With a forecast full of extreme thunderstorm warnings, 24 cyclists turned up to Piries for the 11km Stewart's Bus Lines time trial. Although beautiful and sunny, the sky to the west was black and ominous. Within half an hour there was serious flickering and rumbling over Mt Torbreck so a last minute call was made to shorten the start time to squeeze everyone in - accompanied by the odd sniffle of "but I'm not ready".
So off everyone rode , one after the other under a darkening sky until there was only Bruce Halket left, having missed the early start with some conscientious warming up. With everyone in the shelter of the Piries CFA shed, Bruce was greeted by a blast of air as the front came through followed by a substantial downpour as he continued past the finish and on to the shelter of the shed without slowing!
Well done to Sue Hall for taking out the handicapped win for the evening with Loretta Armitage coming a close second and Geoff Jones third.
Ray Jarratt , visiting from Cobram, well known within the club, made his trip worthwhile to take out fasted road time for the night with a quick ride, narrowly edging out Josh Hopwood and Mitch Greenway.
Thanks to the patience of all the members while Di redid all the calculations resulting from the compressed start and thanks to Rod Stewart for sponsoring the evening.
This week's race is the Bakker Plumbing Handicap - a longer ride out the Tolmie Road. Entries to Di by 8pm.
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