TOAFG wrote:I'm happy to report that, today D grade didn't pass us & B grade didn't lap us
I noticed that a few of the riders who have been placing recently were absent today - not sure if they took the day off or had been bumped up to B grade.
j9 wrote:D grade almost had the dishonour of being passed by F grade along South Beach Rd on the second last lap. We were on the brakes to stop from running up their backsides
Fraggle wrote:Cora Lynn Handicap (70km)
In short the westerly wind made it tough morning in the saddle.
Even with no entries on the day I still scanned the weather radar to ascertain the conditions and hence, bike selection. Pulled the CF beauty from the rack and got myself to the start line.
I was on 9:22 start group, D grade, but it was clear early on that not all of the eight of us were up to the pace so our little group was whittled down to 5. The early North & West bound section of the course made things tough but as soon as we headed East the pace quickly picked up thanks to a great bit of shared work combined with the tail wind.
We all took the opportunity to look back down the road when the five of us hit the corner of the Koo-Wee-Rup Longwarry Rd only to see daylight. “Great!” we all thought. “We’re in for chance of holding off the riders on scratch.” So after a little pause we all set back into our rhythm of turns but wind was starting to take its’ toll on us signalled by the occasional call of “I’ll skip this turn” and “Your turn. I can’t this time.” However our efforts weren’t in vain as groups ahead of us came into view and so with that incentive I was very thankful to see that the more tired of us gave that last extra effort.
As we passed through Longwarry and made the turn directly into the headwind it was clear that the 5 of us were going to have to do the majority of the work if we had any hope to hold off the rider’s off scratch. The group soon settled into a pace and I was very surprised to see the “lead car” directly in front of us which inspired me to embrace my inner Stuart O’Grady. A couple of little rises into the towns of Bunyip and Garfield shrank the amount rider’s that were following the lead car to 4 but as the field made the turn into Nine Mile Rd the remaining riders had made a gallant effort to re-group with the “Groupe Lead Car”. I found myself thinking “Where is scratch?” but that soon disappeared as there was a breakaway attempt and with a little under 10km to go it was worth the effort to make the jump. The 3 of us worked well but 5 riders had made a concerted effort to bring us back and so the 8, including four riders from my start group, of us worked as best we could into the South-Westerly wind that had sapped our strength on the previous leg.
Alas all of our effort was in vain as the MC (Motorcycle Commissar) advised us that the rider’s off scratch were on their way. Well how to let the gusto out of a group! The pace markedly slowed and I made the immediate decision to jump onto the back of the Scratch Riders and hopefully bag a top ten finish. It was inspiring to see the guys, all 8, still working together with such fluency and rhythm. My effort was enough to stay with them but I found the pace a little hot and I soon became detached but it wasn’t long before the next small group of riders came through and I stuck with them until the finish.
Overall, I was happy with my effort but a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to stay with the scratch riders for that last distance into the finish.
I’d like to thank all the riders who took part, to those who manned/marshalled corners, drove the vehicles, set up and packed up the event and to the Bill and the Committee for the tireless work that they do to put on such a great morning.
As for my stats. I'm not going to embarrass/incriminate myself any further.
deanderwent wrote:Wasn't there a Lang Lang President's Cup race scheduled for Sept 30th? What happened to it?
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