2020 Results

December 27th – No Racing – Christmas Break.

December 20th – No Racing – Christmas Break.

It was a perfect day for a bike race, great weather, great course, and lots of smiling happy faces!! The Evandale – Deddington return circuit is always challenging and today was no exception. As this was our last race of the season, we enjoyed some delicious pizza and cold refreshments (thanks Scott) from Pizza Capers.
We also wrapped up the Team’s competition today. Congratulations to the NVCC Team who consistently performed throughout the competition for a well-deserved victory. A big shoutout to Alex Robinson and the Josh Hart – One Agency Team for their support.
I wanted to personally thank everyone at the club, this year has been challenging in many ways, yet we continue to enjoy our Sunday races. Our dedicated volunteers and supportive partners allow us to continue to do what we love, race our bikes with a GREAT group of people, chappeau to all of you! Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you! ❤️
Keith Gibson

Today’s results:
A Grade:
1st – Paul Butler
2nd – Baden Brown
3rd – Greig Watson
B Grade:
1st – Nic Eastley
2nd – James Nevin
3rd – Nathan Brown
C Grade:
1st – Doug Blackaby
2nd – Paul Headlam
3rd – Nick Lawrence
E Grade:
1st – Leigh Pridmore
2nd – Peter Dadson
F Grade:
1st – Phil Stevenson
2nd – Diane Ottaway

NVCC was today proud to present the 2020 Blackwood Creek Graham Kearney memorial handicap; our final feature race of the year, over 72kms, and generously sponsored by Doric Engineering.
33 riders greeted the starter on what was possibly one of the windiest days since the last very windy day. Conditions were brutal with the gale force Northwesterly a constant presence, with frequent strong gusts making it hard to stay upright. The rate of attrition was high, with only about half of the field completing the 2nd & final lap of the Armstrong’s Lane circuit.
A two man breakaway from the second scratch bunch must have worked very well together to ride through the rest of the field, catching & passing the select front bunch of mainly C & D grade riders about 3km from home on the final rise of Armstrong’s Lane. In the 2-up sprint, Paul Butler had the edge over Scott Schilg. Ricky Allen who had worked his socks off all day, was the best of the rest, very closely followed across the line by Phil Jarvie & Caroline Mclachlan, who rounded out the top 5. Though he was beaten to the line by the wife, George McLachlan can be satisfied with taking out fastest time off scratch. Not sure who has the bragging rights In the McLachlan household this week!?
Congratulations to all our riders for competing on a day when it would have been so much easier to stay home on the couch.
1st Paul Butler
2nd Scott Schilg
3rd Ricky Allen
4th Phil Jarvie
5th Caroline McLachlan
6th Patrick Oldham
7th Brooke Lendvay
8th Baden Brown
9th George McLachlan
10th Jason Rigg
Thanks to our awesome volunteers for braving the elements & ensuring everyone’s safety on what was a very difficult day; also our commissaires Collin Burns, Allan Knight, & Keith Gibson; and the handicapper, Andrew Flanagan & the rest of the handicapping committee, who did a great job.

November 29th Hagley – cancelled due to low entries and charity rides.

Carrick provided near ideal racing conditions for the 21 riders who took on today’s graded handicap around 2 laps of the Westwood Rd-Meander Valley Highway course.
The absence of the usual westerly meant there were plenty of strava PB’s gained on the hills of Westwood Rd, before the fast and flat dash back through to Carrick. The lower turnout meant it was teams of 4 time-trialling against one another, with relatively small time gaps to chase down. Teamwork is the key in these type of races, and all grades did a great job.
E grade made their extra (5th) man count & could not be caught by a fast charging C/D grade combination or the A/B grade group not far behind them.
Mark Fyfe was just too strong in the sprint, and took a fine win from Patrick Oldham & Peter Dadson.
Thanks to the 2 B grade riders who stepped up to make up the numbers in A grade, which made for a much better race.
A grade(4)
1st Andrew Margison
2nd Greig Watson
B grade(4)
1st Andrew Brown
2nd Tyler Reeves
C grade(4)
1st Nick Lawrence
2nd Ricky Allen
D grade(4)
1st Justin Clements
2nd Angelique Sanders
E grade(5)
1st Mark Fyfe
2nd Patrick Oldham
Thanks as always to our volunteers & duty riders for giving their time on a Sunday morning.

