In a huge weekend of relaxed and competitive cycling in perfect autumn weather, 630 cyclists turned up to take part in the Scody High Country Cycle Challenge as part of the Tour de Flavour weekend. Organiser , Bruce Halket noted that over 500 climbed Buller with many heading out to Jamieson as well before returning to town making it a very busy time in the main street. Continuing the festive vibe was the Mansfield Community Bank’s Criterium held up and down High Street on the Saturday afternoon. Over eighty cyclists took on the demanding course with some spectacular racing. Locals, Jodie Batchelor, Craig Wilson, Stefan Vaivars , Mitch Greenway and Anthony Plummer were brave enough to compete against a strong field of state level cyclists across several grades. Mitch Greenway had a spectacular third place finish with an impressive breakaway attempt half way through the race. Stefan and Anthony felt the heat in their grades and Jodie and Will were pleased with their results.
Sunday saw the Cycling Club host the second in the Victorian Road series with a race from Mansfield to Buller. With around 300 cyclists in nine grades the heat was applied in most groups from the start. Again Mitch Greenway did well to place 6th and Josh Hopwood equal 8th. Alain Guerin was the most senior cyclist in the whole field at 75 but still looked fresh at the chilly finish in the Village square.
Thanks to The Mansfield Community Bank, to the Mt Buller Resort, Ros Ritchie Wines and to many of our other sponsors and the great team of helpers over the weekend. Special thanks to Di Condie for a great organising effort and to Bruce Halket for his support. Thanks too , to all our residents who kept a good eye out on the roads over the weekend for all the cyclists. It’s a great, healthy event for Mansfield that really puts back in and helps in part to support our junior cyclists.