Dec 17th 2017
The Colac Vets had a field of nineteen riders for their last race of the year.
The six bunch field raced with reasonably strong north easterly winds.
Limit rider Bernadette Rowbottom, even after losing co marker Des Read who was but back a bunch after his win last week, managed to put in a good solo ride to come in with nearly a couple of minutes to spare to take her second win from six starts.
The ten minute bunch rounded up the 18-minute trio and came in next.
Bruce Roberts and Gerard Hickey had a close sprint for second and third place with Roberts just edging out Hickey by the width of a tyre.
The scratch bunch had reeled in the 2-minute and 7-minute bunches and came in just over three minutes behind the winner.
Gavin O’Brien led in Nick Brown and Steve Hamling for fastest time honours.
After the race the club held their AGM where Peter Neal was nominated for and became a life member of the club.
The club will now have a break and resume racing on the 4th of February.
Result: 46Km Club Race
1 Gavin O’Brien 6th & Fastest Time
2 Nick Brown 7th
3 Steve Hamling
4 Ralph Iselt Dnf
5 Heather Hamling 9th
6 Arno van der Schans 10th
7 David Coventry
8 Damian Luppino
9 Larry Nocera 8th
10 Rebecca Luppino
11 John Lee
12 Bruce Roberts 2nd
13 Gerard Hickey 3rd
14 Peter Theodore 4th
15 Len Murfitt
16 Terry Robinson 5th
17 Peter Neal
18 Des Read
19 Bernadette Rowbottom 1st
Dec 10th 2017
The Colac Vets had their best field since May with twenty one riders competing for the monthly medal at Cororooke.
The six bunch field raced in good conditions with moderate winds.
The three limit riders had a 10 minute start on the three riders behind them and 28 minutes back to the two scratchman.
In to the second of two laps the 3 minute bunch had caught the 5 minute bunch and the 8 minute bunch had caught the 18 minute trio.
The limit trio were still out of sight and the scratchman were not in contention.
With 8Km to go the combined 3 and 5 minute group had caught the combined 8 and 18 minute group.
Heading to the finish Sue Theodore had dropped off from the limit riders.
Des Read then rode away from Bernadette Rowbottom coming over the top of Lineen’s hill and go on to take his third win for the year and his second monthly medal to go with the one he only just won back in October.
Rowbottom held on for second place.
Ralph Iselt led the remaining riders in not far behind to take third place.
The two scratchman came in a couple of minutes later with Gavin O’Brien taking fastest time over Grant Oates.
After the race the club headed back to Colac for their annual dinner where the Aggregate shield was awarded.
Gerard Hickey finished in third place with Gavin O’Brien making a late charge to finish in second place.
But having only missed one race and finishing in the placings for points 23 times out of the 32 races, Heather Hamling finished a clear winner by 18 points to pick up her second aggregate having last won it back in 2006.
This week will be the clubs final race for the year.
Result: 47Km Monthly Medal
1 Gavin O’Brien Fastest Time
2 Grant Oates
3 Ralph Iselt 3rd
4 Arno van der Schans 4th
5 Heather Hamling 5th
6 Steve Hamling 7th
7 Matt Simmonds
8 Rebecca Luppino 6th
9 Larry Nocera 9th
10 Mark Purdie
11 John Lee
12 Gerard Hickey 8th
13 Peter Theodore 10th
14 Len Murfitt
15 Noel Symons
16 Terry Robinson
17 Jeremy Tatchell
18 Peter Neal
19 Des Read 1st
20 Bernadette Rowbottom 2nd
21 Sue Theodore
Dec 3rd 2017
The Colac Vets had a field of eighteen riders for their club race.
The five bunch field raced in cool and blustery conditions.
Riders were racing for a first prize donated by the club president Len Murfitt.
Only four riders from the first three bunches managed to make it to the end without being caught by the eleven riders from the combined scratch and second scratch bunches.
They came in with 43 seconds to spare.
Bruce Roberts claimed his second win for the year ahead of Gary Legg, Terry Robinson and Jeremy Tatchell.
Gavin O’Brien continued his fine form to lead in the remaining riders to take fifth place and fastest time.
Result: 46Km Presidents Day Race
1 Gavin O’Brien 5th & Fastest Time
2 Damian Luppino 6th
3 Heather Hamling 7th
4 Tony Prytz 8th
5 Steve Hamling 10th
6 Ralph Iselt
7 Larry Nocera 9th
8 Rebecca Luppino
9 John Lee
10 Gerard Hickey
11 Len Murfitt
12 Bruce Roberts 1st
13 Gary Legg 2nd
14 Tom McBroom
15 Terry Robinson 3rd
16 Jeremy Tatchell 4th
17 Peter Neal
18 Des Read