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McLean wins race to line in cycling event

Richard McLean notched up his first win when he took part in Echuca-Moama Cycling Club's fourth and final round of the Ivan and Lorraine Collings Memorial Trophy at Lockington.

July 29, 2014 3:04am

Richard McLean wins round four, with Bruce Fleming in second. Photo: Richard Bailey


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In perfect racing conditions, 24 Echuca-Moama Cycling Club riders lined up to contest the fourth and final round of the Ivan and Lorraine Collings Memorial Trophy around Lockington’s 50km circuit.

The limit riders were given a generous mark by the handicapper, riding off 11 minutes in front.

These riders consisted of Bruce Fleming, Helen Crilly, Kayden Jeffereys, Nick McNair and first time rider Richard McLean.

With strong turns by McLean, Jeffereys and McNair, the limit group was going to set a good average speed around the circuit.

Fleming and Crilly were keeping the pace and tempo, allowing all riders to work and stay together.

Second limit were next away off 19 minutes.

They were made up of the evenly matched Paul Oman, Trudy Stevenson, Ray Hamilton, Andy Clapham and Brad Gotch.

Hamilton, Oman and Trudy Stevenson were setting a quick pace, with Clapham and Gotch working together beautifully and making it difficult for the pursuing bunches to bridge the gap.

Third scratch consisting of Burton Banks, Chris Stevens, Mark Pickles, Steve Robson and Minda Murray riding off a handicap of 15 minutes looked a good, strong even group.

Their mission for the day was to reel in all the groups ahead.

With the strength of in-form riders Robson, Murray and Stevens and the consistent Burton Banks, as well as visiting rider Mark Pickles, the pace was on from the outset with all riders doing strong turns.

Second scratch riding off 19 minutes, also filled with talent and experience were made up of the visiting riders Luke Moore, Luke Burns, Tony Ryan and district boy Dave Trounson.

They knew to catch any riders ahead they would have to set the pace right from the start.

Moore, Ryan, Trounson and Burns are all talented, strong riders and, with perfect weather conditions for racing, were averaging speeds in excess of 39km/h around the course.

Scratch markers were given the huge task of a 25-minute handicap but, with the big name riders of Trent Stevenson, Ash Hall, Dom Orso, Mitchell Zito and Troy Griffiths, they were not going to make it easy for the groups in front.

With the talent and strength of Stevenson, Hall, Zito, Griffiths and Orso they were flying from the start.

Their average speed for each lap was 44km/h and were making huge ground on the groups ahead.

At the front of the race, limit was working well and, after the second lap, the riders realised they were a big chance of staying ahead of the pack, providing they stayed together and kept their tempo.

Their average speed was almost 36km/h which was well up on previous weeks.

Second limit was making up good ground on limit while managing to stay away from those in pursuit.

Stevenson, Hamilton, Oman were working huge turns, setting a blistering pace of almost 38km/h around the circuit.

Second and third scratch were riding strongly, however with 2km to go had merged together and now their immediate goal was to stay away from the furious pace of the fast finishing scratchmen.

As the finish line loomed, Jeffereys, McLean and Fleming sprinted for line honours with McLean taking first place, Fleming second and Jeffereys third.

In the following group, Andy Clapham was fourth, Trudy Stevenson fifth and Ray Hamilton sixth.

As the remainder of the riders crossed the line, the scratchmen had just manage to catch the groups in front with Ash Hall awarded fastest time.

The overall winner of the Ivan and Lorraine Collings series was Trent Stevenson from Shepparton.

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