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Geelong and Surfcoast Cycling Club 70km Jack Griffin Trophy Race 2015
The weather was perfect for the 33rd edition of the Jack Griffin trophy race over 70km out and back Forest and Nobles Roads twice finishing at the top of Nobles Rd. The longest and toughest club race of the season. With 57 riders from GSCC, Colac , Warnambool and Northern all the groups had good numbers so the race pace was going to be high and the big test will be the endurance of all riders.
Ken Mansfield and Don Stuart were off limit today with a sizable advantage of 25 minutes to second limit and 52 minutes to the strong scratch group of seven. These two club stalwarts shared the workload and stayed together on their own for a large majority of the race. The big movers over the first half of the race were the 21 minute group of Chris Shay, Paul Bubb, Noel Said (n), Jamie Robinson, James Stuart, Dave Phillips, Mandy Hosking, Neil Maurer and Tony Spark they had caught the 27 minute group by the end of Forest Rd for the first time.
The scratch group of Gary Wearmouth, Anthony Seipolt, Rick Buckwell, David Newett, Richard Lyle, Andrew Goodwin and David Lunn were flying down the road working well as a group over the first half of the race, they splintered up a bit after the turn around at Nobles Rd and were down to 5 riders with David Newett suffering from leg cramps and David Lunn not quite up to the pace of the scratch group. Only a couple of traffic delays around the course could slow this group down, it took till the second return leg of Forest road for them to start catching the middle few groups who were all still on there own, firstly second scratch then gradually all the other middle groups till the finish line where they finished 27 seconds short of the winner and just behind other placings amongst a big group of riders.
The 16 minute group of Grant Edmonds, Gerard Hickey (c), Paul Allen (c), Robert Baydle (w), Andrew Booth, Grant Rogers, Frank Gasperis and Brian Weppner were finishing the race really well and joined the lead of the race with about 16km to go. The combined leading riders of the 16, 21, 27 minutes groups had stopped working saving some energy for the final 15km of the race, Noel Said was trying to motivate the other riders to keep working as there were still a lot of stronger riders behind catching fast. With no help Noel decided to have a go on his own and break away from the other riders, Jamie Robinson joined Noel for as long as he could but Noel's light stature and determination was to much for Jamie. Noel pushed on to take a great race win finishing solo over the finish line completely exhausted. Grant Edmonds help of Frank Gasperic for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
1st Noel Said (N)(21min 2:04:56), 2nd Grant Edmonds (16min), 3rd Frank Gasperic (16min), 4th Barry Warlod (W)(27min), 5th John Bell (27min), 6th Grant Rogers (16min), 7th Paul Bubb (21min), 8th Mandy Hosking (21min), 9th Gerard Hickey (C)(16min), 10th Tony Spark (21min), Fastest Time Gary Wearmouth. (scr) 1:44:11
Thanks again to Jack Griffin for supporting a very prestigious club race and again for providing the fabulous trophies and also for your humorous stories during the presentations. Thanks to Richard Buckwell snr for refereeing and all the other marshals and helpers on the day.
Geelong and Surfcoast Cycling Club
TCA Partners Handicap 4th October 2015
Fantastic weather greeted those 38 cyclists who remembered to adjust their alarm clocks and get out of bed in time for GSCC's TCA Partners 4 lap handicap race.
Brian Long and Don Stuart peddled off the line on the limit mark of 35 minutes. Brian is still going strong and will celebrate his 83rd birthday this week. Congratulations. As an early birthday present Robbo gave limit a 21 minute head start on the next group.
It was the 10:30 group of Paul Bird, Darren Williams, Jamie Robinson, Peter McDonough, Johnny Parrello, Grant Rogers and James Stuart that made the early running, catching Longy and Don and the 14:00 group which included big guns John Bell and Dennis Sonogan. They hit the front with a lap to go but could see a few groups behind as they crested the rise on Forrest Road for the last time.
