March 2019


March 31st 2019

The Colac Vets had a field of thirteen riders for their club race.

Riders raced in reasonably strong westerly winds and copped a of shower of rain toward the end of the race.

The four scratchmen caught the second scratch trio just before the halfway mark.

The 13 minute foursome had also caught the two front markers.

Coming around the second last corner with three and a half kilometres to go the back markers saw the leaders for the first time.

In another close finish, which has seen scratch catch the leaders in the final few hundred metres in three out of the six races so far, Gavin O’Brien powered to the line to easily take the win in the tough head wind finish.

Larry Nocera was second with Heather Hamling putting in a good finish for third place.

There will be no club race this week with the Eureka club holding their open race.

Result: 49Km Club Race



1 Gavin O’Brien          1st & Fastest Time

2 Larry Nocera             2nd

3 Nick Brown                  4th

4 David Coventry           8th  


3 Minutes

5 Heather Hamling       3rd  

6 Ralph Iselt                  5th

7 Steve Hamling             7th  


13 Minutes

8 Bruce Roberts               6th

9 Gary Legg                     9th

10 Gerard Hickey             10th  

11 Paul Allen


22 Minutes

12 Terry Robinson

13 Des Read








March 24th

The Colac Vets had a field of nineteen riders for their monthly medal.

The six bunch field competed over another new course finishing over the Alvie hill and down the other side with the finish line at the Alvie football ground.

The second scratch riders were split to form two bunches of four riders each.

The first four riders, which was now third scratch, caught the three riders off the 13 minute mark with 15km to go and then caught the three riders from the 17 minute mark with 10Km to go.

Heading up Lineen’s hill with 6Km to go the two front markers were caught.

Going up Alvie hill the second scratch foursome were closing in.

But the third scratch riders just had enough to spare with David Coventry claiming his second monthly medal ahead of Heather Hamling and Ralph Iselt.

Larry Nocera led the second scratch riders in and missed winning by five lengths.

The scratch trio came in just over two minutes behind the winner with Tony Luppino taking fastest time over co-markers Gavin O’Brien and Grant Oates.

Result: 51Km Monthly Medal



1 Tony Luppino             Fastest Time                     

2 Gavin O’Brien        

3 Grant Oates


6 Minutes  

4 Larry Nocera                 4th

5 Nick Brown                   5th

6 Damian Luppino           8th  

7 Arno van der Schans     9th  


8 Minutes

8 David Coventry             1st

9 Heather Hamling         2nd

10 Ralph Iselt                   3rd

11 Steve Hamling             7th  


13 Minutes

12 Chris Kane                    6th

13 John Lee                       10th  

14 Peter Theodore


17 Minutes

15 Gerard Hickey

16 Gary Legg

17 Paul Allen


23 Minutes

18 Terry Robinson

19 Peter Neal






March 17th 

The Colac Vets had a field of seventeen riders competing in perfect sunny conditions for their club race.

The four bunch field set out from Beeac through Warrion, Alvie and past Cororooke then back over the Alvie hill and returning back the same way.

With six kilometres to go the two front bunches had combined as well as the two back bunches.

With three kilometres remaining the race turned out to be a battle between the front half of the field and the back half with either group set to prevail.

In a close finish the back markers won out by catching the leaders in the final few hundred metres.

Tony Luppino claimed his second win for the year over co-markers Gavin O’Brien, Larry Nocera and Andrew Pownceby.

This week racing will resume at a 9.30 am start.

Result: 46Km Club Race



1 Tony Luppino         1st & Fastest Time                     

2 Gavin O’Brien         2nd

3 Larry Nocera           3rd

4 Andrew Pownceby     4th


4 Minutes 30 Seconds  

5 Heather Hamling     5th

6 Arno van der Schans   6th

7 David Coventry         8th  

8 Damian Luppino         9th

9 Glenn Paton


11 Minutes 30 Seconds

10 Chris Kane                 7th

11 Bruce Roberts             10th  

12 Peter Theodore

13 Gerard Hickey

14 Gary Legg


20 Minutes 30 Seconds

15 Peter Neal                

16 Terry Robinson      

17 Murray Matthews







March 11th 2019

The Colac Vets had a field of fifteen riders for their club race which was held on the Monday of the long weekend.

It was decided to run scratch races split into four grades.

In A Grade Tony Luppino and Gavin O’Brien broke away going up Lineen’s hill the second time over the two lap course with Luppino taking the win.

In B Grade the riders stayed together until the end with David Coventry winning the sprint for first.

In C Grade the riders also remained together with Glenn Paton taking the win.

In D Grade Gary Legg finished ahead of Bruce Roberts to take the win.

This week racing will start at Beeac with a 9am start on Sunday.

Result: A Grade 46Km Scratch Race


Tony Luppino           1st       

Gavin O’Brien          2nd   

Larry Nocera             3rd

Damian Luppino       4th  


Result: B Grade 46Km Scratch Race

David Coventry         1st  

Heather Hamling         2nd

Arno van der Schans   3rd  

Steve Hamling             4th


Result: C Grade 46Km Scratch Race

Glenn Paton                1st

Chris Kane                  2nd

Rebecca Luppino       3rd  

Gerard Hickey           4th  


Result D Grade 40Km Scratch Race

Gary Legg                  1st  

Bruce Roberts             2nd

Terry Robinson         3rd