Updated: Oct 20, 2021
A BIG crowd of cyclists, family and friends flooded into Newbridge on Saturday to celebrate John Corry’s 90th birthday.
The family put a lot of time, effort and money into the Central Victorian Veterans’ Cyc-ling Club event
Unfortunately, some riders didn’t make it to the start line due to recent COVVID restrictions for travellers from Brisbane, and floods in New South Wales.
Despite these tribulations, close to 30 riders lined up for the 52km handicap of two laps of the Newbridge-Tarnagulla-Laanecoorie loop.
The sprint prize on offer after the first lap proved to be too much of a temptation for Ken Lacey who took the cash by the smallest of margins from Di Jane and then promptly lost touch with the bunch.
The complexion of the race changed when Eureka visitor Sharon Boyd rode away from her second limit bunch on the first lap, went straight past limit at Tarnagulla the second time around and disappeared into the distance.
From then on it was a scramble for minor placings.
At the back of the field, scratch caught the five-minute group on the second lap.
But they didn’t see anyone else until the birthday celebrations were in full swing.
The seven and 10s came together after 40km but they too had a lonely ride to the finish.
Sharon Boyd (23 min) went solo to the line for an impressive victory.
The remnants of limit stayed clear until the last few metres when they were caught by the 19 and 23 minute bunches.
Aileen O’Brien (28 min) and Terry O’Brien (28 min) fought off the chasers to fill the minor places, followed home by Ray Colwell (19 min) , John Weir (19 min) and Di Jane (28 min).
Brent Gibson led the scratch bunch home a few minutes later to record fastest time.
At the after-race celebrations, the Newbridge local Jack Corry reeled off more than a dozen names of people in attendance who he’d ridden with in his 70-plus years of bike racing - what an amazing achievement and the race a great birthday celebration.