September 30th 2018
The Colac Vets were back to fifteen riders for their club race.
Riders raced in good conditions over a two-lap course through Alvie and Warrion, starting and finishing at the Cororooke hall.
The field was split into five bunches with 24 minutes separating the three scratchmen out to the two limit riders.
Second scratch was once again boosted by having Gavin O’Brien put off with them to form a strong bunch of four riders.
They reeled in the third scratch trio with 10Km to go and the middle and front markers 6Km later.
Steve Hamling led the field into the home stretch with Damian Luppino and Arno van der Schans making an early charge for the line.
But Gavin O’Brien and Ralph Iselt had a spirited sprint for the line with O’Brien just edging out Iselt to take his first win for the year.
The ever consistent Heather Hamling finished in third place.
The scratchmen came in one and a half minutes back to take fastest time by 32 seconds with Tony Luppino leading in Larry Nocera and Andrew Pownceby.
This week the club will host the Red Rock Classic with riders from Warrnambool and Geelong competing.
Result: 46Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino Fastest Time
2 Larry Nocera
3 Andrew Pownceby
4 Gavin O’Brien 1st
5 Ralph Iselt 2nd
6 Arno van der Schans 4th
7 Steve Hamling 10th
8 Heather Hamling 3rd
9 Simon Redford 5th
10 Damian Luppino 9th
11 Rebecca Luppino 6th
12 Peter Theodore 7th
13 Gerard Hickey 8th
14 Des Read
15 Terry Robinson
September 23rd 2018
The Colac Vets were back down to just ten riders this week for their monthly medal.
Riders raced in cool and dry conditions with light winds.
The two scratchmen were set a tough task in chasing a 2-minute gap to the second scratch foursome.
They gained time on them for the first ten kilometres but then began to lose time.
The 10-minute trio caught the lone limit rider, and with 7km to go looked like they may have had enough of a lead.
But the second scratch foursome caught this group heading up Lineen’s hill in the final two kilometres.
Bruce Roberts had already broken clear of this group when second scratch came along and was heading to the finish line, only to be reeled in with 200 metres remaining.
After a long lead out from Mark Purdie, Arno van der Schans hit the line first to claim his first win in two years and his first monthly medal since 2006.
Ralph Iselt was second with Heather Hamling in third place.
With the scratchmen losing two minutes to second scratch, van der Schans also claimed fastest time.
Result: 47Km Monthly Medal
1 Larry Nocera 9th
2 Gavin O’Brien 10th
3 Arno van der Schans 1st & Fastest Time
4 Ralph Iselt 2nd
5 Heather Hamling 3rd
6 Mark Purdie 4th
7 Bruce Roberts 5th
8 Peter Theodore 7th
9 Gerard Hickey 8th
10 Terry Robinson 6th
September 16th 2018
The Colac Vets had their best field in five weeks with fourteen riders turning up for their club race.
Riders started off in cold conditions with patches of drizzling rain and westerly winds over the four-lap course around Cororooke.
The two winning limit riders who beat the scratchmen in by five minutes last week, had their handicap dragged back six minutes this week.
But they again improved by beating in the scratchmen by nearly two and a half minutes.
It was Des Read’s turn to take the win this week over co-marker and last week’s winner Terry Robinson.
The four second scratchmen caught the five riders from the 9-minute bunch the fourth time up Brown’s Lane with 5Km to go.
Gavin O’Brien enjoyed the lift back out to second scratch and led this bunch in two minutes behind the winner to take third place.
The three scratchmen were not far behind, but a clash of wheels between Tony Luppino and Andrew Pownceby saw them both crash out in the final few hundred metres, leaving Larry Nocera to take fastest time uncontested.
Result: 48Km Club Race
1 Larry Nocera 9th & Fastest Time
2 Tony Luppino Crashed
3 Andrew Pownceby Crashed
4 Gavin O’Brien 3rd
5 Ralph Iselt 4th
6 Arno van der Schans 7th
7 Damian Luppino 8th
8 Simon Redford 5th
9 Rebecca Luppino 6th
10 Len Murfitt 10th
11 Bruce Roberts
12 Gerard Hickey
13 Des Read 1st
14 Terry Robinson 2nd
September 9th 2018
The Colac Vets had field of eleven riders for their club race split into four bunches.
Riders raced a three and a half lap course around Cororooke having to go four times up Ryan’s Lane into a strong westerly wind.
The two limit riders were given a generous 35-minute start over the three scratchmen and even with the windy conditions they finished five minutes ahead of them.
Terry Robinson claimed his first win since June last year over co-marker Des Read.
Ralph Iselt led the second scratch bunch in four minutes later to take third place.
The scratchmen came in another minute later with Tony Luppino taking fastest time over co-markers Larry Nocera and Gavin O’Brien.
Result: 49Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino 7th & Fastest Time
2 Larry Nocera 8th
3 Gavin O’Brien 9th
4 Ralph Iselt 3rd
5 Heather Hamling 4th
6 Mark Purdie 5th
7 Steve Hamling 6th
8 Peter Theodore 10th
9 Rebecca Luppino
10 Terry Robinson 1st
11 Des Read 2nd
September 2nd 2018
The Colac Vets had nine riders for their club race on Father’s Day.
Riders raced in dry conditions with a stiff southerly wind blowing.
Terry Robinson was the lone limit rider with a 32-minute start on the three scratchmen.
The three second scratch riders caught the next two riders with 9Km to go, with Robinson being caught 3Km later.
Coming into the Cororooke hall finish Heather Hamling led out for the sprint to try and get husband Steve the win.
The move paid off with the ever hard working and selfless Steve Hamling finally getting up for a rare win.
Ralph Iselt was second with Bruce Roberts in third place.
The scratchmen came in just over two minutes behind with Tony Luppino taking fastest time over Larry Nocera and Gavin O’Brien.
Result: 46Km Club Race
1 Tony Luppino 6th & Fastest Time
2 Larry Nocera 7th
3 Gavin O’Brien 8th
4 Steve Hamling 1st
5 Ralph Iselt 2nd
6 Heather Hamling 5th
7 Bruce Roberts 3rd
8 Rebecca Luppino 4th
9 Terry Robinson 9th