The Hume Veterans Cycling Club’s season ended with a ‘Full Cycle Christmas’ handicap race at Benalla.
Numbers were boosted with the addition of a six GV veterans, one central vets and one rider on special permit making for 20 riders for this year’s race around the 51km Lurg Loop.
Five groups took the road with limit man Morris receiving a 34 min head start over the well-groomed scratch riders.
The strong 5 min group made up ground and had the 11 min group rounded up by the half way mark as the scratch riders lost Boonzaayer and Holgate due to the fast pace and undulations which left scratch with only four riders.
Limit and second limit were caught before turning back onto Kilfeera Road for a flat 13 km run for home.
With all riders in the leading group pulling strong turns it was to prove too much for the backmarkers to bridge as they were still three minutes in arrears.
In a well-judged sprint, Yarrawonga’s Simon Crawford proved too strong for his opponents to win this year’s race, narrowly from Peter McClellend and Kevin Laffy.
Brendan DeFazio paid for his solo attempt to finish 4th with Bruce Morrison 5th and Ashley O’Farrell home in 6th.
The backmarkers made up ground on the lead group to come home a minute behind with last race winner, Christian McDonald taking fastest time.
The last race of the season is also the announcement of the Club’s Aggregate Championship awards. The 2017 Club Aggregate Champion was Colin Stokes. Runner-up – Anthony Plummer and Third Place awarded to Geoff Morley.
1 – Simon Crawford (5) 1.20.36 (37.96 kph)
2 – Peter McClellend (11)
3 – Kevin Laffy (5)
4 – Brendan DeFazio (5)
5 – Bruce Morrison (5)
6 – Ashley O’Farrell (11)
7 – Christian McDonald (scr)
8 – Neville Laffy (scr)
9 – Matt Grealy (scr)
10 – Steve Kilpatrick (scr)
Fastest Time: Christian McDonald (scr) 1.14.38 (41.00 kph)
Next Hume Club Race: Sunday, February 4th at Benalla, 44 km Handicap
Race Entries Close: Friday - 9 pm, February 2nd
For membership details and or enquiries or information – Phone: Simon Hall on 0448 533 322 or check our website, www.humeveterans.com.au for details.