A quality field of 52 riders across 6 grades greeted the starter for today’s club c̶r̶i̶t̶e̶r̶i̶u̶m̶s̶/̶c̶r̶i̶t̶e̶r̶i̶a̶?̶ CRITS at Symmons Plains Raceway, generously sponsored again this year by Finn’s Bodyworks.
The weather could have been kinder, with cool & cloudy conditions & a stiff northerly breeze making the back straight a painful experience for those game enough to chance a solo breakaway.
That wind made it very difficult to form a meaningful break, and most grades finished as a bunch sprint; A grade being the exception.
Today was an Auscycling “come and try” day, which meant we welcomed a few new riders, and also the return of a few that we’ve not seen in a while.
Ride of the day would have to go to all the riders in A grade, which ended up becoming an individual time trial of sorts, and very hard work judging by the pain faces on display.
A grade(3)
1st & prime Adam Hartley
2nd Greig Watson
3rd Paul Butler
B grade(10)
1st Andrew Smart
2nd Shane Delanty
3rd James Nevin
Pr Nicholas Kerkham
C grade(15)
1st Marty Neu
2nd Justin McMullen
3rd & pr Michael Shelton
D grade(11)
1st Jamie Richardson
2nd & pr Stef Shearer
3rd Ross Jenkins
E grade(9)
1st & pr Andrew Ridge
2nd Peter Dadson
3rd Patrick Oldham
F grade(4)
1st & pr Andy Hodson
2nd Paul Hogan
3rd Craig Morgan
A massive thanks to Gene Finn of Finns Bodyworks for his generous sponsorship & to our hard working volunteers.

Sunshine and a light breeze made for perfect racing conditions at the NVCC 47km GMS from George Town. Quality racing occurred with breakaways prevailing in all bunches.

In A grade, some ‘team NVCC’ teamwork set Greig Watson up for an impressive 10km solo ride to win from Andrew Margison and Paul Butler.

Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Brown took off with 5 km to go in B grade and finished in that order with Shane Delanty in third.

Paul Headlam won C grade in a tight two rider sprint with Brooke Lendvay with Nick Lawrence in third.

Leigh Austin won D grade from Justin Clements. Angelique Sanders looked strong to take out E grade from Patrick Oldham and Leigh Pridmore.

November 1st P.E. Green Feature Graded Handicap, Cressy. Run by NDCC Map

With some challenging conditions today it was going to be a day for the sprinters. The Whitemore course looks much easier on paper than real life! A small bump in the road after a hard sprint proved to be the undoing for more than a few riders today. 🤪
With 39 starters we had good numbers in all grades except D grade today. With only 1 entry in D grade Tim Burford stepped up and raced with the C graders today.
A Grade
1st Paul Butler
2nd Nathan Jackson
3rd Scott Schilg
B Grade
1st Shane Delanty
2nd Paul Morgan
3rd James Nevin
C Grade
1st Nick Lawrence
2nd Andrew Macdonald
3rd Lance Beament
E Grade
1st Tony Savage
2nd Peter Dadson
3rd Mark Fyfe
Teams points were awarded today with 20 points for first, 10 for 2nd and 5 for 3rd for each grade.
NVCC 65 points
FHaT 30 points
Overall Points after two rounds:
NVCC 132 Points
FHaT 114 Points
Giant Devonport 18 Points

