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33rd Hamilton to Port Fairy

April 13, 2014

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.

Hamilton to Port Fairy Cycle Race

April 8, 2014

2014 Hamilton to Port Fairy flyer


Entry fees must be paid when entering

Port Fairy Cycling Club Road Championships 2013

October 19, 2013

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.

A Grade

1st Timshel Knoll-Miller

2nd Ricky Smedts (not eligible for championship)

3rd Simon Burchell

4th Nathan McLaren


B Grade

1st Daryl Edwards



Melbourne to Warrnambool

October 9, 2013

This weekend (Saturday12th October) there will be no racing at Port Fairy.  We are hoping many of you will head to Warrnambool to cheer on the riders after their gruelling 250+km race from Werribee.  Also to cheer on the veterans who are racing from Camperdown to Warrnambool.

Then return on Sunday to cheer those riding the Shipwreck Coast.

Saturday night the is a dinner at Images. This event hands been going for many years and is a great catch with many stories to be told.

Club road Championships

October 1, 2013

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.

Tom Paton- Port Fairy to Mt Eccles

October 1, 2013

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.

DOUG PETTINGILL – Hamilton to Port Fairy

April 14, 2013
It was a tough day out on the roads for cyclists yesterday in the 32nd running of the Hamilton to Port Fairy.  64 riders made the 80km trek through undulating terrain with strong westerlies buffering them sideways.  The predicted northerlies changed early and this made for an exciting event given all riders an equal chance of getting to the line first.
Early predictions were mixed, with names like Andrew Ames (16 min), Craig Taylor(9:30), Danny Burke(6:30) and Brendan Shultz(SCR) being thrown around.  As the race progressed the officials knew it was going to be a close finish with bunches slowly gaining on each other and groups getting together to forge a strong field.  By 10km out of town the scratch bunch had caught most of the field and were gaining on the remaining leaders.  The bunch of 30 began to break apart as the elite could feel the end getting closer.  The 16 minute bunch could sense someone coming and at Peter’s Pass still had 200m on the chasing group.  Andrew Ames, one of the early predictions, couldn’t wait any longer and jumped away from his group.
The fast chasing group which was down to eight riders caught the bunch about 1km from the finish but could still see one lone rider out in front.  It was an easy win for Andrew Ames with a hotly contested sprint behind him for second place and fastest time.
With the change in wind, the race was tougher and local rider Neil Hyland still holds the course record of 1 hour 32 min that he set in 1982.
1st Andrew Ames – Hamilton 16 min
2nd and fastest time Brendan Schultz – Bendigo SCR (1 hour 42 min)
3rd Wayne Collins – Warrnambool SCR
4th Nathan McLaren - Port Fairy 4 min 30
5th Ashley Herrewyn – Mt Gambier 2 min 30
The kids racing was fought out in Hamilton over a 10km and 17km distance.


1st and fastest James Duncan – Port Fairy,
2nd Jessica McLaren – Hamilton,
3rd Emasyn Belleville – Port Fairy
1st Adam Rowe – Camperdown,
2nd Nathan Glennen – Camperdown,
3rd Aaron Cunningham – Hamilton,
4th and fastest time Jack Bell – Camperdown
5th Mikayla McLaren – Port Fairy
The next race in the South West Series is the ‘Soldiers Memorial’ in Mt Gambier on ANZAC Day.

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