Round 2 of the Income Solutions Summer Criterium Series

20 starters took to the track last Saturday for the Income Solution Summer Criterium Series in perfect conditions.

Nick Kennedy scorched around the track to take out the prologue in the impressive time of 2:57 (42.7kph)

Col made a change by including an intermediate sprint which created an extra series of attacks in the middle of each race.

Division 2 were first off the line this week and the attacks started about 2 laps in and continued on and off throughout the race. Jeff Miller took the points at the intermediate sprint but it was Richard Lyle just getting his nose in front of Phil Cartledge (Eureka) in the sprint with Jeff Miller following in 3rd.

Division 3 & 4 combined with Marcus Coppock attacking and staying away to win div 3 by 43 seconds from Paul Ryan & Darren Williams. David Spence easily took out div 4 from Mick Barnes & Rod Lambeth

Division 1 were the final group to start with the largest field of 7 racers. A frantic final lap (@41.7kph) saw Nick Kennedy (Colac) win from Rick Buckwell & David Warren.

Full Results @ mylaps


John Winsor Christmas H’cap, 14 December

A strong field of 40 riders assembled at Paraparap on Sunday December 14 for the final race of the season, the John Windsor Christmas Handicap. John was a long time member and great supporter of the Geelong Veteran Cycling Club. John’s family continue supporting the club by sponsoring this race in his honour.

Ideal conditions with a light wind favoured the lone limit rider Brian Long and the sixteen minute group, but the strength was with the middle markers particularly the seven minute group of Jim Knott, Atilla Harangozo, Brian Weppner, Phil Preston, Barry Clay and Frank Gasperic. This group powered through the 9:30, 11:30 and 16 minute bunches picking up any riders who could hold on. It was new rider Frank Gasperic who was the quickest at the finish to record his maiden race win.

The three chasing groups had all come together on the final ascent of the Forest Road hill with the combined scratch and two minute groups catching the four and a half minute group. This group powered along Grays road sensing a chance of victory. Perhaps thinking too much about the Christmas BBQ after the race, the impetus went out of the group on misery lane three kilometers from the finish and they ultimately failed by twelve seconds to catch the winner. Richard Lyle took out fastest time in this prestigious event.


1st Frank Gasperic 1:17:00, 2. Jim Knott, 3. Paul Ryan, 4.Barry Clay, 5. Brian Weppner, 6. Dave Phillips, 7. Phil Preston, 8. Atilla Harangozo, 9. Johnny Parrello, 10. Richard Lyle

Fastest time Richard Lyle 57:12

Twilight Criterium, 11 December


A Grade ~ Rick Buckwell
B Grade ~ Paul Ryan
C Grade ~ Vince Haveaux
D Grade ~ Keith Dorling


Supervets, 10 December

A good roll-up of riders signed on for one of the final days in 2014. A field of 24 faced the starter as the fifteen minute group rolled off the start line. A strong threatening bunch of six riders followed four minutes behind the limit riders of John Watson, Andrew Thornton, Andrew Kennon and Brian Long. Interestingly Gordon Spargo who over the past weeks has ridden strongly hovered a further two minutes behind. All three bunches promised to form a formidable challenge to the back-markers. The fifteen minute limit riders kept the field at bay for one and a half laps when they were forced to combine with the bunch of twelve riders all working hard to stay clear of the back-markers. Approaching the line for the second time Gordon Spargo put in a powerful breakaway with Ross West which proved later to be effective. Meanwhile the one minute thirty bunch of Bill McConnell, Carl Judd and Peter Ladd were forming a strong challenge supported by Phil Preston, Laurie Fitzsimons, Rob Nicholls and Barry Clay. The third lap saw the two leaders maintain their gap despite the pressure from behind and defying all odds the back-markers took control of the remaining field and crossed the line closely behind Gordon Spargo and Ross West. Gordon posted his first win with the Supervets in style.

Results: 1. G Spargo, 2. R West, 3. C Judd, 4. B McConnell, 5. T Collie, 6. P Ladd, 7. B Clay, 8. L Fitzsimons.

Fastest time: Carl Judd – 1.0.49.


The races scheduled for 6 December (Income Solutions Summer Crut Series Race 2) and 7 December (Scratch race at Paraparap) were canceled due to poor weather.

Twilight Criteriums, 4 December

Winner were

A Grade Paul Baretta

B Grade Carl Leahy

C Grade Andy Schep

D Grade Keith Dorling


Supervets, 3 December

Supervets faced up to a three lap handicap on Wednesday December 3. Rain in the pre-race period had wet the circuit and continued to be showery for most of the race. Andrew Thornton and John Watson led the field away and used their seven minute gap to advantage managing to keep the chasing bunches at bay. Unfortunately the two man challenge did not last with Andrew Thornton puncturing on Forrest Road on the last lap. John Watson battled on and was able to keep distance between himself and the strong chasing group of Gordon Spargo, Barry Primmer, John Bell, Ian Sumner, Terry Robinson and Ross West. With two kilometres to go and the field closing in John was able to hang on and win by a short margin.

Results: 1. J Watson, 2. G Spargo, 3. B Primmer, 4. J Bell, 5. T Robinson, 6. I Sumner, 7. R West, 8. N Brown, 9. L Fitzsimons, 10. B Clay.

Fastest time: N Brown – 1.01.26.


31st Jack Griffin Handicap, 30 November

Out and back Blackgate and Forest Roads plus one lap, finish in Larcombes Rd. 60km.
Paul Bird Fly’s at the finish to take a celebrated win.

A field of 37 energized riders set out for a good day with very pleasant weather, heating up though the race.
The scratch group had a bit of a wait today with the most experienced rider Brian Long starting solo, with the handicapper giving him encouraging starting time of 36 minutes. Brian was back past the club rooms before third scratch had even started holding a very worthy pace the wind was staying away to help Brian as much as possible.
The middle marker groups worked together with the 14 minute group of Jim Knott, Paul Bird, Joe Gulino, Darren Williams and Barry Clay making up the best ground catching before the Forest Road Turn the what was left of the 16.30 group of Atilla Harangozo, Brian Weppner, Phillip Preston. Johnny Parrello flatted early and Dennis Sonogan was have a tough day out. This group started working well and was the group to catch. The 7 minute group of Carl Leahy, Marcus Coppock, Carl Judd, Shane Korth, David Spence and new returning rider Harvey Lang were also making up good ground along Forest rd on the smaller 11 minute group of Vic Mason, Peter Ladd and Mandy Hosking.
Meanwhile the very keen scratch group lead by Xavier Coppock and Nick Kennedy (colac) with Rick Buckwell, Richard Lyle, Brad Haskett and Andrew Baker started very fast and this group split early in the race making the catch to the leaders maybe a bit to tough of a task today. Xavier and Nick were charging up the road at a crazy fast pace being very determined to win the illustrious prize. They caught the second scratch and third scratch groups along forest road leaving most thinking what the heck just happened!
While Brian was making very good progress at the front of the race with his two young supporting group in the lead car. “keep riding fast Brian keep riding” The combined 14 minute and 16.30 groups had caught the remaining groups with Tony Spark, David Phillips staying with them. With Brian still out the front along Gray’s Road for the final time Brian’s chances were fading very quickly. The chasing riders picked up the pace when the first caught an eye on Brian and also worried about the fast finishing scratch group with Andrew Goodwin and Dave Warren, Jeff Millar and others hanging on as best as they could. The scratch group were getting a sniff of the win then an unfortunate accident happened on the club room corner with a touch of wheels with Nick Kennedy crashing heavily and losing a lot of skin. This slowed their momentum considerably.
Brian was finally caught with 3km to go by the first chasing group powered along by Phil Preston and Joe Gulino along the last stretch up Hendy Main Rd. The sprint to the finish was a tightly fought affair with Phil providing Paul Bird with a great lead-out to take the win and the prized Jack Griffin Trophy. Xavier finished 50 seconds behind to take the Fastest time.
1st Paul Bird 1:34.4 (37.6km/h) 2nd Phil Preston, 3rd Barry Clay, 4th Darren Williams, 5th Brian Weppner, 6th Jim Knott, 7th Joe Gulino, 8th Dave Phillips, 9th Tony Spark. 10th Andrew Goodwin. Fastest time Xavier Coppock

A big thankyou to Jeff Millar and Marcus Coppock for stopping and assisting Nick Kennedy after his fall and Joe Gulino, Xavier Coppock and Len Bent for helping Nick after the race. Also thanks to Jack Griffin for holding your race again and with your good jokes and stories during the presentations. Paul was a very proud winner and Xavier was very happy to win fastest time to match his fathers achievements in previous results of this prestigious race.

Jack Griffin finish 2014

Criterium, 27 November

What a great night of racing had by all with very strong feilds in A,B and C grade.
A grade had twelve entries for 30 + 2 laps. Xavier Coppock was very keen for a hard hitout getting ready for the Jack Griffin race this coming Sunday. Xavier started flat out with the ever watchful Paul Barretta being the only one to stay on Xavier’s wheel. They made a quick gap on the rest of the feild gradually increasing there gap with Paul taking the win over Xavier with Andrew Baker winning the distant sprint for third. Averaging over 39kmh.
B Grade with six very even riders had lots of attacks and a lot of watching each other for the whole 30 minutes. Jim Knott had another win over Marcus Coppock and the consistent Paul Ryan finish a close third.
C grade had seven strong riders with a couple of faces not seen yet this season. Vincent Haveaux decided to try lots of attacks tonight with no luck on getting away from a keen group looking for a sprint finish. Byron Mitchell after competing in the state BMX championship last week had the legs to get away from the group for a great solo win. Darren Williams won the sprint for second with the great Phil Preston home for third.
Also well done to new riders Vincent Trotter and Mick Barnes for competing in D grade. Well done to all for a great night of competitive and safe racing.