42 riders greeted the starter for today’s graded mass start race at Cressy.
Near perfect weather conditions made for fast racing on the flat circuit around Greenrises Rd/Elphinstone Rd, which took on extra significance, being the first race in the annual teams challenge for 2020.
The roads were reminiscent of Dutch Corner, with teams FHAT & NVCC both resplendent in their bright orange jerseys. These two look like the teams to beat for this year’s bragging rights.
The high pace of the race made getting away off the front of a bunch very difficult, and most grades finished as a bunch sprint.
In A grade it was good to see that Andrew Margison has regained some form to take out the win, very closely followed by the another in-form rider, Greig Watson(NVCC).
B grade was the biggest bunch of the day, and the hotly contested sprint was taken out by Darren Turner(FHAT), with Shane Delanty & James Nevin(NVCC) both hot on his heels.
C grade was a similar bunch sprint but this time NVCC took 1st & 2nd with Nick Lawrence & Keith Gibson timing their sprints a little better than the rest, followed across the line by Paul Headlam.
Suze Hodgins(FHAT) was just too strong & took out a great win in D grade, ahead of Tim Burford & returning rider Sandra Cowling in the minor placings.
The E grade sprint was almost too close to call, with the judges giving the win to Leigh Pridmore(Daltini) by a bees whatever over a fast charging Dean Mason(NVCC).
For once Diane Ottaway(NVCC) had some company in F grade, but it didn’t matter, she won again anyway ahead of Phil Stevenson(NVCC).
A grade(4)
1st Andrew Margison
2nd Greig Watson
B grade(12)
1st Darren Turner
2nd Shane Delanty
3rd James Nevin
C grade(10)
1st Nick Lawrence
2nd Keith Gibson
3rd Paul Headlam
D grade(8)
1st Suze Hodgins
2nd Tim Burford
3rd Sandra Cowling
E grade(5)
1st Leigh Pridmore
2nd Dean Mason
F grade(3)
1st Diane Ottaway
As an added bonus today, it was great to see our friends Gary Woodfall & Lynne Woodfall out at the race, and thanks for helping out with the lead-car.
Our other amazing volunteers also did a great job, for which we thank them all.

The NVCC My Ride Longford to Campbell Town has been run & won for another year.
The weather gods were smiling today, with sunny & warm conditions, coupled with a light northerly breeze for the 52 starters for the club’s major feature race of the year.
Due to the late withdrawal of her fellow front marker, Diane Ottaway was all alone out front, but proceeded to ride the race of her life, and time trialed the 63km to a great solo victory, sweeping up the QOM prize on the way for good measure.
The rest of the field was left to fight it out for the minor placings.
Michael Appleby was too strong in the sprint for the rest of his bunch, with Tony Savage, Mark Fyfe & Leigh Pridmore rounding out the top 5.
A very strong ride off scratch saw Jason Rigg take out fastest time.
1st Diane Ottaway & QOM
2nd Michael Appleby
3rd Tony Savage
4th Mark Fyfe
5th Leigh Pridmore
6th Peter Dadson
7th Dean Mason
8th Will Swan
9th Stef Shearer
10th Tim Burford
Fastest Time Jason Rigg
1st unplaced lady Caroline Mclachlan
Thanks to Ben Mather & the team at My Ride Launceston for the their generous sponsorship & support for another year.
A fantastic turn out of volunteers & helpers kept the event running smoothly, and the club & all riders are very thankful to them.

October 4th Westbury – cancelled due to weather.

