May 27th 2018
The Colac Vets had a field of 81 riders from eight clubs entered for their May Open.
Riders raced in warm conditions with moderate winds.
The good conditions made for fast times for most bunches with the scratch bunch averaging just under 44Km per hour.
But the front markers held off scratch with one of the limit riders from Geelong going it alone in the final few kilometres to finish just seconds ahead of the 18 minute bunch.
The Geelong club made up a quarter of the field with 26 riders competing and their strong presence paid off with them filling eight of the top ten placings.
Larry Nocera was Colac’s first unplaced rider.
There will be no club race this week with Colac having been invited to compete with Geelong at Paraparap.
Result: 59Km May Open
First: Darren Richards (36.00) Geelong
Second: Marcus Coppock (18.00) Geelong
Third: Jim Burzacott (18.00) Eureka
Fourth: Howard Duncan (18.00) Geelong
Fifth: Gavin Gamble (22.00) Geelong
Sixth: Kevin Lee (22.00) Eureka
Seventh: Tena Stenos (22.00) Geelong
Eighth: Umberto Scolaro (22.00) Geelong
Ninth: Vincent Haveaux (18.00) Geelong
Tenth: Ian Sumner (36.00) Geelong
Fastest Time: Tim Canny (scratch) Eureka
May 20th 2018
The Colac Vets had a field of 16 riders for their monthly medal.
The field was split in to five bunches with the scratch duo given a tough task of chasing two minutes to the five second scratch riders.
Conditions weren’t ideal with a reasonably strong south westerly blowing.
The second scratch bunch started to reel in the next three bunches in latter half of the second of two laps.
With 5Km to go the last of the middle and front markers lost contact with the second scratch bunch in a cross wind section, leaving five riders to battle it out up Lineen’s hill and down to the finish with a tail wind.
Steve Hamling once again led out for the sprint finish with Ralph Iselt coming off Larry Nocera’s wheel to take his first win in two years and his first monthly medal in four years.
Nocera held on for second with Arno van der Schans in third, Heather Hamling in fourth and Steve Hamling in fifth place.
Iselt also claimed fastest time with the scratch duo unable to gain any time on the second scratch bunch.
This week the Colac club will host their May Open with some 100 riders expected to race.
Result: 52Km Monthly Medal
1 Gavin O’Brien
2 Nick Brown
3 Ralph Iselt 1st & Fastest Time
4 Larry Nocera 2nd
5 Arno van der Schans 3rd
6 Heather Hamling 4th
7 Steve Hamling 5th
8 Len Murfitt 6th
9 John Lee 7th
10 Gerard Hickey 8th
11 Paul Allen 9th
12 Noel Symons 10th
13 Ian Mackay
14 Des Read
15 Terry Robinson
16 Peter Neal
May 13th 2018
The Colac Vets had two races to compete in over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon thirteen Colac members were among a field of 45 riders competing with the Warrnambool club at Terang in the 45Km Boydle Memorial.
Colac’s best placed riders were Paul Allen riding off the 20 minute mark coming in fifth place and Gerard Hickey riding off the 13 minute mark coming in sixth place.
On Sunday morning only five of the riders who had raced the day before turned up to the club race along with another five riders to have a small field of ten riders.
Being Mother’s Day a shorter race of 38Km was decided.
A shorter race also made for shorter handicaps and the two scratchmen wasted no time by setting a cracking pace and reeled in the four second scratch riders by the half way mark.
A couple of kilometres later they had caught the two 7 minute riders with the two limit riders being caught a few kilometres later.
Rebecca Luppino was the only rider to stay with the six back markers to the finish.
Steve Hamling led out the riders coming in to the Cororooke hall finish with Tony Luppino coming off his wheel to take the win ahead of Larry Nocera and Ralph Iselt.
Result: 38Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino 1st & Fastest Time
2 Gavin O’Brien 4th
3 Larry Nocera 2nd
4 Ralph Iselt 3rd
5 Heather Hamling 5th
6 Steve Hamling 6th
7 Rebecca Luppino
8 Noel Symons
9 Des Read
10 Terry Robinson
May 6th 2018
The Colac Vets had a field of 19 riders for their club race.
After racing in calm conditions over the last few weeks riders were back to windy conditions this week.
With Gavin O’Brien the only regular scratchman to turn up he was put off with the regular second scratch riders to form a scratch bunch of seven riders.
But they were soon down to six riders with Steve Hamling dropping off with a sticking front disc brake.
Meanwhile the four man seven minute bunch were combining well and after having caught the eleven minute trio started reeling in the front half of the field.
Turning left and heading back towards Alvie with 15Km to go the scratch bunch could see the combined seven and eleven minute bunches in the distance 3Km ahead.
With 6Km to go scratch knew that they would probably run out of distance in catching the six remaining leading riders.
Coming in to the Factory Road finish the seven and eleven minute riders had held off the scratch bunch by 31 seconds.
Len Murfitt claimed his first win since June last year over last weeks winner Bruce Roberts with Gerard Hickey in third place.
Gavin O’Brien led the scratch bunch in and just held off Ralph Iselt to take fastest time.
Result: 49Km Club Race
1 Gavin O’Brien 7th & Fastest Time
2 Ralph Iselt 8th
3 Larry Nocera 9th
4 Heather Hamling 10th
5 Arno van der Schans
6 Tony Prytz
7 Steve Hamling Mechanical Failure
8 Len Murfitt 1st
9 Bruce Roberts 2nd
10 Gerard Hickey 3rd
11 John Lee 4th
12 Paul Allen 5th
13 Ian Mackay 6th
14 Noel Symons
15 Des Read
16 Terry Robinson
17 Jeremy Tatchell
18 Peter Neal
19 Tim O’Sullivan