Supervets, 26 November

Yesterday Supervets competed a three lap race of the Paraparap circuit. The day was dry with wind from the north-west. The field look encouraging with a good cross section of riders in all categories. The six strong ten minute group was the largest in the race with Richard Buckwell, Tony Spark and Chris Colley one minute behind.
The fifteen minute group of Andrew Thornton, Brian Long and John Watson kept the field at bay for two laps, but the larger chasing group which included Gordon Spargo, Ian Sumner and Terry Robinson aided by Tony Spark and Richard Buckwell lifted the pace in the third lap and soon had overtaken the out-markers Dale Jennings and Brian Farrell. Meanwhile the back-markers were maintaining a challenging pace with Peter Ladd, Bill McConnell and Carl Judd rapidly making up the lag time. They were well supported by the effort of Laurie Fitzsimons, Nick Brown and David Pike. A large group had assembled in the straight and a strong sprint from Carl Judd sealed the day. He was closely followed by Bill McConnell and Laurie Fitzsimons.

Results: 1. C Judd, 2. B McConnell, 3. L Fitzsimons, 4. T Spark, 5. P Ladd, 6. J Bell, 7. I Sumner, 8. G Spargo.

Fastest time: N Brown – 1.02.05.


Age Group Championships 2014, 23 November

A fantastic sunny morning with slight swirling winds was met by a good field of riders competing in the highly sought after GVCC age group championships. This race has a very long history with the club and all the race winners and competitors are congratulated for participating.

(35-39) 49km

While being the only rider in his age group, new rider Vincent Trotter had a good solid hit out, well done.

(40-44) 49km 1.24.24

Kane Airey and Shane Korth kept the pace quite solid for the whole race swapping turns with a few good efforts. Kane was a sitting duck leading Shane through most of the last lap into the sprint with Shane getting the win in a tight sprint by a tyre.

(45-49) 49km 1:19.30

Five strong riders had a great race watching each other quite closely and also not letting the most experienced rider Jeff Miller get away. Tony French sprinted well at the finish to take a great win.

1st Tony French, 2nd Andrew Baker, 3rd Jeff Miller.

Other riders: Frank Gasperic, Attila Harangozo.

(50-54) 49km 1:25.07

In another close and watchful race these five riders held a great solid pace to make a very close sprint finish by the whole group. David Spence (birthday boy) stretched out the group in the last few kilometres and then David just beating Chris Fenech in a hard fought long sprint to the line with the others not far behind.

1st David Spence, 2nd Chris Fenech, 3rd Brian Weppner.

Other riders: Joe Gulino, Johnny Parrello

(55-59) 49km1:22.48

Nick Oakley, Marcuss Coppock and Vic Mason had a great race with no one getting away. Nick won in a good sprint over Marcus and Vic.

(60-64) 39km 1:10.18

These guys were over watchful with any surge in pace shut down very quickly. Speed down Grays road dropped to a walking pace as riders fought for wheels. Phil Preston was the only rider to put a gap on the group but when Paul Bird joined him the group shut it down for a sprint finish with David Pike too strong with a close tussle for second place.

1st David Pike, 2nd Carl Judd. 3rd Paul Bird

Other riders: Peter Ladd, Phillip Preston

(65-69) 39km 1:14.23

This group stayed together for the whole race swapping turns with some solid efforts to test the legs of all involved with a few watchful eyes. Colin Hooper finished the strongest winning the group sprint.

1st Colin Hooper, 2nd Barry Clay, 3rd John Bell

Other Riders: Ross West, Terry Robinson

(70-74) 39km 1:06.02

1st Robert Nicholls, 2nd David Phillips. 3rd Dennis Sonogan

(75-79) 39km 1:06.00

After Don Stuart had trouble starting and getting his shoe clipped in this race between these two was over quite quickly. Well done to William for taking the fastest time over this distance and to Don for finishing his long solo effort.

1st William McConnell, 2nd Don Stuart

Summer Criterium Series, 22 November

Race 1 of the Income Solutions criterium series was held today at the Belmont crit track. Well done to Dave Warren, Kane Airey, Marcus Coppock and David Spence for taking out thier respective grades, all in close sprint finishes. A special thankyou to the few that traveled from Ballarat and Bacchus marsh. Thanks to Colin Hooper for marshaling and timing for the day. The next race is on 6th December, Grade race start times will be swapped around from today. Hope to see you there.



1st Andrew Baker 3:01.4 (41.7kph)

2nd Paul Baretta 3:06.1

3rd Mike Jelenko 3:06.2

Full Results


Division 1

1st David Warren

2nd Paul Baretta

3rd Simon Witcher

Division 2

1st Kane Airey

2nd Richard Lyle

3rd Phillip Cartledge

Division 3

1st Marcus Coppock

2nd Paul Ryan

3rd Vincent Haveaux

Division 4

1st David Spence

2nd Terry Collie

3rd John Faulkner

Full Details



Supervets 19 November

Yesterday the Supervets held their weekly race at the Paraparap circuit and the weather was fine and sunny with a light breeze from the west. This was a race of opportunities and the middle-markers generated a fast pace and showed their superiority with Phil Preston and Jeremy Tatchell dominating. However, the eleven and thirteen minute bunches came together in the second lap and built up a gap through the hard work of Terry Robinson, John Bell, Ross West, Ian Sumner and Brian Long. To make a difference they had to stay clear of the following bunch. Dale Jennings made a contribution and Tony Spark was working hard as always. In the final lap the remnants of all the front groups formed a large pack and as a result dropped several riders along the way. Phil Preston and Jeremy Tatchell commanded the finishing group dictating the pace. Despite the efforts of Ian Sumner and John Bell , Phil and Jeremy crossed the line together much as they had started.

Results: 1. P Preston, 2. J Tatchell, 3. T Spark, 4. I Sumner, 5. R Buckwell, 6. J Bell, 7. R West, 8. T Robinson.

Fastest time: D Pike – 1.02.30. Winner’s time: 1.11.50.

2014 Ray Alderidge Aggregate Results

With yesterday being the last race for aggregate points towards the ‘Ray Aldridge’ shield here are the top five placings for this years award.

1st – Mandy Hosking 42 pts – 18 races (winner 2013)
2nd – Ross West 41 pts – 21 races (r/u 2013)
3rd – Dave Warren 39 pts – 18 races
4th – Jim Knott 36 pts – 18 races
5th – Rick Buckwell 35 pts – 13 races

Full Results

Handicap 16 November – KVA Design Spring Sash

29 starters fronted the start line today in Paraparap for the 47 kilometre KVA Design Spring Sash Race. Out & back Forest Rd, plus 2 laps, in Larcombes Rd. Today’s race also marked the final race in the annual Ray Aldridge Aggregate, in which points are awarded to Geelong Vets club members for racing and or placing throughout the year. These points are tallied up in the final race of the series and the recipient is awarded the honour of etching their name on this coveted award.

Seven bunches set off from 9:30am, with limit giving scratch 30 mins before takeoff. Brian Long and Don Stuart rode well together but with the wind blowing WSW at 30kph it was a tough ask for the two Super Vets; to their credit they stayed away for the majority of the race and with one lap to go they still had 5 minutes up their sleeve.

Ross West, who trailed Mandy Hosking by a mere point in the Aggregate, was hammering along with the help of Johnny Parrello grinding away on the front. Richard Buckwell and John Bell were out to do their best to help Ross, who was determined to give the final race of the series a red hot go.

Meanwhile Scratch, with the powerful Rick Buckwell, son of the aforementioned Richard, driving his two co-markers Andrew Baker and Dave Warren, managed to finally reel in second scratch on the last lap going up Forest Road. This bunch proved to be a force to be reckoned with in their own right, Shane Korth, Vic Mason, Peter Ladd working hard with Chris Fenech, and Carl Judd doing their bit too.

Mandy Hosking, leading the Aggregate by one solitary point and her 3rd scratch bunch off 6:30 mins, were caught by 2nd scratch before the two lap start on Forest Road… with Phil Tehan from Northern Vets keeping everyone in control, the bunch consisting of new riders Mark Langman (ACT) and trial rider, Andrew Read, Paul Bird and Darren Williams worked beautifully and smooth until the catch.
Fast forward to 3 kilometres to go…Peter Ladd, having sacrificed himself along Hendy Main Road, hitting 50kph took a well earned a breather, leaving Rick Buckwell to take over. Rick, lead the charge up misery lane, with the help of Dave Warren, Andrew Baker, Shane Korth and Vic Mason. Ross West and his 16 min bunch were swamped by Scratch, 2nd & 3rd Scratch at this point, the pace was too great for him to jump on and all he could do watch as the bunch containing Mandy, rode away into the strong South Westerly.

The Sprint to the finish saw Rick use his sheer strength to power to clear a break of 20 metres from the bunch, but a determined Dave Warren had other things in mind and came within a tyre rim to Rick but no cigar for Dave, who ended up collecting 2nd in the race and 3rd in the Aggregate for his efforts. Andrew Baker won a well deserved 3rd place for the day.

Mandy crossed the line in 9th place, far enough ahead of Ross to win the Aggregate; her second year in succession with Ross West settling for 2nd overall in the Ray Aldridge Aggregate.
<image002.gif> Results:
<image002.gif> 1.Rick Buckwell (1:12:45 Ave 38.9) 2.Dave Warren 3.Andrew Baker 4.Mark Langman (ACT) 5.Shane Korth 6.Vic Mason 7.Carl Judd 8.Johhny Parello 9.Many Hosking 10.Darren Williams


Criterium, 13 November


D Grade ~ Colin Hooper
C Grade ~ Johnny Hilsdon
B Grade ~ Jimmy Knott
A Grade ~ Paul Beretta


Supervets 12 November

Yesterday the Supervets returned to Paraparap for a three lap handicap race and conditions were perfect for racing. The day was sunny with a light wind from the south-west. The 7.30 minute bunch looked strong from the start and Kim Clarke and Jeremy Tatchell were showing good form. However, as the race progressed the 2 minute group was making ground on the field led by Bill McConnell and Peter Ladd. Scratch markers meantime were pushing for some recognition in search of a course record. Preparations for a strong finish was evident and newcomer scratch rider Nick Brown was pushing his bunch to feature in the finish. Meanwhile the fifteen minute bunch of Ian Sumner, Bob Osburn and John Watson had taken over the lead having absorbed the eighteen and twenty minute riders. The maintained sufficient pace to hold off the field and despite a huge effort from the chasing group the fifteen minute bunch went over the line intact.