39 riders greeted the starter for today’s graded handicap around the Blackwood Creek/Elphinstone Rd/Armstrong’s Lane circuit.
The picture perfect blue skies were offset by a cold & blustery Southwesterly, making the outward run from Bishopsbourne to Blackwood Creek Rd particularly challenging.
Once riders turned the corner at the crossroads though, the pace was on with plenty of strava silverware aplenty on the run for home.
A grade made light work of the 40 second time gap & formed a very fast paced bunch with those B graders who were able to hang on.
This combined bunch caught C grade just before they hit Saundridge Rd, to form a bunch of around 20 riders, which quickly wound in the combined D/E grade group, making the catch on Elphinstone Rd.
A small but determined group of 6 or 7 riders was able to escape off the front on the Armstrong’s Lane Hill, with Andrew Margison nicking the kom prize at the top. Paul Butler made a massive effort to get away on the 2nd half of Armstrong’s, only to hit a block headwind on the run in to the line on Bishopsbourne Rd. He was quickly gobbled up & spat out by the fast charging chasing group. In the final sprint, Greig Watson won by half a wheel, from newly promoted birthday boy, James Nevin, with 3rd placed Paul Rowlings not contesting the sprint.
1st overall Greig Watson
2nd overall James Nevin
3rd overall Paul Rowlings
KOM Andrew Margison
QOM Kristy Grubits
Grade winners
A(5) Greig Watson
B(9) James Nevin
C(11) Scott Watson
D(8) Tim Burford
E(6) Mark Fyfe
Thanks to all the great team of volunteers and duty riders for their great work in enabling today’s race, & keeping us all safe.

Twenty four riders greeted the starter for today’s graded mass start race at Deloraine & took on two laps of the challenging Porters Bridge Rd/River Rd loop.
Threatening skies failed to deliver any rain, and the gentle breeze & spring warmth made for comfortable riding conditions.
The A grade race saw Greig Watson get back to winning ways, ahead of Paul Butler.
There was a split in B grade with 3 riders off the front on the run to the line; Luke Moore out-sprinting Colin Locke, ahead of Shane Delanty in 3rd.
The small C grade bunch was split apart on the 1st lap through the hills with James Nevin & Brooke Lendvay again sharing the spoils; both just to strong in the sprint ahead of Doug Blackaby.
D grade also saw two riders get away up the road, with Bob Bright & Tim Burford working very well together before battling it out for line honours, with Bob taking the win.
E grade worked well together to the end, Mark Fyfe taking a solid win.
A grade(5)
1st Greig Watson
2nd Paul Butler
B grade(6)
1st Luke Moore
2nd & kom Colin Locke
C grade(5)
1st James Nevin
2nd Brooke Lendvay
D grade(5)
1st Bob Bright
2nd Tim Burford
E grade(3)
1st Mark Fyfe
Thanks to all the volunteers & duty riders for enabling us to race safely.

36 riders were treated to clear blue skies & strong gusty winds for today’s GMS race around the Armstrong’s Lane circuit from Bishopsbourne.
The wind played the lead role in what was a race where only the toughest survived to the finish.
A grade broke apart and after 3 laps, it was Jason Rigg followed by George McLachlan coming in well ahead of Greig Watson in 3rd.
The combined B/C grade group was blown apart very early by watt bombs & the brutal crosswind on Liffey Rd. Returning rider Luke Moore was too strong for the rest of B grade & took the win ahead of Andrew Brown & Mark Goodwin
It was the day for girl power in C grade, with Brooke Lendvay (1st) & Belamie Flint (2nd) the only riders able to hold their own with the B graders in their group.
D grade was by far the biggest field of the day, with new rider Paul Bestwick taking home the chocolates, well ahead of another rider we’ve not seen for a while, Scott Watson, & hardman Tim Burford left with the crumbs.
Closest finish of the day saw the E grade placings decided by millimetres. Mark Fyfe (just) sneaked the win on the line ahead of Leigh Pridmore & Peter Dadson.
Diane Ottaway got the F grade win.
There were kom/qom points up for grabs each lap at the top of the hill on Armstrong’s Lane. George McLachlan took the crown, having accrued the most points across all grades by winning every time in A grade.
It was great to welcome back Phil Stevenson after his short break.
A grade(7)
1st Jason Rigg
2nd George McLachlan
3rd Greig Watson
B grade(7)
1st Luke Moore
2nd Andrew Brown
3rd Mark Goodwin
C grade(5)
1st Brooke Lendvay
2nd Bel Flint
D grade(11)
1st Paul Bestwick
2nd Scott Watson
3rd Tim Burford
E grade(4)
1st Mark Fyfe
F grade(2)
1st Di Ottaway
Thanks go out as always to all the volunteers & duty riders, who we really can’t do without.

