August 20th 2017
The Colac Vets had a field of sixteen riders for their monthly medal.
Riders raced in cool and fine conditions.
The field was split into six bunches with the two scratchmen chasing five minutes to a bunch of five riders and 37 minutes out to the two limit riders.
The five riders from the second scratch bunch never let the two scratch riders into contention with the scratch riders only picking up 44 seconds of their 5 minute handicap on second scratch by races end.
Second scratch picked up the three riders from the third scratch bunch into the second of the two lap course.
This combined group then caught the middle and front markers in the last two kilometres with Des Read holding out to be caught 600 metres from the finish.
A rejuvenated David Lunn, who was having just his third race this year and eighth race in the last two years, rode a strong race to pick up his 20th monthly medal with his last one being six years ago.
Heather Hamling finished well to take second with Ralph Iselt in third place.
Tony Luppino led in Grant Oates to take fastest time.
There will be no club race this week with the Warrnambool club hosting a race at Dixie.
Result: 52Km Monthly Medal
1 Tony Luppino Fastest Time
2 Grant Oates
3 David Lunn 1st
4 Ralph Iselt 3rd
5 Arno van der Schans 4th
6 Steve Hamling 5th
7 Damian Luppino 10th
8 Heather Hamling 2nd
9 Gavin O’Brien 9th
10 Rebecca Luppino
11 Gerard Hickey 6th
12 Peter Theodore 8th
13 Gary Legg
14 Terry Robinson
15 Des Read 7th
16 Sue Theodore
Aug 13th 2017
The Colac Vets had a small field for the third race in a row with 11 riders competing in their club race in good conditions.
Last week’s winner Des Read was joined by Sue Theodore and this pair was sent of the 29 minute mark and had a 14 minute start on Gary Legg and Terry Robinson.
Meanwhile David Coventry was put off the scratch mark, for the first time, with Grant Oates and this pair were chasing a 2 minute gap to a bunch of five riders.
Coventry stayed with Oates until the Alvie hill at the 27Km mark at which point they were still 40 seconds behind the five riders in front of them.
Oates then went on alone and caught the five riders with 9Km remaining.
These six riders then caught the front markers with 4km to go.
In the final few kilometres Oates put several surges to wear down the other riders and finished off strongly to take the win with Chris Kane hot on his wheel to take second and Arno van der Shans coming in third place.
Four Colac members competed in the Victorian Veteran Cycling Road Championships at Learmonth.
Normally ran in age groups, this year it was ran in grades.
Rebecca Luppino was Colac’s best performer taking out the women’s A Grade race.
Result: 46Km Club Race
1 Grant Oates 1st & Fastest Time
2 David Coventry 10th
3 Chris Kane 2nd
4 Arno van der Schans 3rd
5 Ralph Iselt 4th
6 Heather Hamling 5th
7 Steve Hamling 6th
8 Gary Legg 7th
9 Terry Robinson 8th
10 Des Read 9th
11 Sue Theodore
Aug 6th 2017
The Colac Vets had their smallest field for the year with just 10 riders fronting up to race in cold but dry conditions for their club race.
Riders raced a four lap course with reasonably strong north westerly winds.
Des Read was sent off the 36 minute mark and had a big 29 minute head start on the next bunch of three riders.
Meanwhile lone scratchman Tony Luppino had to chase 2 minutes to a bunch of five riders and did a tremendous job in reeling them in before the end of the third lap.
This group of six riders came in just 19 seconds behind the 7 minute trio consisting of Rebecca Luppino, Gavin O’Brien and Gerard Hickey who took second, third and fourth place respectively.
But it was Des Read who held on out in front to comfortably come in with over three minutes to spare and take his second win since returning back to the Colac Vets in 2014.
Result: 48Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino 5th &Fastest Time
2 Arno van der Schans 6th
3 Heather Hamling 7th
4 David Coventry 8th
5 Ralph Iselt 9th
6 Steve Hamling 10th
7 Rebecca Luppino 2nd
8 Gavin O’Brien 3rd
9 Gerard Hickey 4th
10 Des Read 1st