Results: 1. I Sumner, 2. B Osburn, 3. J Watson, 4. D Jennings, 5. B Long, 6. B McConnell, 7. J Tatchell, 8. K Clarke.

Fastest time: N Brown – 1.00.29.

We welcomed new riders Bob Osburn and Nick Brown to our Supervet ranks.

Handicap 9 November

32 starters today at the Paraparap manor with a stiff southwesterly blowing. The limit pair of Ken Mansfield and Don Stuart were given a handy start to the rest of the feild and 35 minutes to a strong scratch bunch. The bunches worked quite hard over the first lap with the 8 minute bunch of Shane Korth, David Spence, Peter McDonough, Peter Ladd and Vic Mason making the first catch being the 10 minute group with only Barry Clay and Mandy Hosking able to stay with them. The scratch group led by Xavier Coppock with Richard Buckwell and Daryl Burns tore down the road. They caught the 2nd scratch group early on the 2nd lap holding extremely high speeds over 55km/h at times. Meanwhile Ken and Don where getting help from a local kangaroo and were passed by the 8 minute group with some help from Barry and Mandy they took the lead of the race at the start of Nobles Rd passing John Bell. The scratch group powered past the rest of the feild with a little help also from Nick Oakley and Kane Airey with Xavier doing about 70% of the work. The 8 minute group stayed away for the win by 30 second over the scratch group. David Spence started his sprint early after a strong ride for the whole race to beat Vic Mason and Mandy Hosking. Xavier led the scratch group out for a long lead into the strong head wind with Daryl Burns finishing well to take fastest time.
1st David Spence (1hr 20min 40sec 36.56km/h) 2nd Vic Mason 3rd Mandy Hosking 4th Shane Korth 5th Barry Clay 6th & fastest Daryl Burns (1 hrs 13mins 10 secs 40.21 km/h.) 7th Rick Buckwell 8th Nick Oakley 9th Tony French 10th Xavier Coppock.
With a third placing Mandy now overtakes Ross West for the club aggregate with not many races to go.

Criterium, 6 November

A great turn out of 30 riders on a typically windswept Belmont Criterium course on Thursday night. Eleven riders in A grade, 7 in B, 9 in C and 3 in D grade. Racing was over an undisclosed time until the referee signalled two laps to go. D grade raced for 20 minutes plus 2 (7 laps) and A grade 45 minutes plus 2 laps (14 laps). B and C grades finished between the two. Competitive racing with all groups, except B grade, in a sprint finish. Mike Jelenko was far too strong in B grade finishing half a lap ahead, of Dave Spence who was too quick for Jim Knott. Many attacks in A grade before all coming together for a great sprint finish with Simon Witcher pipping Paul Baretta on the line with Ray Russo third. C grade saw Paul Ryan outlast Vince Haveaux and Dave Phillips close up in third. D grade saw Sue Cox too strong at the finish for new rider Mick Barnes.


Melbourne Cup on Wheels, 4 November

The Melbourne Cup on wheels is arguably the biggest race on the Supervets calendar. This year was no exception with 48 riders from Geelong, Colac, Ballarat and Warrnambool racing 37km over 3 laps of the Paraparap Hendy Main road circuit. A strong westerly wind favoured the back markers to get up for the win, but John Watson riding off the 23 minute second limit mark rode an exceptionally strong race to hold of the stampeding scratch group. John had set out with co-markers Ralph Edwards and Sue Cox but proved too strong for them, riding the final two laps on his own to record a popular win for the 77 year old Supervet. At the back of the race it had taken 2 laps for the four man scratch group of Xavier Coppock, Nick Kennedy, Matt McDonough and Steve Young to catch the combined 8 man 1½ minute group and 7 man 3 minute group, but when they did it formed a large dangerous high speed train which was only slowed when two near crashes were avoided. With the 5 minute and 7½ being caught the final trip up misery lane, the desperate sprint to the line began at the chicane with Mathew Bowman leading out and Kane Airey overhauling him only to be pipped on the line by Nick Kennedy with Steve Young close behind. But their desperate sprint was all in vain as the gritty John Watson held on by 17 seconds to record a great race win. Nick Kennedy from Colac recorded the fastest time ever for the circuit of 54 minutes 56 seconds.
1.John Watson (23min1:17:39 Ave 28.6), 2.Nick Kennedy (Colac scratch 54:56 Ave 40.4) 3. K.Airey (3 min) 4. S.Young (scratch) 5. D.Warren (1½ min) 6. J.Miller (1½ min) 7. Anthony Seipolt (1½ min) 8. Neil Maurer (5 min) 9. Mark Purdie (Colac 1½ min) 10. Nick Brown (Colac 1½ min)


Handicap 2 November

30 riders from the Geelong Vets turned up today to race in cool temperatures. With a South Westerly blowing at 20kph, conditions were just challenging enough to slow the front markers down making the catch more possible for the mid-markers and scratchies.

Kenny Mansfield and his co-markers Brain Long, Sue Cox and Don Stewart were given 25 minutes but soon found themselves riding solo, as their riding abilities varied.

Mid- markers Peter Ladd, Jim Knott, Mandy Hosking and Paul Bird worked beautifully, reeling in all the front markers by the third lap. Very few were able to hang on when Peter Ladd hit the front for his ‘track turn’…upping the pace of his bunch by at least 2 kilometres per hour. On Grays Rd and then Hendy Main Rd Peter hit speeds of 47kph, having said to the others “Come on, they’re right behind us!”

In the last lap the chasing bunches, scratch, 2 minutes and the 6 minute bunch had their work cut out for them if they wanted to catch Peter’s 9 minute bunch. Neil Maurer (6 mins), did his best to power up the chicane and Forest Rd, but only ended up breaking up his bunch, which had the inform Dave Spence, Carl Judd and Chris Fenech; (Barry Clay dropped).

Scratch, with Dave Warren sporting the No.1 race number, worked well with Kane Airey, Jeff Miller, Tony French and Nick Oakely. They caught Marcus’s 2 minute bunch, which included, Mal Lloyd and Anthony Selpolt, who rode very strongly, with a lap and three quarters to go. All worked turns but when they turned into the finishing straight, the lead bunch was already contesting the sprint finish.

Jim Knott started things off at 400 metres to go. All new rider Brian Weppner could do was watch, having sacrificed himself by leading everyone up the chicane; which surely helped the bunch stay away from the powering scratchies. Mandy thought she’d have a crack with 200 to go, but it was to be Peter’s day as he had her covered, winning by a good bike length.

Shortly after Pete’s win, it was the scratchies turn to fight it out for fastest. Tony French went for it, but was mowed down by Nick Oakley giving him the honor.

Proceedings at the presentations turned out to be entertaining when the club President Kane Airey, mixed up the prize money. Monies were reluctantly handed back along with some witty banter and much laughter… “I was hoping to buy some fish to go with my chips” from Juddy and “Didn’t you say we’re in need of a new club executive from Longy, as well as “and they’re all supposed to accountants!’


1st Peter Ladd Time. 1:26:22 Avg 34.09 kph
2nd Mandy Hosking
3rd Jim Knott
4th Brian Weppner
5th Nick Oakley
6th Jeff Miller
7th Chris Fenech
8th Tony French
9th Carl Judd
10th Marcus Coppock ( Dave Warren?)

Fastest time went to Nick Oakley Time 1:17:53 37.92 Avg kph

Criterium 30 October

Another good turn out for some solid GVCC crit racing again last night. The weather conditions were great with the usual southerly blowing!
A Grade: 35Min. +2
The biggest field of the night and season so far. A very even and tough contest. It was hard to get away in a break as everyone was keen on keeping it all together. Tony Fench started the winning break with about two laps to go joined by Dave Warren. The rest of the group started chasing but Rick Buckwell was the only one to make the catch and also take a good win. Average approx 38.3km
1st Rick Buckwell, 2nd Dave Warren, 3rd Tony French. Other riders: Paul Barretta, Jeff Miller, Simon Whitcher, Darryl Sutter, Steven Richards, Kane Airey.
B Grade: 30 Min. +2
A good solid field making their race quite an effort and fast paced. New rider Mike Jelenco got excited early and started attacking after 2 laps. The group was quite determined and kept fighting and stayed together with some random attacking and efforts off the front. Some experienced showed over the last lap with a great sprint by Dave Spence closely followed by Mike and Jim Knott. Average approx. 35km
1st David Spence, 2nd Mike Jelenco, Jim Knott. Other riders: Carl Judd, Darren Williams, Vic Mason, Mandy Hosking.
C Grade: 25 Min +2
With a very keen and even field the group stayed together till the finish. Paul Ryan, John Hilsdon, and Joe Gulino did a great deal of the work swapping some very solid turns. Paul Ryan got the jump on the finish with a great sprint win.
D Grade: 25 Min +2
Sue Cox and trial rider Mick Barnes both enjoyed their solid paced ride while also avoiding the other faster groups. Sue Cox won with a very good finishing speed.
Thanks again for all who raced tonight, some good fun and safe racing by all. Thanks to Richard Buckwell Snr for setting up, Dave Robinson, Colin Hooper and Rob Nicholls for running the show. More riders would be good to improve the lower grade racing. So come along and give it a go. Same again next Thursday night. 6pm registration for 6.30 start. The races will be mixed up a bit over the next few weeks with team time trials and relay’s/madison races.


Supervets 29 October

A strong field took to the circuit yesterday at Paraparap for a three lap handicap event. Weather conditions were perfect with a light breeze from the north-west. The middle markers worked well but were hampered by strong out-markers making the most of their handicaps. The twelve minute group of John Bell, Terry Robinson and Tony Spark were not to be outdone and grouped together with the seventeen minute bunch of Brian Long, Brian Farrell, John Watson and Ken Mansfield to ensure that they contested the finish. Riders across the field that dominated the race were Jeremy Tatchell, Gordon Spargo, John Hilsdon and Phil Preston. While most riders contributed on the day the winners’ time suggested that the outmarkers made the best of their marks. Good to see Don Stewart back and riding strongly considering his layoff.