September 6th No Racing – Fathers Day

August 30th Evandale – Race cancelled

It was a bit cool and damp with 26 starters. With the smaller numbers it was decided to combine the A, B, and C graders together, as well as the D and E grades together. With the fresh southerly blowing it didn’t take long before riders were suffering. Groups quickly started to break apart, and anyone missing the split was going to find out just how hard (maybe impossible) it was to close the smallest of gaps! The handicapper will be scratching his head as he wonders how those two C graders got up the road with the A graders (and Nic), and somehow managed to stick with them long enough to finish well ahead of the rest of the B graders.
George McLachlan showed his class as he rode home solo to take the win from Scott Schilg in A grade. Nic Kirkham rode well sticking with George and Scott long enough to stay ahead of the rest of B grade. James Nevin and Brooke Lendvay showed they had the strength to hang with Paul Butler and Shane Delanty to the finish line where James Nevin had a strong sprint for the win. The larger group of D graders came in fast with Sue Hodgins firing on all cylinders for the win. Tony Savage was going well and had a strong finish to get the win in E grade.
By the finish the sun had come out and everyone was able to enjoy some warmth during presentations.
A 1st – George McLachlan
B 1st – Nic Kirkham
B 2nd – Martin Simpson
C 1st – James Nevin
D 1st – Sue Hodgins
D 2nd – Stef Shearer
D 3rd – Leigh Austin
E 1st – Tony Savage
E 2nd – Mark Fyfe

August 16th No Racing – LCCC WInter Series Race #3

A great turnout of 40 riders took to today’s flat course of 3 laps around the Black Lane circuit from Westbury. Numbers were boosted by good representation from the coastal crew once again.
It was a cold start, but the bright winter sunshine & hard racing soon warmed things up nicely.
It was hard to make any attack stick on this flat course, and grades largely stayed together, finishing in bunch sprints up & over the lumpy bridge on Emu Plains Rd.
Some of today’s standout performances included:
Newly promoted Darren Turner taking out B grade;
Brooke Lendvay showing the boys how it’s done in C grade;
Leaanne Szmekura winning F in her comeback ride.
A grade(8)
1st George McLachlan
2nd Jason Rigg
3rd Kurt Arnold
B grade(7)
1st Darren Turner
2nd Andrew Brown
3rd Mark Goodwin
C grade(6)
1st Brooke Lendvay
2nd Keith Gibson
3rd James Nevin
D grade(9)
1st Simon Cash
2nd Stef Shearer
3rd Tim Burford
E grade(6)
1st Richard Wells
2nd Mark Fyfe
3rd Tony Savage
F grade(4)
1st Leaanne Szmekura
2nd Diane Ottaway
Thanks to all the duty riders, officials and volunteers for making the day a big success.

August 2nd No Racing – State Titles.

