52 senior starters, 15 U11/13 and 7 U15/17 made the annual trek to Hamilton for the 33rd running of the Doug Pettingill Memorial – Hamilton to Port Fairy Road Race.
Conditions were windy with a side, head wind keeping everyone honest. Limit headed off at 1:00, meaning scratch would be underway at 2:00.
There was a lot of banter on the start line with with ex scratch men riding on out marks. A couple may have even been there in 1982 for the first running of the race.
The 5 minute bunch was travelling strongly engulfing most of the field by the Heywood, Woolsthorpe crossroads. This made a bunch of 25 with ten chasing (scratch and Second scratch) The leaders set a hectic pace for the remainder of the race slowly dropping one or two more in the final kilometres.
The bunch eased at Peter’s Pass, jockeying for good wheels in the sprint. As they navigated the final bend, the lead out train had begun. The sprint was fast and furious with Matt Burchell taking out the honours. The sprint finish was not for the faint hearted with a spill 100m from the line. Our condolences go out to Mark McLaren (Hamilton), Scott Waters (Mt Gambier) and Brett Creasy (Portland). We hope to see you all on the bikes again soon.
Scratch rolled into the finish with Simon Burchell taking the honours with the time. The fastest time was under two hours for the 82km. Neil Hyland still holds the record that was set in 1982, which was closer to one and a half hours.
Congratulations should also go out to Wal Paton for taking out the two sprints along the way.
Thankyou to all who assisted in helping make for a successful day.
Well Done to all who attended today’s race whether it was cycling, corner marshals or officials.
Congratulations to our junior champions
1st Mikayla McLaren
2nd Bailey Belleville
3rd Caitlin Morden
It was great to see 17 senior starters for todays race, divided into two grades.
1st Timshel Knoll-Miller
2nd Ricky Smedts (not eligible for championship)
3rd Simon Burchell
4th Nathan McLaren
1st Daryl Edwards
The 2013 club Road Championships are to be held on Saturday 19th October. The categories will be worked on entry numbers and 2013 licence categories.
Everyone with a current licence is able to ride and anyone who has a Port Fairy cycling licence or has had at least three Port Fairy club races is eligible to take out the championship.
Racing will commence at 1pm for juniors and 2 pm for seniors at Toolong School.
All racing will be scratch racing and categories will be decided on the day according to entries and eligible riders.
This Saturday, 5th October is the annual running of our popular race.
Tom was the father of cycling great Wal Paton and cycling supporter Isabel McLaren.
The senior race starts from the Port Fairy Showgrounds at 12 noon and concludes approximately 56km later on the Mt Eccles Road. All registered riders are welcome to participate in this handicapped event.
The junior starts is approximately 10km and starts from Mt Eccles rd at the conclusion of the senior race.
Trophies have again been kindly donated by Lou and Isabel McLaren.
There is a BYO BBQ at the conclusion of the two events and presentations will take place just prior to this.