Results: 1. J Bell, 2. T Spark, 3. J Watson, 4. B Long, 5. J Tatchell, 6. J Hildson, 7. G Spargo, 8. P Preston.

Winner’s time: 1.15.02. Fastest time: D Pike – 1.05.


Hendry Cycles Combine 26 October

Gvcc held the Hendry’s cycling combine with riders from colac and warrnambool today in perfect conditions. With 68 starters the large bunches stayed stretched out for most of the race in the calm conditions. Third limit (19min group) combined well for the day catching the two groups in front on the last lap along Hendy Main Rd. They had some very tough attacks up misery Lane for last time breaking up the leading feild. The winner Brett Worrell and the forever young & best dressed Dennis Sonnogan broke away for well deserved win and second placing.. Scratch rode very tough and fast for the whole race but only being able to catch 2nd scratch. Nick Kennedy from colac won fastest time.

1st Brett Worrell (w) 35kmh, 2nd Dennis Sonnogan (g), 3rd Phillip Preston (g), 4th Gerrard Hickey (c), 5th Paul Allen (c), 6th Garry Legg (c) 7th James Stuart (g), 8th Len Murfett (c), 9th Terry Noonan (w), 10th Peter Theodore (c). Fastest time Nick Kennedy (c) 41kmh.

A special thanks to race referee Richard Buckwell, all the marshals that helped and volunteered on the day. Diane Howdan for all her prep work in the kitchen and the race photos, Norma Phillips for her help in the kitchen. Shane Korth for the great raffle prize donation and lastly Dave Robinson for all his stress and worry setting the handicapping. And Hendry Cycles for their continued support of this event. Also we wish a speedy recovery to Andrew Baker who has a bit less skin after his very unlucky and unfortunate accident near the end of the race.

Criterium 23 October

With the usual southerly blowing and some very hot and determined racing made another great Thursday night. Three grades doing 35, 30 and 25 minutes + 2 laps.

A Grade had a very fast and tough race averaging over 38km/h with lots of attacks and riders getting away off the front. Rick Buckwell worked on getting the biggest lead with about 10 minutes to go. The rest of the bunch worked hard together and caught Rick with a lap and a half to go. Andrew Baker then got off the front making a very hard chase over the last lap and only being past in the final sprint to the finish line by Kane and Paul.

B Grade. David Spence thought he would start the fun with the first attack but blew up not long after. Then Carl Leahy and new riders Simon Whitcher and Darryl Sutter made a good brake from the rest of the bunch. With Marcus Coppock and Carl Judd doing there best to make the catch with no reward. Carl, Darryl and Simon stayed away for a well fought sprint finish with Darryl taking the win.

C & D Grade rode very solid averaging 34.7km They stayed together for most the race. Joe Gulino kept the pace high over the last two laps. Then Jim Knott started the sprint before the last corner and held on to win from Phil Preston and Paul Ryan.

A Grade:
1st Kane Airey, 2nd Paul Baretta, 3rd Andrew Baker. Other riders: Tony French, Dave Warren and Rick Buckwell.
B Grade:
1st Darryl Sutter, 2nd Simon Whitcher, 3rd Carl Leahy. Other riders: Carl Judd, Marcus Coppock, Mandy Hosking, David Spence, Peter McDonough.
C & D Grade:
1st Jim Knott, 2nd Phil Preston, 3rd Paul Ryan. Other riders: Joe Gulino, Barry Clay, John Hilsdon, Darren Williams, Phil Robinson

6pm register for 6.30 start next Thursday night, some more D Grade riders would be great. Sir Richard Buckwell will be mixing up the racing over the next few weeks. Thanks again Richard.
The Hendry Cycling sponsored combine race this Sunday 26th at Paraparap for a 10am start. If you are coming please bring a plate. If you haven’t entered please let Dave Robinson know today (24th) , he might still be taking late entries if you are nice and lucky.


Supervets Don Sutherland Trophy Race 22 October

On Wednesday October 22 Supervets raced for the Don Sutherland trophy over three laps of the Paraparap circuit. The day was fine and warm with a light breeze from the north west. This near perfect day provided ideal conditions for a keenly contested trophy race. The mid-markers once again did not disappoint with Gordon Spargo, Phil Preston and John Hilsdon making good their opportunities early in the third lap. They bridged the gap to the twelve minute bunch now swelling with riders from the front marks and included Mel White, Terry Robinson, John Bell, Ian Sumner and John Watson. Tony Spark also joined this group. As the pace quickened this group broke up into two bunches with the leaders picking up the pace and those able to match them were few. Brian Long who to this point had kept a low profile broke free and joined the stronger front bunch. First over the line was Phil Preston followed by Tony Spark and Brian Long.

Results: 1. P Preston, 2. T Spark, 3. B Long, 4. J Bell, 5. G Spargo, 6. K Mansfield, 7. J Hilsdon, 8. C Judd.

Fastest time: C Judd – 1.05.45


Criterium 16 October

First crit race for the 2014-15 criterium race season.
A quite cool and very strong southerly wind met all the keen riders for the first crit race of the season. Three grades doing 30, 25 and 20 minutes + 2 laps to get everyone warmed up and back into the groove.
A grade saw lots of the usual attacks and efforts through the first half of the race then everyone watching Rick Buckwell’s wheel. Dave Warren and Andrew Baker made the winning move and got a good gap with Rich Buckwell putting in a great effort over the last two laps to catch Dave with Andrew Baker staying away for a well deserved win.
B Grade had Carl x2 (Leahy and Judd) doing lots of attacks early. Then Jim Knott and trial rider Darryl Sutter broke away finishing off a very fast sprint.
C & D Grade rode very solid for most of the race staying together with a great sprint finish by Paul Ryan.
Well done to all and thanks to Richard Buckwell for refereeing the race.
A Grade:
1st Andrew Baker
2nd Rick Buckwell
3rd Dave Warren
B Grade:
1st Jim Knott
2nd Carl Judd
3rd Marcus Coppock
C & D Grade:
1st Paul Ryan
2nd Paul Bird
3rd Robin Smith

Supervets Criterium 15 October

On Wednesday October 15 GVCC Supervets hosted a Seniors Week cycling day out at the Belmont criterium track.

It was well attended by senior veteran club members and a number of interested people from the general public. All were able to ride on the track and enjoy a BBQ generously supplied by the Highton Rotary club members. A short graded track race was held under ideal conditions.


A grade, 1st C Judd, 2nd B McConnell.

B grade, 1st B Clay, 2nd M Hosking.

C grade, 1st P Preston, 2nd J Bell.


Supervets Handicap 8 October

Supervets once again took to the race track under near ideal conditions on Wednesday October 8. A light westerly wind prevailed. A larger field was pleasing and allowed for a few bunch contests. Rob Nicholls and Peter Ladd tested the back markers although responses from Laurie Fitzsimons, Barry Clay and Jeremy Tatchell were challenging and all overcoming a substantial time deficit to feature in a strong finish. Limit rider John Watson was given enough gap and was not headed.

Results: 1. J Watson, 2. R Nicholls, 3. B Clay, 4. P Ladd, 5. L Fitzsimons, 6. G Spargo, 7. J Tatchell, 8. T Spark.

Fastest time: R Nicholls 1.06.21


The Geelong Open 5 October

Scott Riddell outsprinted forty riders to take out the VVCC Geelong Veteran Cycling Open at Paraparap on Sunday October 5th. In the finish Scott, from the Northern Cycling, was too strong for Geelong’s Peter Wynne and Peter Livitsanis from Eureka Veterans. Scott rode with the nine minute group who proved to be the strongest group on the day, taking the lead less than 2000 metres from the finish.

Over one hundred riders. mild temperatures and a moderate south westerly breeze produced some very fast racing over the demanding 5 lap 61km course. The stronger groups were the middle mark groups from 9 to 16½ minutes. Earlier in the race the 9 minute group had caught the 11 minute group and the 14 minute group had rounded up the 16½ minute group on the third lap. These two groups came together on “Misery Lane” on the last lap, just managing to negotiate the chicane into Larcombes road where the riders then spread out across the road to contest the finish. Geelong riders filled eight of the first twenty placings.

Darren Roberts riding off scratch took out fastest time a minute fifteen behind his winning fellow Northern Cycling rider. Darren’s time was 1:29:06 at an average of 40.77 km/hr.

Results VVCC Geelong Open

1. Scott Riddell Northern 9min

2. Peter Wynne Geelong 16:30min

3. Peter Livitsanis Eureka 9min

4. Scott Denno Eureka 9min

5. Simon Hall Hume 11min

6. David Rae Warrnambool 9min

7. Brad Eppingstall Eureka 16:30min

8. Chris Fenech Geelong 11min

9. Barry Clay Geelong 11min

10. Mandy Hosking Geelong 16:30min


Supervets Handicap 1 October

On Wednesday 1 October Supervets rode a 37 kilometre race on the Paraparap circuit. The conditions were breezy from the north-west and some rain was encountered during the race. Poor fields plague us at the moment, so all you Supervets not racing come and join us of a Wednesday now that the winter is passing. Wednesday’s race once again favoured the middle groups who with sufficient time and pace were able to keep the backmarkers at bay. Consistent riding from Jeremy Tatchell, Gordon Spargo, Chris Colley and Barry Primmer caught and took charge of the 18 and 12 minute markers in the third lap. John Bell, Tony Spark and John Watson were able to stay with the pace-markers Jeremy Tatchell and Gordon Spargo and to go on and feature in the finish. David Pike finished a creditable eighth and fastest time;

Results: 1. J Tatchell, 2. J Watson, 3. J Bell, 4. T Spark, 5. B Primmer, 6. G Spargo, 7. C Colley, 8. D Pike.

Fastest time: David Pike – 1.04.50.