A great turn out of 33 riders enjoyed a perfect Tassie winter’s day for today’s race from Evandale to Deddington & back. After a cool start, the winter sunshine and the hot pace soon warmed the legs and we saw some hot racing across all grades. It was great to see some old faces returning from long lay offs from racing, and also a few grade changes and one new rider.
The Deddington Rd lumps saw one or two riders tailed off from their bunches, but on the whole all grades finished as bunch sprints.
In A grade Shane Delanty was just too strong in the sprint in a tight finish with Dave Bingley.
B grade had set off with A grade, and Gene Finn was able to hold on to the A graders to come across the line in front of Nic Kirkham & Tim Scott in 3rd.
C grade was the biggest bunch of the day and their race stayed together until a strong attack 2 kms from the line from 2 of the climbing specialists set the cat among the pigeons. It was to no avail, as the sprint train swamped them well before the line, with Nick Lawrence taking the win ahead of newly-promoted James Nevin & Alex Robinson a strong 3rd.
D grade saw Simon Cash back in the money as a clear winner, with Cynthia Matson 2nd & new rider Grant Macken in 3rd.
Peter Dadson took the win in E grade ahead of Mark Fyfe in 2nd.
Diane Ottaway was pleased to have another rider with her in F grade today, but took the win anyway.
A grade(3)
1st Shane Delanty
B grade(6)
1st Gene Finn
2nd Nic Kirkham
3rd Tim Scott
C grade(10)
1st Nick Lawrence
2nd James Nevin
3rd Alex Robinson
D grade(7)
1st Simon Cash
2nd Cynthia Matson
3rd Grant Macken
E grade(5)
1st Peter Dadson
2nd Mark Fyfe
F grade(2)
1st Di Ottaway
Thanks to all our volunteers, duty riders, 1st aider & commissaire for their time & commitment to the club.

July 19th No Racing – LCCC WInter Series Race #2

July 12th Selbourne – cancelled due to covid-19 regulatory issues.

A fantastic turn out of 29 riders took full advantage of the spectacular winter sunshine and light winds to race the much-loved Blackwood Creek course at Bishopsbourne this morning.
Prior to the race, we paused for a few moments to reflect on the tragic passing of our friend and club stalwart John Frankling, pictured crossing the line for the win at last year’s Longford to Campbell Town race.
In what was the first race after lockdown, we were happy to welcome back a few who hadn’t raced in quite a while, as well as the regular faces. There were also a few new bikes to be seen.
In A grade Jason Rigg was able to break away on a small rise at around the 10km mark, to soon be joined by George McLachlan. The pair were quickly out of sight & couldn’t be caught by the chasing group.
The hot pace in the combined B & C grade group caused some difficulties for the C graders, with only tough as nails Patrick Coe able to survive, comfortably taking the C grade win. Scott Smith used his tactical nouse to claim the B grade win.
D grade split into two equal groups early, and the chasers were never able to close the gap to the leaders. James Nevin was too strong in the sprint for Tim Burford, with Caroline Mclachlan crossing the line in 3rd.
A similarly close sprint in E grade saw Leigh Pridmore edged out by Mark Fyfe, who timed his run to the line just a little better.
Diane Ottaway rode strongly to stay in touch with the E grade bunch to take out F.
A grade(7)
1st Jason Rigg
2nd George McLachlan
B grade(5)
1st Scott Smith
2nd Nic Kirkham
C grade(3)
1st Pat Coe
D grade(8)
1st James Nevin
2nd Tim Burford
3rd Caroline McLachlan
E grade(5)
1st Mark Fyfe
2nd Leigh Pridmore
F grade(1)
1st Di Ottaway
Thanks to the volunteers and committee for their work on putting on a great day.

March 22nd to June 28th There was an enforced break to racing due to the covid-19 outbreak.

