With numbers down from normal, the handicapper decided to have a teams race on February 10. The course undertaken was Stretton Vale loop via Palm World giving a total of 52km.
The weather was a quite gloomy 27°C, eventually providing the riders with some refreshing rain in the final stages. Some riders were faced with some slippery roads while passing through Avenel. No crashes thank goodness.
The first cab off the ranks was the trio of Christy Rilen (capt), Bret Bender and Kevin Bartlett who totalled a time of 1hour 24minutes 45seconds.
Following them was group 2 — Neil O’Sullivan (capt), Jeff Hibberd and Ian Baker — who due to an unfortunate train crossing, lost 45seconds and managed to record a finishing time of 1hour 27minutes 45seconds.
This left just one final group of Shayne Kirby (capt), Michael Thomson and Adam Inness. These three riders started out with not much ambition but as the race progressed (realising they have a chance for victory) turned themselves inside out to bring home the bacon. It was kilometres from home where Inness and Thomson had nothing left in the tank which left Shayne Kirby to do the work, leading his team to victory with a time of 1hour 24minutes 12seconds. Well done boys.
Next race is on Saturday, February 17 starting from Burgess Signs at 2pm.