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2014 Christmas Cup’s the wheel deal for Orange Cycle Club

LEADERS: Ian Reed (third), Neil Yeo (first) and Murray Evans (second) took out the top three C grade spots in the Orange Cycle Club’s spring points series event on Saturday. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDTHE premier race event on the Orange Cycle Club calendar, the famous Christmas Cup, will be held on the Huntley Road course on Saturday, December 6.
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This event attracts riders from around the state and will be a quick and exciting race. There is $4700 in prizemoney up for grabs and the chance to win a new bike valued at more than $1000.

For more information go to the club’s website at www.org.au.

The club held another race in the spring points series around the quick Huntley Road course last Saturday.

This was a graded scratch race with A and B grades combined, C grade by itself and D and E grades combined.

The riders had the advantage of a cross tailwind on the way to Aerodrome Road, however by the second lap the wind and heat had picked up making the run in from home nasty.

The riders in B grade played a smart game and didn’t expend too much energy before the final sprint, except for the ever youthful Mick Cain who, unsurprisingly, sacrificed himself.

Tristram Duncan took out the race and was first across the line in A grade.

Special mention must be made of David Coles who was racing in A grade but stopped to help young Max Stewart in B grade who had a mechanical problem towards the end of the first lap.

Tim Guy, who was clearly the strongest rider on the day, also dropped back to help, sacrificing what would have been an easy first place finish.

The average ride speed for the two laps of the 23km course was about 40 kilometres per hour.

Andrew Cummins and Phil Mooney came in second and third respectively.

The C grade bunch splintered on the second lap allowing Neil Yeo, Murray Evans and Ian Reed to take out first, second and third places respectively.

Jeff “Panda” Ferguson lost one of his overshoe covers that obviously cost him several kilometres per hour, which is why he didn’t figure on the podium.

D/E grade was won by Ivan Podres, with Tim Robinson second and Ivan Webb third – clearly age shall not weary them. Gina Browne hung on for a valiant fourth.

As always the club thanks the volunteers for all their work and effort. Without them there would be no racing.

This Saturday, the club will hold its biannual hill time trial, this time up the Pinnacle from Racecourse Road. It is sure to rip the legs off the most seasoned riders.

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