The NVCC Fingal Fifty has been run & won for another year.
It was a smaller turnout than we have come to expect, which meant hard work for the 8 bunches of riders, 3 & 4 strong, as they battled a fierce southerly cross wind.
The remnants of 2 groups of middle markers came together just before the turn and rode strongly together through the field picking up a few more willing workers as they went.
The finish line came just in time for them, with a very strong finishing bunch of front markers closing down rapidly.
Lance Beament was first to break from the bunch with a couple of hundred metres to go, and it looked like he might hold on for the win, until a perfectly timed effort from Matthew Bernal & Brooke Lendvay saw them take out 1st & 2nd. Lance’s legs were dying but he held on for equal 3rd place with Nick Lawrence creeping in on the line.
Paul Headlam did a heap of work for his bunch for a well deserved 5th, with club hard man Tim Burford not far behind in 6th.
2018 winner Peter Dadson, Simon Cash and front markers Paul Rowlings & Paul Morgan rounded out the top 10.
1st Matt Bernal
2nd Brooke Lendvay
3rd Lance Beament
3rd Nick Lawrence
5th Paul Headlam
6th Tim Burford
7th Peter Dadson
8th Simon Cash
9th & fastest time Paul Rowlings
10th Paul Morgan
A fantastic effort by our volunteers ensured a safe a trouble free race and we thank them sincerely.
Phil Stevenson, Ricky Allen, Patrick Coe, Noreen Hogan, Andrew Andrew Flanagan Micky Loedeman, Lynette Mason, Eileen & John Hillier.
We also thank the Fingal Valley Festival organisers and sponsors for their continued support.

NVCC today held criterium racing at Symmons Plains Raceway, generously sponsored by Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers.
Unfortunately the inclement weather must have put off many riders, but those that did turn up were treated to some great racing.
This was a “come & try event” which saw several new & returning riders on the start line.


A grade(6)
1st Greig Watson
2nd Clint Wighton
3rd Matt Headron
Sprint Paul Butler

B grade (4)
1sr Luke Moore
2nd Nick Daily
3rd Rob Cumine
Sprint Luke Moore

C grade(13)
1st Brendan Geale
2nd Alex Robinson
3rd Keith Gibson
Sprint Brendan Geale

D grade(8)
1st Adam Clayton
2nd Scott Watson
3rd Peter McCarron
Sprint Jason Jones

E grade(7)
1st Elise Hart
2nd Michael Dalton
3rd Tony Savage
Sprint Leigh Pridmore

F grade(3)
1st Leaanne Szmekura
2nd Karen Tepper
Sprint Leanne Szmekura

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and duty riders for braving the elements today.

40 riders were treated to perfect conditions for today’s graded handicap 3 lap circuit of the Armstrong’s Lane course at Bishopsbourne. It is always nice to see the field supplemented by a good turn out of southerners & NW coasters. 👍
Graded handicaps necessitate teamwork. Great to see riders working so well together within their grades, achieving high average speeds & posting plenty of Strava PBs. I think there’ll be a lot of tired legs tonight.
Thanks to excellent handicapping, most of the race came together near the end of the final lap; a combined C/D bunch just holding off the very fast finishing remnants of A & B grades. But the sprint was for 2nd place, as no one was able to catch handicap specialist Michael Appleby, who held on for a deserved victory by a decent margin off the front mark.

1st Michael Appleby
2nd Steve Reeve
3rd Kerry Stubbs
4th Brooke Lendvay
5th James Nevin

Grade winners
A(4) Andrew Margison
B(7) Dale Woolston
C(11) Steve Reeve
D(13) James Nevin
E(2) Michael Appleby
F(1) Kevin Morgan
G(1) Andy Hodson

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers & duty riders for their hard work & looking after the rider’s safety.

A somewhat depleted field of 19 riders took to the start line for today’s graded mass start race on the out & back course from George Town to Lefroy.
The forecast monstrous SE wind wasn’t quite as strong as anticipated, though still a bit gusty, and made for interesting racing across all grades.
A & B grades were combined, with Andrew Margison making a welcome return to the top of the podium in A, and newly promoted Nick Kirkham taking out B grade.
As usual, C grade was the biggest bunch of the day with powerhouse Darren Turner outsprinting the also-rans, with Nick Lawrence 2nd.
D grade saw the in-form Chris White take the win from new member James Nevin in 2nd. Good to see Kevin Blades make his return to racing too, in 3rd.
E & F grades also raced together. A strong sprint from Tony Savage earned a well deserved win from a fast finishing Peter Dadson & Leigh Pridmore a close 3rd.
Ever consistent Diane Ottaway was the winner in F grade.
A grade (2)
1st Andrew Margison
B grade(2)
1st Nic Kirkham
C grade(6)
1st Darren Turner
2nd Nick Lawrence
D grade(4)
1st Christopher White
2nd James Nevin
E grade(4)
1st Tony Savage
2nd Peter Dadson
F grade(1)
1st Diane Ottaway
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers for their work today on the desk and line & behind the camera; and also our duty riders in the lead & tail cars & turn marshalls.
Special thanks to Patrick Coe for bringing the trailer and course set up/pack up. Look out C grade, word is he’s back racing next week!