Handicap 28 September

In the longest and toughest race of the year limit rider Ken Mansfield pulled off a great victory. Ken rode 70 kilometres on his own in hot and extremely windy conditions on Sunday September 28 to win the inaugural “mountain top finish” handicap race. Riding off 55 minutes before scratch Ken held off the strong 12 minute group of Dave Spence, Vic Mason and Shane Korth to win by over 2 minutes. The tough conditions took its toll on the riders with over a third of the 33 starters failing to finish. Matthew McDonough recorded fastest time of 1:52:42 Ave 37.4km/hr
1.Ken Mansfield 2:44:57 Ave 25.5km/hr 2.Davis Spence 3.Vic Mason 4. Barry Clay 5. Shane Korth 6. Matthew McDonough 7.Dave Pike 8.Tony French 9.Jonathon Lacey (Eur) 10. Andrew Baker


Supervets Handicap 25 September

Supervets once again took to the race track under near to ideal conditions with a light breeze from the north. Small fields are currently dominating our numbers, but this aside some interesting racing unfolds each week. Yesterday saw a change to the back marks in a field without any recognised scratch men. David Phillips and Laurie Fitzsimons took up the challenge and acquitted themselves well as usual. The sixteen minute bunch led by Tony Spark, John Bell and Terry Robinson controlled the race and together with fifteen minute rider John Watson stayed away to cross the line well ahead of the rest of the field.


1. T Spark, 2. J Watson, 3. J Bell, 4. K Clarke, 5. R Buckwell, 6. J Tatchell.

Fastest time: L Fitzsimons – 1.03.53.


Scratch Race 21 September

Visiting riders scoped the pool in “A” grade at the Geelong Veterans Scratch races at Paraparap on Sunday September 21st.
34 riders split into 5 grades raced over distances of 4 laps, 49km for A,B & C grades and 3 laps, 37km for D & E grades at the Paraparap Hendy Main road circuit. Glorious sunny spring weather with a light south easterly encouraged spirited riding and quick times. A grade riders Scott Riddel and Trevor Coulterfrom from Northern Veterans got off to a flyer, riding off the front of the peloton and staying away from the chasing riders. Riddel took out the two man sprint with Justin Vincent from Warrnambool Veterans leading the rest home. It was a similar opening for B grade with Marcus Coppock and Michael Hartman getting away on the second lap. The difference was the chasing peloton successfully hunted the pair down on the last lap to ensure a bunch sprint finish. Mark Micalleff from Northern veterans winning from Coppock with Phil Tehan third. Ten evenly matched C grade riders could not be split up with only Dennis Sonogan able to ride off the front for a short time on the last lap. The finish came down to an eight man sprint with Paul Bird taking line honour from Terry Dwyer and Barry Clay. Only four riders contested D grade with Richard Buckwell out sprinting Ross West and the hard working Phil Preston. Sue Cox was too fast at the finish for Don Stuart in E grade.
A Grade: Scott Riddel (Northern), Trevor Coulter (Northern), Justin Vincent (Warrnambool) Ave 37.16 km/hr
B Grade: Mark Micalleff (Northern), Marcus Coppock, Phil Tehan (Northern) Ave 35.79 km/hr
C Grade: Paul Bird, Terry Dwyer (Northern), Barry Clay Ave 34.14 km/hr
D Grade: Richard Buckwell, Ross West, Phil Preston Ave 28.47 km/hr
E Grade: Sue Cox, Don Stuart Ave 24.56 km/hr


Supervets Handicap 17 September

Supervets raced a handicap event on Wednesday September 17 over 3 laps. The weather was overcast and at times raining. Ken Mansfield, Brian Long, and John Watson led the field off with a 15 minute gap to the back-markers. The backmarkers were in fine form and soon featured. Bill McConnell from 2.30 minutes powered through the whole field to win from David Pike and Carl Judd. Others to feature were Laurie Fitzsimons, Barry Clay and Tina Stenos.

Results: 1. B McConnell, 2. D Pike, 3. C Judd, 4. B Clay 5. L Fitzsimons 6. T Stenos.

Fastest time: D Pike – 1.08.15


Supervets Time Trial 10 September

On September 10, Supervets conducted a two lap time trial on the Paraparap circuit. The race was run under strong windy conditions from the north west.


1. C Judd 37.48, 2. D Barrett 38.05, 3. D Phillips 39.42, 4. L Fitzsimons 42.00, 5. T Stenos 42.53, 6. J Hilsdon 45.28, 7. P Preston 45.42, 8. K Clarke 46.55, 9. A Thornton 49.45, 10. R West 47.27, 11. J Watson 50.53, 12. K Mansfield 52.21.


Fathers Day Handicap 7 September

The shortest races are quite often the toughest. This race was no exception. Twenty five riders, thirty seven kilometres, three times around the Pararparap circuit, in absolutely perfect mild sunny conditions provided some very fast racing. Peter Wynne edged out James Stuart in a tight sprint finish for line honours.
Peter and James rode off 10½ minutes with John Hilsdon, Ross West and Atilla Harangozo and were the largest group, and the strongest. They easily reeled in the 14½ and 18 minute groups collecting John Bell along the way, but had to dig deep in the last few kilometres to catch the limit rider Ken Mansfield only a few hundred metres from the line. Once again Ken’s quest for victory was thwarted within sprinting distance of the finish line. The next group across the line was the 8½ minute group of Joe Gulino, Jim Knott and Paul Bird who rode a team time trial finishing a minute behind the winner but had not been caught by the back markers. With only a 2½ minute gap to the scratch group Carl Judd, Kane Airey, Nick Oakley and Neil Maurer rode a great race to hold off the scratch group. Fastest time was taken out by
scratch rider Steve Young who had combined with Carl Leahy and Barry Howden, to record an impressive time of 59:19 at an average of 37.43 km/hr.
1.P.Wynne 1:05:53 Ave 33.71, 2.J.Stuart, 3.J.Hilsdon, 4.Atilla Harangozo, 5.R.West, 6.K.Manfield, 7.J.Bell, 8.J.Gulino, 9.J.Knott, 10.P.Bird.

Supervets Handicap 3 September

On September 3 Supervets road a three lap handicap event at Paraparap. The day was near perfect for a road race with light winds and sunny conditions. The out-markers Andrew Kennon, Dale Jennings and Ken Mansfield held a time gap of 8.5 minutes to the middle marks and they proved to be hard to catch. The middle-markers of John Bell, Mel White, Tony Spark and Barry Primmer put out the challenge and within a lap had gathered in Brian Long and John Watson. This formed a strong chasing bunch. The following groups made little impression on the leaders, however, Phil Preston and Tina Stanos finished among the leaders. The field strung out in the final stages to the finish line and the field was unable to overtake limit man Ken Mansfield.

Results: 1. K Mansfield, 2. T Spark, 3. M White, 4. J Bell, 5. J Watson, 6. B Long, 7. T Stanos, 8. P Preston.

Fastest time: C Judd – 1.04.25.

Supervets Handicap 27 August

A smaller field than usual took to the circuit at Paraparap on August 27. The weather was fine and sunny after a heavy fog. The out-markers were given the opportunity to succeed and most of them took up the challenge. The seventeen minute pair of Barry Primmer and John Watson gathered up the 20 and 21 minute riders well into the second lap. The following bunch led by Phil Preston, Barry Clay and Richard Buckwell never did make up the time gap and the field finished in three separate groups approximately fifty seconds apart. Barry Primmer was first over the line from Ken Mansfield and Andrew Kennon.

Results: 1. B Primmer, 2. K Mansfield, 3. A Kennon, 4. J Watson, 5. B Long, 6. P Preston, 7. T Spark, 8. R Buckwell.

Fastest time: D Pike – 1.05.08


KVA Design Winter Sash Handicap 24 August

Five laps, finish in Larcombes Rd. 61km.
Kane Airey won a tight fought sprint finish with Malcolm Lloyd.
A strong field of 38 keen riders tackled the tough conditions with very strong westerly winds blowing.

Ken Mansfield started with 45 minutes and had done well over a lap by the time most of the other groups had started. With good size groups through the field most of them stayed together and worked well apart from a few riders who suffered in the conditions and were dropped by their respective groups. All the groups were holding their own with gradual gains being made early and mid way through the race. The super strong scratch group of Xavier Coppock, Steve Young, Dave Warren, Jeff Miller and Steven Richards where riding very well together and caught the 2nd scratch group near the club rooms on the third lap with Xavier and Steve doing very strong turns. The third scratch group was working very well making up good time up the road powering through the other mid field groups and then finally Ken halfway around the forth lap. With help from the 9.30 and some of the 14 minute groups this super group were the ones to catch with a lap to go with the flash of Xavier’s orange chasing hard and fast.

With half a lap to go the lead group had tiring riders sitting on and waiting for the finish with most of the work done by Phil Tehan (Northern), Malcolm and Kane. There were a couple of hard efforts up misery lane for the final time by Mark Prudie (Colac) and Dennis Sonogan who split the group into the chicane. Kane jumped the gun early to take the win for a long head wind sprint with a fast scrap with Malcolm with the lead swapping a couple of times over the last 300m. Xavier broke up the scratch and second scratch groups over the last lap to take fastest time.


1st Kane Airey. 1:43.20 (34.8km/h) 2nd Malcolm Lloyd, 3rd Mark Purdie (Colac), Nick Oakley, Mandy Hosking, Phil Tehan (Northern), Carl Judd, Jane Clifton (Colac), Marcus Coppock, Dennis Sonogan. Fastest time Xavier Coppock. 1:34.20 (38.5km/h)


Supervets Handicap 20 August

Conditions for the Supervets race on August 20 were perfect for racing with only a light wind from the south. Once again the field was robust for this time in the winter. The race was driven by the nine minute bunch namely John Hilsdon and Richard Buckwell. Meanwhile, Mel White, Barry Primmer, Ian Sumner and John Watson became one and set a good pace led by Barry. Richard and John joined the group and eventually overtook the outmarkers. John Hilsdon and Richard Buckwell once again rode away from the bunch leading to the finish line in that order. The backmarkers were unable to make up the deficit but David Pike proved his worth from scratch finishing with a new record ride.


