Hucker wins

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Mar-2012

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SUMMER SERIES: Tim Hucker hits top spot. Photo: Darren Casey
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Bendigo Cycling Club’s inaugural Café Roubaix Summer Series wound up last Sunday, with Tim Hucker bolting to the top of the Symes Motors A Grade aggregate at the very last moment and when it mattered most to claim the series win.
The consistent Nick Gates won the Hume & Iser B Grade title, and while the effervescent Mat Runnalls finished second in the final race of the season, he still had enough points in the bank to claim the Ronde Gloves C Grade title.
Wet conditions greeted riders in Saturday’s Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club’s 38 kilometre graded scratch races at Newbridge. 34 riders contested four grades of racing, with A Grade’s 11 riders heading off first. The course was north to Bridgewater, across the river, then back south through Arnold to Llanelly, then back to finish at Newbridge. The bunch was fairly steady to Bridgewater, where a number of riders tried to break, without success. It was a bunch finish, with Shane Thompson first, followed by Rick McIntosh, and Russell Gilbey.
B Grade started with 10 riders but about four kilometres before Bridgewater, Murray Rankin, James Thompson and Geoff Pollard broke away, staying in front for the next kilometres before they were caught about 4 kilometres up the Arnold Road. There was another attempt on the last hill after Llanelly, but again the bunch came together, with Brett Williams in first place, followed by Murray Rankin and Leigh Anne Dynon.
The eight riders in C Grade were basically content to ride it out as a bunch, with Trevor McDougall trying a number of times to break away, without success. So once again it was to be decided on the line. Ross McDonald took the honours, followed by Jim Field, and Trevor McDougall.
The five riders in D Grade were content to ride as a bunch, and making sure the slowest rider was in touch, and like the rest of the field, had to negotiate flooded sections of road, at various points of the course. Peter O’Brien, making a return to competition, pushed through for a good win, followed by Ross Ogilvie and Dave Keith.
The 16th and final race of the GA & PA Pilcher Building Contractors sponsored summer series was held on Sunday, and with double points in both the Men’s and Women’s Aggregates up for grabs, there were a number of riders still in the hunt.
A good field of 48 riders was divided into eight bunches, with Scratch conceding between two and 18 minutes. Geoff Pollard won a very close finish, with about 10 metres separating the first six riders, including Bruce Baldwin, Leigh Anne Dynon, Peter Hayes, Bruce Tonkin, and Roger Fuller. Dale Lowe presented the aggregate trophies, to winners, Diane Jane, and Justin Mollison.

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