Meanwhile at the back of the race, the Scratch group had there heads down and were rewarded by their hard work when after 2 laps they had closed to about a minute behind second scratch, who in turn had closed to a similar distance behind 3rd scratch. Unfortunately a lap later as scratch got the bell the gap was still significant. 3rd scratch with Kane Airey, Darryl Suter, Jim Knott, Ian Amsden, Peter Ladd ,Chris Fenech and Dave Spence were still flying hitting mid to high 40's as they screamed down Grays Road.
Scratch were still working with great cohesion with a few massive turns being put in by trial rider Jock Hughson, backed up by Dave Warren and Andy Baker. Still as we surged up Hendry's Road it was touch and go if we could catch Jeff Miller, Josh Williams Harvey Lang and the rest of the guys in second scratch. A great effort considering they dropped one of their group on the first lap.
Turning up misery lane for the last time the race consisted of three distinct groups all within 400m of each other. I guess the rise and the headwind finally took its toll and with 2km to go all the groups came together. Unfortunately in a scene reminiscent of Monday morning on the West Gate Bridge, a few cars decided to join us. We had cars overtaking us and having to merge with 30 odd sweating and exhausted cyclists on their limit as opposite direction traffic came past. Thankfully there were no incidents and we approached Larcombes Road as one. Richard Lyle jumped on the front and put some hurt on the rest of us. New member Craig Hannah then took over as we straightened up on Larcombes Road. It was pretty cagey from that point on with no one willing to have a crack. Josh Williams went early the Daryl Suter and Dave Warren sensed their chance and surged to the front with 2-300 metres to run and opened a significant gap. The pack sprinted but too late and Daryl held on to win from Brad Haskett, Jock Hughson with Dave Warren hanging on to fourth. It was a massive effort by Daryl and while I was disappointed to be beaten, it was gratifying to see him coughing up his lungs as I caught up with him past the finish.
Thanks to Dave Robinson for handicapping a close race and our marshals, Roger Cronk, David Pike, Marcus Coppock, Peter Wynne and referee Terry Robinson.
By Brad Haskett.
1: Daryl Suter (5.00) Ave Speed, 36.7km/h
2: Brad Haskett. Fastest time 1:14:55 Ave speed 39.1km/h
3: Dave Warren (scratch)
4: Andy Baker (scratch)
5: Kane Airey (5:00)
6: Jeff Miller (3:00)
7: Jim Knott (5:00)
8: Richard Lyle (scratch)
9: Harvey Lang (3:00)
10: Ian Amsden (5:00)
Well done to the trial riders Jock Hughson and Mal Cole, welcome to new member Craig Hannah and welcome back to Andrew Read after his hip operation in the middle of the year. Thanks again to TCA Partners for their support in first aid training
Next week: Thursday Night Criterium races start at Belmont 6pm. Colac Red Rock at Cororook 10am Start.
Geelong Vets Cycling
On Sunday September 20 thirty seven riders set out on the Infosync 63 kilometre handicap race in absolutely perfect conditions at Paraparap. Mid teens temperature and a light westerly wind greeted Brian Long the lone limit rider as he set out on the journey around three laps of the Hendy Main road circuit and a trip out Forest road finishing in Larcombes road south of Forest road. Brian had more than a lap head start on the 13 minute bunch who were the powerhouse of the day. This group of Darren Williams, Robin Smith, Gerard Mullaly, Brian Weppner, Paul Bird, Joe Gulino and Mandy Hosking lost Joe with a mechanical on the Forest road hill and swapping smooth turns caught the sixteen and a half minute bunch on the third lap to form the winning group, with Barry Clay, James Stuart, Grant Rogers and Dave Phillips joining in.
GSCC handicap, 2015 KVA Design Winter sash race 48km
Second limit riders escape to take a great win.