1. J Hilsdon, 2. R Buckwell, 3. I Sumner, 4. J Watson, 5. M White, 6. B Primmer, 7. D Pike, 8. R Nicholls.

Fastest time: D Pike – 1.03.39.

Handicap 17 August

Rory Wilson Appeal Race
In support of the Rory Wilson Appeal The Geelong Veteran Cycling Club held a 49 kilometre handicap race on Sunday August 17. Thirty riders raced 49 kilometres out and back both Blackgate and Forest roads at Paraparap. Mild but cloudy conditions greeted the starters as the limit riders of Ian Sumner and Brian Long set out 26 minutes before the scratch group of Rick Buckwell, Dave Warren, Steve Young, Steven Richards, Andrew Goodwin and Jeff Miller. The other five groups were sent off at intervals between these two groups. Many of these groups had come together by the turnaround in Forest road with the scratch riders forming the main peloton with the 3 and 7 minute groups, the 10½ and the 13½ minute groups had combined as a chasing group and John Bell had caught the limit riders to form the leading trio. This trio held off the field, just, with John Bell having started 4 minutes behind the limit riders, riding off the front in Hendy Main road to record a strong win. The combined 10½ and 13½ minute groups powered by Joe Gulino and Dave Phillips narrowly held off the rampaging peloton to take the minor placings. Rick Buckwell took out fastest time of 1:13:10 Ave 40.2.
1.J.Bell 1:32:24 Ave 31.9, 2.B.Long, 3.I.Sumner, 4.P.Bird, 5.J.Hilsdon, 6.B.Clay, 7.J.Gulino, 8.D.Phillips, 9.J.Knott, 10.R.West.

Entry fees, prize money and donations totalling $858 were raised in support of the Rory Wilson Future Fund.


Supervets Handicap 13 August

On Wednesday August 13 Supervets raced over three laps of the Paraparap circuit. The weather was mostly fine with a cool steady breeze from the south west. Much of the drive during the race came from the middle markers with some strong support from back markers Laurie Fitzsimons and Rob Nicholls. A strong group namely Tina Stenos, Barry Clay and Alan Pescott gathered up the remnants of the field to form a very representative finish. Barry Clay proved the stronger on the day from Tina Stenos and Laurie Fitzsimons. Carl Judd recorded a creditable fastest time.


1. B Clay, 2. T Stenos, 3. L Fitzsimons, 4. R Buckwell, 5. A Pescott, 6. T Spark, 7. K Mansfield, 8. D Jennings.

Fastest time: C Judd – 1.04.36


Handicap 10 August

Out and Back Forest & Nobles Rd’s plus one lap, finish in Larcombes Rd. 50km.
Xavier Coppock finished very strong to take a well deserved win from scratch.
A field of 24 committed looking riders tackled the chilly winter conditions with wet roads from earlier rain.

Ken Mansfield started quite early with the handicapper giving him a generous starting time of 38 minutes. Ken was well up the road when the other middle marker groups started their chase. Most of these groups working together till they started onto Larcombes Rd for the second time. The strapping scratch group of Xavier Coppock, Rick Buckwell, Dave Warren, Jeff Miller and Steven Richards where riding very well together and caught the 2nd scratch group not long after the Forest Rd turn around. These two groups combined well for the rest of the race. With some of the middle groups starting to break up on the way out Nobles Rd the combined scratch group started reeling, catching and passing all these riders, except for Vic Mason from the 10min group who finished very well till the end.

Ken still had 2.30 lead at the Forrest and Gray’s Rd Corner with a big bunch hunting him down, the result for Ken was inevitable being caught at the clubroom bend. Rick Buckwell did his usual solid finish up misery lane dragging the rest of the large leading group along. Xavier Coppock put in one final effort in Larcombe’s Rd to break away for a well earned win with a close finish for the rest of the placings.


1st and fastest time Xavier Coppock. 1:20.06 (37.47km/h) 2nd Carl Leahy, 3rd Tim Meaden, Dave Warren, Carl Judd, Nick Oakley, Rick Buckwell, Jeff Miller, Vic Mason, Steven Richards.


Supervets Time Trial 6 August

On August 6, Supervets conducted a two lap time trial on the Paraparap circuit. The race was run under windy but fine conditions.

Results: 1. B McConnell – 38.3, 2. C Judd – 38.7, 3. D Sonogan – 39.21, 4. D Barrett – 39.43, 5. D Pike – 40.40, 6. J Bell – 47.07, 7. R West – 48.21, 8. B Clay – 48.59, 9. M White – 48.80, 10. T Robinson – 51.22, 11. I Sumner – 52.07, 12. K Mansfield – 53.20, 13. J Watson – 53.56, 14. B Farrell – 54.30, 15. D Jennings – 58.16.


Scratch Race 3 August

A freezing cold morning for 27 Geelong Veteran Cyclists competing in five scratch race groups at Paraparap on Sunday August 3. The temperature had crawled to 4 degrees and the wind a cold westerly but the sky was blue at 9:30 when the five groups set off out Forest road and returned to do two laps of the Hendy main road circuit for A to C grades (47km) or one lap for D and E grades (36km). Andrew Baker tried to go alone in A grade and it took all of the strength of the six man group to bring him back. Steve Young took out the sprint finish. A strong ride by Tim Meadon saw him take out B grade with Dave Spence and Mandy Hosking in a tight finish for the minor placings. Brad Keating was the strongest in C grade taking many solo flights off the front off the eight man group only to be dragged back in. Brad was too strong in the sprint finish as well.
A grade: S.Young, C.Leahy, K.Airey
B grade: T.Meadon, D.Spence, M.Hosking
C grade: B.Keating, P.Bird, B.Clay
D grade: J.Bell
E grade: A.Kennon


Supervets Handicap 30 July

Supervets raced on Wednesday July 30 over three laps of the Paraparap circuit under strong north westerly winds. It was pleasing however to see the numbers improving on past weeks despite the weather conditions. The race unfolded into a show of strength from the middle markers. John Hilsdon from 5 minutes rode a strong race alongside the back markers David Pike, Rob Nicholls and Carl Judd. The five and nine minute bunches were not to be easybeats however and John Bell led a strong bunch up Forrest Road in the final lap. He was well supported by the ever reliable Ross West, Tony Spark, and Barry Clay. The welcome return of Richard Buckwell added his usual strength and competitiveness as the bunch headed into the wind and the finish line. David Pike was the first over the line from Rob Nicholls and John Hilsdon. We welcome the return of David Pike, Rob Nicholls and Richard Buckwell to our Wednesday races.

Results: 1. D Pike, 2. R Nicholls, 3. J Hilsdon, 4. C Judd, 5. R West, 6. T Spark, 7. J Bell, 8. B Clay.

Fastest time: D Pike – 1.08.52.


Handicap 27 July

A cool but sunny day with a strengthening north westerly breeze for the Geelong Veterans racing on Sunday July 26 at Paraparap. Forty-nine kilometres composed of three laps of the Hendy Main road circuit and a journey out to the Nobles road hill. Alan Pescott, after losing co-marker Ian Sumner, rode almost half the race on his own, holding off nearly the entire field at the finish in Larcombes road to record a popular win. Alan was just fifty seconds ahead of the twelve and half minute group of Joe Gulino, Dave Phillips, Ross West and Paul Bird who had held off the nine minute group and the chasing peloton formed by the two and a half and six minute groups. The scratch group of Rick Buckwell, Dave Warren, Steve Young, Jeff Miller and Steve Richard lost momentum when Rick punctured handing fastest time by a margin of 24 seconds to Paul Beretta from the two and a half minute group.
A.Pescott 1:38:43 Ave 29.9, R.West, P.Bird, D,Phillips, J.Gulino, S.Korth, J.Stuart, C.Fenech, J.Parrello. K.Airey. Fast time P.Beretta 1:19:19 Ave 37.2

Full Results



Supervets Handicap 23 July

Another cold and foggy day greeted the riders in the Supervets handicap on Wednesday 23 July. The weather conditions once again contributed to a reduction in numbers. Backmarkers Carl Judd and Laurie Fitzsimons worked hard to overcome the time gap, with strong rides from Tina Stenos and Ross West contributing to the success of this group. Carl and Laurie once again showed their ability to overcome substantial handicap deficits and to finish in the top placings.


1. C Judd, 2. T Stenos, 3. R West, 4. L Fitzsimons, 5. I Sumner.

Fastest time: C Judd – 1.06.

Next week’s race will be a scratch race over 3 laps.


Ross West and Jim Knott share the lead in 2014 Ray Aldridge Aggregate

Jim Knott’s great results over the last three races has moved him into joint leadership of the 2014 Aggregate with the ever consistent Ross Wests. They are closely followed by Rick Buckwell in third and Mandy Hosking is joint fourth with David Warren after her win on Sunday.

Full results see below

G V C C 2014 AGGREGATE 20 Jul


Handicap 20 July

Cold but fine mid winter conditions for the 27 racing cyclists at Paraparap on Sunday July 20. Forty-six kilometres out and back on Forest road and two laps of the Hendy Main road circuit was ahead of loan limit rider Ken Mansfield when he was waved from the start line 35 minutes ahead of the four scratch riders Richard Lyle, Brad Haskett, Steve Richards and Andrew Baker. Of the other five groups the 8 and a half minute group of Robbie Nicholls, Dennis Sonogan, Mandy Hosking and Jim Knott was the strongest riding through the 12 minute and 18 and a half minute groups before passing Ken Mansfield close to the finish. Mandy Hosking was the quickest in the sprint to the line to take the win. The scratch group had collected the 2 minute group very early on Forest road and the five minute group on the final ascent of the Forest road hill to assemble a powerful peloton which just failed to catch the group lead home by Mandy.
Veteran Cycling has a policy of allowing interested first time racing cyclists a “free” trial ride in a race. Today two trial riders John Parrello and Brian Weppner raced with John riding from the 12 minute group crossing the finish line first. As these riders are not club members they were not included in the results.

