Ash Hall claimed the honours in Saturday's Echuca-Moama Cycling Club's 52km race at Bamawm in wintry conditions.July 18, 2014 3:04am
Racing on the weekend are (from left Shayne Roberts, Troy Griffiths, eventual winner Ash Hall, Jamie Costello-Manning, Burton Banks, Stevie Robson, Chris Stevens and Dave Trounson. Photo: RICHARD BAILEY
The bitter weather conditions did not deter 20 Echuca-Moama Cycling Club members from competing in the 52km event at Bamawm Extension on Saturday afternoon.
Riding off limit were the father and son combination of Russell and Kayden Jeffereys, along with Michael Taylor and up and coming youngster Nick McNair.
Seven minutes back were the second limit group, boasting a wealth of experience made up of riders Ray Hamilton, Paul Oman, Bruce Fleming, Andy Clapham, Dave Fulton and Ben Oman.
The group riding off 14 minutes looked the likely bunch to win on the day with the in-form Stevie Robson, Jamie Costello-Manning, Chris Stevens, Burton Banks and the ever-reliable Dave Trounson.
The scratch markers riding off 18 minutes looked like they may have had their work cut out but, with the group made up of Ash Hall, Dom Orso, Steve Roberts and Troy Griffiths, they had other ideas.
The limit markers had to battle freezing, windy conditions for the first half of their journey and were caught at the 28km mark by second limit who were travelling strongly into the blustery conditions, mainly driven by the strong turns of Fulton, Hamilton, Clapham and Paul Oman.
Kayden Jeffereys was the only rider to join this bunch and assist working turns.
At the back of the race, the scratch group was flying and had caught second scratch by the 24km mark.
At this point they showed no mercy and as the race progressed they had shelled almost all of the caught riders in pursuit of the riders in the front bunches.
About 44km into the race, scratch had caught and passed all riders, with Fulton being the only rider to manage to stay with them.
In the final sprint Hall showed his experience and fitness to take line honours just in front of Orso, Roberts and Griffiths.
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