By Kane Airey
A grand field of 49 riders turned up for a cool wintry race for the second year of the KVA Design
winter sash race and also with Rory Wilson in attendance to say thanks for the clubs fundraising
efforts from last year. The course for the day was Blackgate Rd, Forest Rd the around the lap and
finish at Larcombes Rd, with 8 bunches spread across 30 Minutes.
The Limit riders Brian Long and Alan Sandford set off up Blackgate Rd with a great deal of tough work
in front of them as a decent westerly was setting in for the day, they had a ten minute head start on
the second limit roup of Colin Hooper, Ross West, David Phillips, Gordon Spargo and Daryl Peterson,
this group was the group to catch today. Then followed by the next six groups ranging from 5 to 8
riders in each bunch with the very determined scratch bunch of Nathan Ashton, Richard Buckwell,
Brad Haskett, Matt McDonough, Paul Beretta, Andrew Baker and Gary Wearmouth who were all very
keen to keep the good winter results continuing for the scratch riders.
The second limit group started well but progressively split up as soon as they turned back into the
wind in Blackgate Rd losing a few riders along the way to Forest Rd. Colin and Gordon who started
doing 30 second track turns were the strongest of the group and were the only ones left, they were at
the front of the field along Forest Road. Most of the middle marker groups were staying together
through the middle of the race with a couple of flats and stragglers being dropped from their
respective groups. The scratch bunch started fast with first 15 minutes being quite hectic Brad, Gary
and Nathan doing a lot of hard turns. They were held up for about 30 seconds at the Blackgate turn
around waiting for a car!
The scratch group kept charging up the road and caught the second scratch group of David Warren,
Andrew Goodwin, Harvey Lang, Josh Williams who was promoted after his last win a couple of
weeks ago and was riding really well, with Steve Young hanging on. These guys got in and were
doing turns with the scratch group making it a very big group of strong riders. They kept picking off
groups along Forest Rd and Hendy Main Rd in front of them and were looking good for the lead of the
race except Colin and Gordon were still riding very well with a very good lead of 2minutes 30 seconds
with 20km still to go to the next bunch.
The large scratch group with a few sitting on caught the last main group at the club room corner, and
with the leading two in the distance up Hendy Main Road riding into the wind for the last time. Then
Andrew Goodwin decided to attack! with no one chasing straight away for a few hundred metres, the
scratch riders got serious and put the peddle down dropping a lot of riders with most of the second
scratch riders hanging on and Daryl Suter from third scratch doing a great job with the pressure on
while the final efforts and chase where on.
Colin was running out of legs into the wind and told Gordon to go for it if he could which Gordon did
and gapped Colin by 400 metres to take a impressive win doing a lot of work for the whole race with
Colin finish an excellent second. The scratch group picked up the pace into Larcombes Road for the
sprint for 3rd and fastest time, Gary Wearmouth proved too strong again in the sprint winning by a two
bike lengths. Well done to all and thanks to all the helpers on the day. If scratch weren't held up
earlier in the race they may had ridden through the field. Gordon was very happy with the win and
with his first sash from road cycling racing.
Afterward we had a good bite to eat a with the usual banter and chat about the race. Rory Wilson was
very glad to attend and said thanks to the club for our fundraising efforts of last year. Rory then went
on to explain his focus of improving road safety within our region and with the Bike Safe Geelong. All
the place getters then very generously donated all their prize money to Bike Safe Geelong to the
value of $400, well done to you all.
1st Gordon Spargo (20min 1:38:59), 2nd Colin Hooper (20min), 3rd Gary Wearmouth (scr), 4th
Matthew McDonough (scr), 5th Brad Heskett (scr), 6th Daryl Suter (5.30), 7th David Warren (2.30),
8th Andrew Goodwin (scr) 9th Harvey Lang (2.30) 10th Josh Williams (2.30) Fastest time Gary
Wearmouth (1:10:32, 41.08km/h)
Geelong Vets Cycling
By Paul Bird
With many riders away at the state time trial championships at Avenel 23, riders raced over 51km in four scratch races at Paraparap on Sunday August 16th.