M.Hosking 1:19:00 Ave 34.9 km/hr, J.Knott, T.Stenos, D.Sonogan, C.Leahy, K.Airey, B.Haskett, A.Baker, M.Coppock. S.Richards.
Fastest time B.Haskett 1:10:57 Ave 39.1 km/hr

Results 20 jul


Supervets Handicap 16 July

Yesterday Geelong Supervets staged a three lap handicap event under fine but windy conditions. No doubt our current weather conditions are contributing to the small fields we are experiencing. The race was restricted to small bunches making it harder for the back markers. However, Laurie Fitzsimons, Dave Phillips and Dennis Sonogan overcame an eleven minute deficit to lead the race in the final stages filling the first three places. Strong rides from Tony Spark, Ross West and John Bell filled the minor places.

Results: 1. L Fitzsimons, 2. D Phillips, 3. D Sonogan, 4. T Spark, 5. R West, 6. J Bell, 7. T Stenos, 8. I Sumner.

Handicap 6 July

Sunday July 6 saw 27 racing cyclists negotiate four laps of a rain lashed Paraparap circuit, a total distance of 49 kilometres. The tough conditions demanded smooth riding and none were better than the 16 minute group. John Hilsdon, Ross West, Phillip Preston and Tina Stenos consistently swapped silky smooth turns to easily reel in the limit riders and hold off the five chasing groups. In the sprint to the new finish line in Larcombes road John Hilsdon was gifted a beautiful lead out from Phil Preston to record his first win of the year.

With a lap to go the race was wide open. The scratch riders of Rick Buckwell, Richard Lyle, Andrew Goodwin, Jeff Miller and Barry Howden were five minutes behind the leaders having collected the second scratch group and the four and eight minute groups. The 12 minutes group of Dennis Sonogan, Jim Knott and Paul Bird had lost Dave Phillips but had the leaders in sight flying down Grays road with the tailwind. All their efforts were in vain though as the 16 minute crossed the finish line a minute ahead of the chasing 12 minute group. This group had been caught by Rick Buckwell who had taken a flyer off the front of the chasing peloton.


J.Hilsdon 1:33:43 Ave 31.46, R.West, P.Preston, T.Stenos, J.Knott, D.Sonogan, R.Buckwell f/t 1:18:48 Ave 37.46, P.Bird, B.Howden, C.Leahy.


Supervets Time Trial 2 July

Geelong Supervets conducted an individual time trial on the Paraparap circuit on Wednesday July 2. Conditions were very favourable with only a light breeze. Results were pleasing to most riders and many set new standard times to pursue in the future.

Results: 1. C Judd 37.11, 2. D Sonogan 38.38, 3. M Hosking 40.30, 4. D Phillips 41.50, 5. R Clifford 45.11, 6. T Stenos 45.12, 7. J Bell 45.21, 8. T Spark 46.12, 9. B Clay 46.19, 10. P Preston 46.24, 11. I Walker 48.40, 12. K Mansfield 52.34, 13. P Cox 62.13.

Handicap 29 June

The worst conditions of the year for sixteen veteran cyclists on Sunday June 29 at Paraparap. Cold, wet and windy conditions prevailed for the 50 km race over four laps of the Pararparap circuit.
The four scratch men were slowed by the early puncture to Dave Warren, even so they finished only 24 seconds behind the combined 6 and 11 minute bunches with Brad Keating taking line honours. The six minute group of Neil Maurer, Vic Mason, Mandy Hosking and Dave Spence were the strongest in the trying conditions, reeling in the front groups and taking Brad Keating, Jim Knott and Chris Colley with them.
1.B.Keating 11:00, 2.N.Maurer 6:00, 3.J.Knott 11:00, 4.C.Colley 11:00, 5.J.Bell 22:00, 6.C.Judd Scr, 7.J.Miller Scr, 8.N.Oakley Scr, 9.T.Robinson 22:00, 10.D.Philipps 11:00. Fastest time 1:25:03 Ave35.28 C. Judd.


Supervets Handicap 25 June

Yesterday Supervets rode a three lap handicap event. Unfortunately the weather conditions were not favourable hence the fall off in race numbers. A small field did however form into a very competitive event despite a strong breeze from the north west. Carl Judd and Peter Ladd from scratch joined the two minute bunch in the first lap and set the pace for the remainder of the race. The duo of Ross West and Chris Colley added their strength to the pursuit of the outmarkers overcoming the deficit with Chris Colley dominating the finish from Ross West and Carl Judd.

Results: 1. C Colley, 2. R West, 3. C Judd, 4. D Sonogan, 5. P Ladd, 6. D Phillips.

Fastest time: C Judd – 59.20.

Next week’s race will be a time trial over two laps weather permitting. Entries by 9.30 please.


Aggregate @ 22 June

With 1 win and 2 seconds Rick Buckwell lead the 2014 aggregate by 1 point to fellow scratch man David Warren.

Top 5 is:

Rick Buckwell 24

David Warren 23

Ross West 18

Paul Bird 17

Terry Robinson 16

Full Details


Handicap 22 June

Scratch man Richard Lyle recorded his maiden club race win when he out sprinted the combined three back marker groups to win the 50 kilometre handicap race on Sunday June 22.
Conditions were cold but fine and sunny as 30 veteran cyclists set off in seven groups with Phil Cox the lone limit rider off 30 minutes. The pace was hot at the back of the race with the 5 man scratch group reeling in the second scratch group of Jeff Miller, Carl Leahy, Marcus Coppock and Steve Young on the second lap of the four lap course at Paraparap. With this extra fire power they hunted down the 5 minute group on the third lap and scorched part the remaining intact groups, the 10 and 14 minute on the final ascent of the Forest road hill, still 12 kilometres from the finish. Only the dogged John Bell, who had ridden the last two laps on his own, resisted but was swept past less than one kilometre from the chequered flag.

R. Lyle 1:17:24 Ave 38.83, R.Buckwell, D. Warren, S. Young, X.Coppock, N.Oakley, J.Miller, M.Lloyd, M.Coppock, J.Bell.

Full Results

Supervets Handicap 18 June

On Wednesday June 18 Supervets raced three laps of the Paraparap circuit under cool but ideal conditions for a bike race. Once again we fielded 21 riders competing in seven groups and again a close finish could have been predicted. A strong group namely the four minute markers set a lively pace and drove the race. Phil Preston, Dave Phillips and Ross West joined the seven minute riders and the pace went up a notch. Close on their tail were the backmarkers Carl Judd and Peter Ladd who were not going to be denied a slice of the placings. A large bunch formed from most of the field in the final lap. First over the line was Carl Judd followed by Dave Phillips, Ray Clifford and Peter Ladd. Phil Preston despite an adjusted handicap performed well once again.

Results: 1. C Judd, 2. D Phillips, 3. R Clifford, 4. P Ladd, 5. B Clay, 6. P Preston, 7. J Hilsdon, 8. L Fitzsimons.

Fastest time: C Judd – 56.53.

Scratch Race 15 June

A wet morning at Paraparap kept numbers down but not the keen racing in the three scratch races on Sunday June 15th. Nineteen riders splashed their way out back both Forest and Nobles roads finishing their 41km drenching in Larcombes road. A grade was keenly contested by 10 riders with Carl Leahy getting the better of Dave Warren and the perennial Jeff Miller. A smaller field in C grade saw Joe Gulino lead out the sprint specialist Jim Knott with the dogged Ross West third. In D grade a first up win for Barry Clay ahead of John Bell with Terry Robinson rounding out the place getters.
Next weeks racing is a handicapped race at Paraparap.

Full Results

Super Vets 11 June

On Wednesday June 11 Supervets raced the Paraparap circuit under ideal winter conditions. The race was fast from the start and the handicapper had crafted the bunches to assure a close finish. A three minute gap to the back markers did not deter Laurie Fitzsimons and Bill McConnell from their progress through the field, together with David Phillips and Ross West. Phil Preston showed his worth once more and in the final lap by clearing the line first from John Hilsdon. He was followed closely by Ray Clifford and Barry Clay.

Results: 1. P Preston, 2. J Hilsdon, 3. R Clifford, 4. B Clay, 5. L Fitzsimons, 6. J Bell, 7. R West, 8. D Phillips.

Fastest time: L Fitzsimons – 56.56.


Super Vets 28 May

A scratch race on May 28 was well represented and 22 riders took to the circuit. The wind was from the north west in otherwise perfect racing conditions and a larger field than last week was very pleasing. A grades were split into suitable workable bunches and the leaders in each group showed good form.

A grade – 1. C Judd, 2. L Fitzsimons, 3. P Ladd.
B grade – 1. K Clarke, 2. C Colley, 3. R West.
C grade – 1. T Robinson, 2. J Watson, 3. I Sumner.
D grade – 1. D Jennings, 2. B Long, 3. J Randall.


Handicap 4 May

It was a tough day for Geelong Veteran Cycling Club members on Sunday May 4, with the temperature only just reaching double figures and constant rain squalls making racing hazardous. A small but enthusiastic field raced 50 kilometres over four laps of the Paraparap course finishing in Larcombes road. Riding off scratch Steve Young, in his first race for the year, took out the scratch bunch sprint finish. It was always going to be a difficult day for the out markers, but John Bell starting off with Ian Sumner, put in a great ride, being caught with only half a lap to go by Jim Knott and Dave Phillips. Jim tried in vain to hold off the fast advancing scratch group, being overrun in the final stretch of Larcombes road. More than a third of the starters failed to finish due to the cold, wet and windy conditions.

S. Young (first and fastest time 1:21:49 Ave 36.81), A. French, A. Baker, D. Warren, C. Leahy, S. Richards, J. Knott, D. Phillips, T.Tingiri, J.Bell.


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

The Geelong Veteran Cyclists were back racing at Paraparap on Sunday April 27 after a successful Easter of racing at the annual championships at Maryborough. A forty-nine kilometre handicap race out and back Blackgate and Forest roads with the finish in Larcombs road was the task for the smallish field split into 8 groups. The middle markers again dominated with Chris Colley out sprinting Ross West in a tight two man finish. Riding off a handicap of 13 minutes Chris and Ross lost John Hilsdon but were assisted by Terry Robinson and riders from groups caught as they progressed to taking the lead of the race. The scratch riders had a tough day finishing four minutes adrift of the winner but Nick Brown still secured fastest time finishing on his own.

