Riders churn out marathon effort 

A SMALL albeit dedicated bunch of club riders turned out at Range Road for the final round of the Winter Road Championships and last road race of the season.
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Clearly many riders in the club had tired legs following the long and arduous season and wanted to save themselves for Sunday’s Grand Prix charity ride.

The 42km graded scratch race is one of the toughest for locals and involves two major climbs on the way to the turnaround – Yurt Farm and Pomeroy Station.

A further climb awaits riders after the turnaround as they climb from the Wollondilly River back up to the Yurt Farm.

Once at the Yurt Farm it is a fast run to the finish line back at Chinamans Lane.

Andy Cartwright and Jason McLaughlin contested A Grade and set off with a one minute advantage over the five B Grade riders. The leading contenders for the C Grade Championship turned out and followed B Grade a further minute back.

Andy Cartwright managed an early break over Jason McLaughlin and after the two major climbs had built up a handy lead at the turnaround.

With a favourable tailwind Andy made short work of the run home to complete the course in an impressive one hour, 11 minutes and 55 seconds – the fastest time of the day.

In B Grade Chris Berry and Glenn Apps were struggling to hold onto the wheels of Adam Lambert, Mick Hall and Phil Hansen.

After initially being dropped they worked together to bridge the gap back to the leaders. Unfortunately by that stage Chris was a spent force and was left to time trial for the rest of the race.

Glenn held on a little longer but suffered a similar fate as the roads became steeper. Mick Hall, after some not-sosecret training in the French Alps, was right at home on the steep climbs and broke away from his younger opponents.

Mick’s climbing abilities resulted in him catching and passing Jason McLaughlin in A Grade.

Phil Hansen continued to battle on the return journey but was unable to haul in Mick Hall.

The big fella had spent a little too much trying to chase Mick on the hills and was unable to run him down on the sprint back to the finish.

Adam Lambert finished a creditable third.

Shannon Apps and Craig Johnson were the leading contenders for the C Grade Championship and the race didn’t disappoint.

Craig took advantage on the hills but a determined Shannon steadily fought back on the return leg. In the run to the finish line it was neck and neck with both riders desperate to win the final race.

The judges, Mrs Bush and Jo Gibson, couldn’t split them on the line and after checking the photos declared a dead heat. Alan Bassingthwaighte took out third with Graham Klein fourth.

The improvement in both these riders should see them threaten for honours this summer.

A big thank you to all the volunteers: Phil, Mrs Bush, Jo, Graeme, Fiona, Norman and the one armed Jacko.

This weekend marks the final round of the Interclub Series with Southern Highlands hosting at Bundanoon.

Goulburn is currently in second overall behind the strong Illawarra club.

Mark Gibson is poised to take out division one but will need a solid race if he is to accept the honour.

Grant Moller and Phil Champion need to be at their very best in division two to be among the prize winners. Good luck to all the Goulburn riders in what has already been an outstanding series for the Club.

The next local racing event is the Friday Track for Roadies at the Seiffert Oval Velodrome on October 4. Seniors and juniors are welcome.

Sign on is from 6.30pm with racing commencing at 7pm. New riders are also welcome – just dust off the road bike from the shed and join the fun. There will be a race for everyone.

HIS TO LOSE: Mark Gibson, pictured prior to Sunday’s Grand Prix Challenge, is well placed to claim division one of the Interclub Series. Photo: Gerard Walsh.

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