A field of 27 cyclists fronted up for the fast and furious Benalla road handicap last Thursday evening. Dave Clark and Di Condie were first off pursued by Rod Manning, Tony Morris and Andrew Calvert-Jones. The bigger group of Tony Williams, Tim Hall, David Bock, Ian Conrick, Craig Wilson and John Eisner were next and after some settling the group worked well to reel in the out markers who were feeling the heat after the turnaround.
Masochism. There’s a fair bit needed to be good at the Individual Time Trial. Those members of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club who are keen on self flagellation lined up on Chapel Hill Road on Thursday 30 November for 11km of pain* out to Three Chain Road and back.
First away was Jodie Batchelor (resplendent in her new ‘aero’ helmet) on the comeback trail after injury. Another 19 sickos followed her at one-minute intervals.
Unsurprisingly, Josh Hopwood rode the fastest time of 15 minutes and 46 seconds. Closest to that was Tristan with 16:19 followed by Bruce Halket, Matt Young, Darren Bakker and Paul Lange as the only others to break 18 minutes.
However, with Handicaps taken into account, Josh also took the win, which was only slightly less surprising. He was followed in the final results by Halket (16:00), David Bock (16.05), Lange (16.08) and Young (16.18). Mioni, Alain Guerin, Bakker, Damian Grundy and Cam Lachal rounded out the top ten.
Many thanks to our officials and volunteers: John, Tony W, Tony M and Will. I’m sure they all volunteered this week since it’s easy to organise a Time Trial and so they could avoid the masochism. Or perhaps they’re just sadists!
The MMBCC’s Summer Series continues on Thursday 6 November with next Handicap Race along Benalla Road, starting at Dead Horse Lane. Entries via SMS to 0438 513 355 by 8pm Wednesday please.
*The pain isn’t really that bad… I’m just a whinger.
Dear Dirt Critters,
Here is a wrap up of the latest mountain biking news.
Dirt Crits Race 3- Irish Handicap
Will McDonald and Trevor Arnold ran the senior event last week with 15 riders starting. It was great to see Jodie Batchelor back on the mountain bike and feeling confident after a clinic with Shannon, which contributed to taking out 1st place. Keoni Bruner rode well to finish in 2nd place. Keoni and his family have relocated to down on the Peninsula and are making the trip up each week to race Dirt Crits- That’s commitment! Taking out 3rd place was relative newcomer Ethan Lee- Well done! Janine Appleton also showed that she can ride strongly on the road bike and MTB, finishing in 8th place.
Mont 24hr MTB Race
The Bike Buller team competed in the Mont 24hr MTB race this weekend. The riders were- Kian Lerch-Mackinnon, Matt Young, Cam Lachal, Anthony Bock, David McCoombe and Rohan Essex. This is a relay race with one rider representing the team on the course all of the time. The team of six category is always the most competitive category, so the boys did really well to finish in 7th place, covering 497km!
Enve Victorian Gravity Enduro Series- Barjarg
It was great to go out to Barjarg to watch our local riders compete in the Victorian Gravity Enduro event. Our vantage point was looking down into the gully that the riders rode through, always a great spectator spot.
Our local riders had a great weekend of racing-
1st Dave Empey (Super Masters),
1st Matthew Empey (U13) (pictured right),
1st Shannon Rademaker (Veteran 30-40) (pictured left) and Graham Slaney.
Dirt Crits this week
This week, Monday 27th October, Shannon Rademaker will be running the Dirt Crits event at Riflebutts MTB park. The format will be two timed runs of an Enduro style course, which is predominantly downhill.
This week Rod Sargeant and David Bock are on duty.
By Jason Parker
Bruce has done a great job getting the road calendar up and going. It should appear under "Road Racing" to the left. Please note that there are a few spots left to fill in December for duty so have a look at those and let Bruce know if you can fill the positions.
Jason is keeping us up to date with the dirt crit report ( see below for the full report and check out the club's facebook site). Apologies for lack of pictures - I'm still learning to drive the site, Cheers, John.
MMBCC race report
The Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club summer season for 2014/2015 kicked off on Thursday 9 October with a Graded Scratch Race on the Whitfield Road. 27 riders were on the start line, at the Botanic Park for the 25km journey out to Sawpit Gully Road and back, to try to work off some of the internal insulation built up over winter.
First race to start was C Grade which saw Tony Morris battle it out with Amy Jewson in a somewhat ‘lean’ field of just two. Youth won out against wisdom with Amy taking the cash; a win in her first race marking a fine start to her MMBCC membership!
10 A-Graders were next on the start line. A patient start mean no one tried any serious moves until the road headed slightly upwards. Mitch Greenway and Josh Hopwood were the first to attack, just after Bridge Creek, with Foley Lachal the only one able to bridge across.
The rest of the bunch got organised and chased for the next few kilometres; swapping turns at the front to peg back the leaders, which was finally successful by Long Lane on the way back to town.
After a few small attacks, which strung out the field but didn’t produce lasting affects, the finale came down to a bunch sprint. Darren ‘Cipolini’ Bakker took the win so comfortably that he didn’t even need to stand to sprint! He finished just ahead of Mauro ‘Back in Town’ Brega and Lachal from Greenway, Jarrod Appleton and Hopwood.
B-Grade saw the biggest field of the night with 16 starters. True to expectations, there was an attack as soon as the neutral zone was completed at top of the Barwite Hill; Jason Parker, Anthony Plummer, Dave Moore and Matt Young putting the hammer down and gapping the rest of the field.
The status quo was maintained until just after Bridge Creek where Young just kept the same tempo up the climb and the others couldn’t go with him. Game over!
The other three got picked up by the bunch soon after; Will MacDonald took the bunch sprint for second ahead of Parker.
Special mention to Tony Williams who sprinted for 12th place over the top of Craig Wilson and John Eisner after the two had done all the work back into town. He must have been saving his energy for something else!
Many thanks to our officials and volunteers: Jodie, Dave, Jenni, Ian and Julie. We couldn’t race without you.
The MMBCC’s Summer Series continues on Thursday 16 October with the summer’s first Handicap Race along Benalla Road, starting at Dead Horse Lane. Entries via SMS to 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday 5 February please.
congratulations to club Commissaires Margaretanne Hood and Tony Williams on formalising their cycling credentials by getting married!