On July 1 Supervets held a three lap circuit race at Paraparap. Twenty-one riders took to the course and weather was cold with a nasty westerly which gained momentum as the race progressed. Dale Jennings and Ken Mansfield were the first away with a nineteen minute gap to the back-markers Carl Judd, Peter Ladd and Roger Cronk. They proved to be a strong working group and pursued the field confidently from the start. The six and nine minute bunches we absorbed in the second lap and this helped to form what could have been a strong chasing group. Individual riders such as Peter McWalters, Gary Legg and Barry Clay contributed to the chase. Meanwhile the fourteen minute bunch of Colin Hooper, John Watson and Ray Hodgson worked better than most and at Jack’s Corner in the final lap they led the field by about two minutes. They remained together up Misery Lane into the strong breeze and the chasing field were unable to bridge the gap. Ray Hodgson won the sprint over the line from Colin Hooper closely followed by John Watson.
Results: 1. R Hodgson, 2. C Hooper, 3. J Watson, 4. P Ladd, 5. C Judd, 6. P McWalters, 7. R Cronk, 8. B Clay.
Fastest time: P Ladd – 1.06.15
Next week’s race will be time trial over two laps of the Paraparap course. Entries by 9.30 please.