C.Colley 1:29:21 Ave 32.95, R.West, T.Robinson, C.Judd, P.Tehan, B.Howden, K.Manfield.
Fastest Time N.Brown 1:20:22 Ave 36.64


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

The Geelong Veterans cycle race provided an enthralling battle between father and son with the younger Rick Buckwell proving to be too strong for his father Richard in the last kilometre.
Typical mild Autumn conditions and a light easterly breeze greeted the twenty one riders on the journey of 52 kilometres at Paraparap on Sunday April 13th. The race included both Forest and Nobles roads and a lap of the Hendy Main road circuit finishing in Larcombes road. The thirty minute limit riders of Leigh Johnston and Ken Mansfield were a great carrot for the pursuing field and were not caught until inside the last five kilometres by the peloton led by the 12 and a half minute group of Richard Buckwell senior, Ross West and Paul Bird. Back in the race the three man scratch group of Rick Buckwell, Brad Haskett and Dave Warren had powered through the field and had the leading peloton in their sights. At the clubrooms in Hendy Main road Rick Buckwell launched his assault to drag in his father who was trying to drive his group to victory. This assault was successful and the scratch men were on the back of the leading group a kilometre from the finish. The young Rick Buckwell then powered off the front of the group to record his maiden handicap race win with only Dave Warren able to hold his wheel.

First and fastest Rick Buckwell in 1hr 21 min 34 sec., Dave Warren, Paul Bird, Ross West, Richard Buckwell snr, Brad Haskett, Robbie Nicholls, Ian Sumner, Leigh Johnston.


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

On Sunday April 6th 22 veteran cyclists competed against the clock in a 25 kilometre time trial on Forest road at Paraparap. A strengthening easterly wind made conditions more difficult for the riders who rode off later in the morning. Even so some very impressive times were recorded when measured against the age adjusted standard. Nick Grainger visiting from Central Veterans recorded the best age adjusted time of 7 minutes 23 seconds better than standard and an elapsed time of 36:01. Fastest time was 35:52 by Colac rider Ben Culton.

Final results:

1st Nick Grainger (C/V) -7:23 36:01
2nd Bill McConnell -6:38 39:28
3rd Dennis Sonogan -5:42 39:18
4th Doug Barrett -5:12 38:31
5th Ben Culton (Colac) -4:44 35:52
6th Marcus Coppock -3:51 38:58
7th Peter Ladd -3:31 40:03
8th Carl Judd -3:24 39:51
9th Mandy Hosking -2:58 40:47
10th Nick Kenndy (Colac) -2:42 37:54

Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

Sunday March 30th was another perfect day on the Surf Coast at Paraparap for the Geelong Veteran racing cyclists with lights winds and mild conditions. The 25 starters were sent off in seven groups for the journey twice out and back to the sharp hill on Nobles road, a distance of 51 kilometres. Phil Tehan visiting from the Northern Veterans edged out Nick Oakley in a tight sprint finish. Phil riding off seven and a half minutes with Dave Spence, Robbie Nicholls and Jim Knott were caught early in the race by the fast paced five minute group of Nick Oakley, Neil Maurer, Chris Fenech and Dave Warren to form the winning peloton. Averaging 36 km/hr for the race the peloton reeled in the limit riders of Phil Robinson and Don Stuart more than five kilometres from the finish and held off the chasing second scratch group to record a well earned win.

P.Tehan (Northern Vets) 1:25:02, N.Oakley, D.Warren, N.Maurer, D.Spence, C.Fenech, P.Bird, J.Knott, R.West, P.Wynne.
Fastest time R.Buckwell 1:20:46


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

With a large number of riders attending the Central Vets race at Woodstock and other long weekend events, scratch races were the order of the day at Paraparap on Sunday March 9. Eighteen riders spilt into four groups raced 38km on Forest road, negotiating the Forest road hills in both directions and finishing in Hendy Main road. Nothing less than perfect conditions greeted the riders with blue skies and a light north easterly breeze.
Most interest was in A grade where nine riders set an average speed of over 38 kilometres per hour. Attack after attack splintered the group and eventually saw Andrew Baker and Colac rider Ben Culton break away on the last ascent of the Forest road hill, Baker taking out the sprint finish. In C grade a smaller group of five riders lost Dennis Sonogan early with a mechanical problem, the group then fractured on the first ascent in Forest road where Paul Bird and Andy Schep escaped from James Stuart and Kim Collins. There were only two riders in each D and E grades.

A Grade
1. A.Baker
2. B.Culton (Colac)
3. D.Spence

C Grade
1. A.Schep
2. P.Bird
3. J.Stuart

D Grade
1. I.Sumner
2. R.Edwards

E Grade
1. D.Stuart
2. K.Mansfield


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

A brilliant ride by the limit group of riders all aged in their seventies or eighties set up the win for John Bell in the Geelong Veterans cycling race at Paraparap on Sunday March 2nd.
Thirty two riders split into seven group took the starters orders travelling out to turnarounds in both Forest and Nobles roads and finishing in Hendy Main road, a distance of 46 kilometres. Age did not weary these bike riders, as the twenty minute limit group of John Bell, Brian Long, Ian Sumner and Terry Robinson worked “as smooth as silk” to always have the race in their keeping. Fifteen kilometres from home they had a lead of five minutes, enough to keep the chasing combined 9 1/2 and 12 1/2 minute groups at bay. At the back of the race the scratch group had picked up the 2 and 4 1/2 minute groups to form a powerful combination powering their way through all of the rest of the field by two kilometres from home. It was all in vain though, as the winning group were crossing the finish line over a minute and a half ahead in Hendy Main road.

J.Bell 1:25:45 Ave 32.3 km/hr, B.Long, I.Sumner, T.Robinson, K.Airey, R.Lyle, E.Ziedaitis, M.Coppock, R.Buckwell, B.Howden
Fastest time K.Airey 1:07:35 Ave 40.9 km/hr.


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

A perfect race day was provided for the Geelong Veterans at Pararparap on Sunday February 23, with a light south easterly breeze and cool conditions. The middle mark nine minute group of seven riders combined well together to take the race lead just 3 kilometres from the finish and set up James Stuart from the 13 minute group, who had been swept up in Forest road, for a sprint finish win.
A good field of 38 starters once again journeyed out Forest road to the Anglesea road and back to Larcombes road with the finish in Hendy Main road, a distance of 38 kilometres. Mid race Ralph Edwards from the 20 minute group looked to have the race in his keeping leaving his co-markers and setting a high pace. It took the nine minute group of Joe Gulino, Lance Rogers, Paul Bird, Dennis Sonogan, Jim Knott, Andy Schep and first time rider Peter King until the final ascent of the Forest road hill to reel in the 13 minute group who had fractured to just three riders. Working a cracking pace down Grays road to catch Ralph and hold off the fast approaching 5 and half minute group the winning group turned into Hendy Main road, two kilometres from the finish, in control of the bike race. A congested sprint finish of eleven riders provided an exciting finish to the race.

Final results:

1st J. Stuart Time 1:02:09
2nd P.Bird
3rd K.Collins
4th J.Knott
5th A.Schep
6th R.West
7th J.Gulino
8th D.Petersen
9th R.Edwards
10th D.Warren
Fastest Time R.Buckwell Time 56:33

Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

The Geelong Veteran Cycling Club were back in action last Sunday February 16 after an unprecedented two weeks of cancelled racing due to the hot conditions. Five scratch races at Paraparap were the order of the day with 31 riders traveling out Forest road and finishing in Hendy Main road a distance of 38 kilometres. Most of the groups kept together with the two standout results of the day being a third placing to the 90 year old Bill Mantova in E grade and the high pace set by C grade which was as fast as A grade.

A Grade
1. K.Airey 1:07:00
2. A.Goodwin
3. M.Coppock

B Grade
1. C.Fenech 1:09:43
2. M.Hartman (Northern vets)
3. N.Jeffs

C Grade
1. P.Wynne 1:07:15
2. D.Phillips
3. P.Bird

D Grade
1. J.Stuart 1:14:10
2. K.Collins
3. B.Long

E Grade
1. D.Stuart 1:22:56
2. K.Mansfield
3. B.Mantova


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

The trio of scratch men, Nick Kennedy, Rick Buckwell and Ben Culton put in impressive performance in the Australia Day Handicap powering their way through the field. Visiting Colac rider Nick Kennedy put in a sustained sprint to take the winners honour.
A strong field of 35 riders assembled last Sunday to tackle the 49 kilometre course of three laps of the Paraparap circuit and a trip out Nobles road to the finish in Larcombes road, heading East. A North Easterly breeze blowing at 15 to 25 km/hr aided the stronger bunches. Within two laps (23 km) the scratch trio had reeled in the 2:30, 5:00 and 9:00 minute bunches with only the 13:00, 20:00 and 30:00 minute bunches to catch. The 30 minute limit bunch was swallowed up quickly and the 13:00 minute bunch was caught on the climb in Nobles road. The scratch men,their assistants and anybody who could hang on hit the lead in Larcombes road to record the first handicap race win of the 2014 season.

N.Kennedy (C) 1:13:16, R.Buckwell, N.Brown (C), C.Judd, E.Ziedaitis, A.Baker, D.Warren, B.Culton (C), A.Smith, K.Collins.


Geelong Veteran Cycling Club

The Geelong Veteran Cycling Club are back road racing in 2014. The first series of road races was raced over three or four laps of the Paraparap circuit on Sunday January 19. The field of 25 riders was spilt into 4 grades with A and C grades travelling 51 kilometres and D and E grades 39. kilometres. No B grade race was held.

A Grade
1. A.French
2. N.Brown
3. E.Ziedaitis

C Grade
1. J.Knott
2. J.Gulino
3. R.Nicholls

D Grade
1. D.Petersen
2. D.Tonkin
3. T.Robinson

E Grade
1. K.Mansfield
2. W.Mantova