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Sunday
Jul172016

Dyde holds off Burns & the bunch to win in chiltern

1st 1:45:29 Rick Dyde (19 minutes) 
2nd Paul Burns(19 minutes)
3rd and fastest time (1:47:43) Lachlan Hutchins (scr)
4th Brad Rose (scr)
5th Marcus Warner (15 min)
6th Ken Payne. (15 min)
Photos contonesy of Bend Elbow Cycling Team

What a day for a bike race!!! The sun was shining and the weather was warmer as everyone headed for Chiltern for today's club race. With the Wagga to Albury only two weeks away a large field turned up for today's handicap on the Geoff Dixon course. It was great to welcome riders from the Alpine Cycling Club as well as Tolland CC and Cootamundra CC which resulted in 32 riders turning up and making the handicapper work hard to try and get things right. Limit included a number of newbies with only a few races under their belt with a couple of old foxes. With a generous mark they were going to be hard to beat. Srcatch was strong and only 19 minutes back so there was a chance it could all come together at some stage. The middle bunches had other ideas and set a cracking pace in the first lap which saw the gaps shrinking. Half way through the second lap it looked like the race was all going to come together. Eli Beach, Jesse Featonby, Lachlan Hutchins, Brad Rose, Tim Guy and Gerard Wild were driving back bunch who had caught block before the end of lap 1. At 7km to go it was all together except for three limit riders who were going to go down swinging. Steve Dahl was first to pop. After his KOM winning effort from the Geoff Dixon he was looking to make the podium but it wasn't to be. He was eventually swallowed by the bunch on the outskirts of town. Rick Dyde attacked Paul Burns with and hung on to win by 30 seconds from the veteran Bended Elbow crooner. Lachlan Hutchins was 3rd and fastest time with Brad Rose and Marcus Warner (Alpine CC) filling out the top 5. Alpine's Carly Mackay rode strongly to finish with the main bunch and be first woman. It was great to see a limit bunch that included six riders who are in their first three races. Jimmy North, Mark Jones, Steve Young, Steve Dahl, Neil Quast and Rick Dyde are all new to racing so well done to you all. Thanks to all volunteers and commissaires for the day.

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