9th
11 Rebecca Luppino
12 Gerard Hickey
13 Terry Robinson 10th
February 10th 2019
The Colac Vets had sixteen riders for their club race.
After the hot conditions the district has had over the last few weeks, riders this week raced in cooler conditions with reasonably strong winds.
The field was split into four groups.
New rider Glenn Paton has started his first year with the Colac Vets in fine style after having finished second in last weeks C Grade scratch race, went one better this week with a win in the club’s first handicap race for the year.
He beat home Gerard Hickey, Peter Neal and Chris Kane.
Larry Nocera led in the five second scratch riders not long after.
The scratch trio came in just under two minutes behind the winner with Tony Luppino taking fastest time over Grant Oates and Gavin O’Brien.
Result: 46Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino Fastest Time
2 Grant Oates
3 Gavin O’Brien
4 Larry Nocera 5th
5 Ralph Iselt 6th
6 Heather Hamling 7th
7 Steve Hamling 8th
8 Damian Luppino 9th
9 Glenn Paton 1st
10 Gerard Hickey 2nd
11 Chris Kane 4th
12 Gary Legg
13 Paul Allen
14 Peter Neal 3rd
15 Terry Robinson
16 Murray Matthews
February 3rd 2019
The Colac Vets had a field of twenty-two riders for their first race of the year.
Riders competed in graded scratch races in very warm conditions with little wind.
Result: A Grade 46Km Scratch Race
Gavin O’Brien 1st
Andrew Pownceby 2nd
Simon Redford 3rd
Tony Luppino 4th
Result: B Grade 46Km Scratch Race
Damian Luppino 1st
Larry Nocera 2nd
Nick Brown 3rd
Other riders in order
Result: C Grade 46Km Scratch Race
Bruce Roberts 1st
Glen Paton 2nd
Len Murfitt 3rd
Other riders in order
Result D Grade 37Km Scratch Race
Murray Matthews 1st
Peter Neal 2nd
Terry Robinson 3rd
Des Read 4th