27 tough NVCC riders took on the rolling hills of Exeter and Flowery Gully for a 38km GMS. Although numbers were a bit below average, riders enjoyed great racing with the much loved 3 hills creating a number of breakaways and chase groups.

Ride of the day went to Nic Kerkham in C grade who broke away on the homeward hills for a solo victory. He easily held off the chase group of three and should B very satisfied with his days work. Alex Robinson was second with Paul Headlam third.

Bob Bright took out D grade from Marcus Cramp and Tim Burford.

Michael Appleby showed why he is the E grade KoM with the win from Leigh Pridmore.

Di Diane Ottaway was again the winner in F grade.

The A and B group had a mishap at the turn with most of the group riding an extra 1km or so. Andrew Flanagan had the awareness to turn at the correct point and was first over the line but kindly conceded the race having ridden less distance that the main group. Paul Butler took first place in A grade. Andy Wells and Colin Locke could not be separated in B grade and shared the win.

Thanks again to all the volunteers especially Patrick Coe who set up the course and also acted as commissaire.

It was a race of two halves at Evandale for the 38km GMS. The stronger than usual northerly blew the various groups out like torpedoes. Then it was time to turn and grovel home like snails.. In the combined A/B group, George McLachlan took out the win from Scott Schilg and Dave Bingley. The BAT boys are looking hot in C grade. Places were reversed from last race with Darren Turner first, Alex Robinson second with Keith Gibson in third. D grade split before the turn with Christopher White taking a deserved win from Scott Miller and Jim Knott. Leigh Pridmore got up in E grade with Tony Savage second and new rider, Caroline Mclachlan in third. Well done to Diane Ottaway who rode solo into the wind to win F grade.

32 riders greeted the starter for today’s 2020 season opener at Bracknell.
Riders covered two laps of the Oaks Rd-Whitemore Rd-Cluan Rd circuit.
A few sections with crosswind made for interesting & challenging racing.
A & B grades raced together, with Bernie Sulzberger taking a comfortable win from a fast finishing chase group. Shane Delanty won the sprint for 2nd, a whisker ahead of Andy Wells in 3rd.
C grade was the biggest bunch of the day with Buyer’s Agents team leader Alex Robinson winning after a daring breakaway about 2km from the line. He was able to hold off fast finishing team mate Darren Turner who was closely followed by newly promoted Steve Reeve in 3rd. If only the teams event hadn’t finished before Christmas…
New rider Mark Holloway won the D grade sprint from Robert Wrigley (2nd) and club legend Phil Stevenson (3rd).
Good to see Coen de Gier back from his long term break at a secret training camp to take out E grade from Mark Fyfe and Peter Dadson in that order.
Another club legend, Kevin Morgan was triumphant in F grade.

A/B grade(8)
1st Bernie Sulzberger
2nd Shane Delanty
3rd Andy Wells

C grade(9)
1st Alex Robinson
2nd Darren Turner
3rd Steve Reeve

D grade(8)
1st Mark Holloway
2nd Robert Wrigley
3rd Phil Stevenson

E grade(6)
1st Coen de Gier
2nd Mark Fyfe
3rd Peter Dadson

F grade(1)
1st Kevin Morgan

Thanks to our hardworking band of volunteers, especially considering the plague of flies they had to endure at the finish line.