Feb 2019

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 Minutes  

2 Larry Nocera             6th

3 Heather Hamling     7th

4 Nick Brown              8th

5 David Coventry        9th    


14 Minutes

6 Damian Luppino     1st

7 Chris Kane               2nd           

8 Gerard Hickey         3rd


22 Minutes

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 Minutes  

4 Ralph Iselt                3rd

5 Larry Nocera             4th

6 Heather Hamling     5th

7 Steve Hamling           7th

8 Damian Luppino      


13 Minutes

9 Chris Kane                6th           

10 Gary Legg                 9th

11 Rebecca Luppino

12 Gerard Hickey


25 Minutes

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      


5 Minutes  

4 Larry Nocera            5th

5 Ralph Iselt                6th

6 Heather Hamling     7th

7 Steve Hamling           8th

8 Damian Luppino       9th


13 Minutes

9 Glenn Paton            1st

10 Gerard Hickey       2nd

11 Chris Kane               4th           

12 Gary Legg

13 Paul Allen


22 Minutes

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

Ralph Iselt

Heather Hamling

Dave Coventry

Steve Hamling

Chris Kane


Result: C Grade 46Km Scratch Race

Bruce Roberts             1st

Glen Paton                  2nd

Len Murfitt                3rd  

Other riders in order

Gary Legg

Rebecca Luppino

Gerard Hickey


Result D Grade 37Km Scratch Race

Murray Matthews       1st  

Peter Neal                   2nd

Terry Robinson         3rd

Des Read                     4th