Line Honours For Larkin.

Club stalwart Ron Larkin used a combination of tenacity and experience to take a well earned victory on Sunday.

A smaller field was rewarded with perfect conditions and a great race ensued. Variables such as a magpie or two and a flock of sheep had an influence on the outcome.

Lone limit rider Maz Morley was making good progress had not been sighted when her chances were severely interrupted by a big mob of sheep on the road.

“Well you are in the country love” a farmer claimed.

Freshly crowned BSCC Open Elite winner Scott Townsend had the task ahead of him when the guest handicapper gave him a lone chase of 45 seconds to second scratch. Adam Smith Shaun Terry and Phil Cartledge took off like scolded cats making the chase as difficult as possible. They too lost time to the sheep and were surprised when they looked back and Townsend was not in sight. He was sighted on the corner talking to Doug Garley maybe describing how the race unfolded the day before.

The Larkin led bunch knew they had a chance off 18 minutes and there chances were further strengthened when big Peter Marquand was added to their group without penalty.

Marquand’s contribution was short lived when after feeling not that well he was out of the race due to a puncture. That left the improving Malcolm Rock, Larkin and the ubiquitous Greg Curnow.

On the last lap Curnow was shelled over the Weatherboard road and Rock and Larkin felt they could not afford to wait. They heard a noise as the Weatherboard magpie was attacking the lone Curnow. As it swooped –Curnow looked upward and met its eye and the magpie panicked and was not seen again! Maybe it will be confident enough to come back after the Grand Final!

There was some early money on the eight minute bunch that included the tenacious Ken Heres, the talented Dave Peters and Bob Morley. Peters struggled early but came good and although he was coughing and spluttering he put in some strong, long turns. This group was motoring and picked up Rob Parker and carted him back to his original bunch of Brett Caddy. Parker and Caddy helped when they could and they could see Curnow well in the distance but could not sight the leaders. They looked back to see the three minute group closing quickly. No wonder, with Rob Phillips back in the fold leading hard men Darren Terry and Richard Taylor and the sprightly Rick Calvert. Only one strong turn each from Brett Caddy and Ken Heres kept them away from the Phillips group by a mere ten seconds.

Meanwhile it was Larkin whose strength held off the improving Mal Rock to take a well deserved win. Greg Curnow rode his best race for some time to hold third from a fast finishing Dave Peters.

The fastest time contenders were storming at the line with Adam Smith and Shaun Terry going at it side by side from a long way out in a test of strength. As expected Adam Smith held Terry off to win by a wheel.


1-Ron Larkin 2-Malcolm Rock 3-Greg Curnow 4-Dave Peters 5- Bob Morley

Fastest time- Adam Smith

Peter Howard Takes First and Fastest in Eureka Open.


It was a race that certainly had everything. Sleet, rain, high winds and even sunshine. 105 riders entered and about 70 hardy riders finished the event. The numbers were affected initially by a no show of 17 riders whom were concerned about the weather, and another similar amount were part of the attrition due to punctures and fierce riding of the bunches.

The race was a handicapping masterpiece by state handicapper, Col Hooper, who was thrilled as the bunches came together virtually in the last kilometre.

The scratch bunch was minimised early when Glen Scouller punctured early and local lad Scott Townsend found the going tough and was gone before Quarry Hill.

Being a light rider is normally an advantage, but Andrew Pascoe’s low body weight, coupled with deep dish wheelset, saw him literally blown off the road and out of contention. This should have made the task virtually untenable but they caught local hardman Doug Garley who chipped in and didn’t miss a turn.

So with the eventual winner assisted by murderous turns by Andrew “Bam Bam” Weightman, and help from Gary Parsons, Roy Clark and Justin Mollinson set about reeling in the field.

Further out the 10.30 bunch was pumping along with Warrick Bott, Kane Airey, Darren Terry, Dean Hayward and Craig Halliday sharing the load. They rode through the two bunches in front and added Bob Morley, Gail Oliver and Ian Ravenscroft to their midst. This bunch narrowed further to 5 or so and they sighted the leading bunch and were giving chase.

The leading bunch turned into the wind after the hairpin turn. Terry O’Brien was on the front into the strong head wind, doing most of the heavy lifting with Bernie Greally chipping in as well. Anne Gourley, Amanda Hosking, and Jacinta Welch were still there and were eying off the placings. Better co-operation would have seen this bunch get up. Just as the Kane Airey, Warrick Bott led bunch were looking good to make the capture, they were enveloped by the scratch bunch and anyone else that survived the onslaught. The field came together with a bunch of 20 or more riders. Gail Oliver jumped in an attempt to shake things up and the riders came to life.

Peter Howard took a well deserved first and fastest with Neville Laffy and Garry parsons filling the minor placings. Jeff McLean was fifth, Barry Jane rode well to take sixth place. Kane Airy sprinted well for 7th place with local legends Doug Garley and Peter Kiel 8th and 9th. Rounding out 10th place was time trialling specialist Andrew Weightman.

The wining bunch only averaged 37.5 which is indicative of the difficult conditions.

A great race that was supported by excellent facilities and food after the race. The marshals were out in force and did an excellent job.

See you all at the Geelong Open in a few weeks time and we will do it all again.


Winner and Fastest-           Peter Howard

2 -Neville Laffey

3-Gary Parsons

4-Roy Clark

5-Jeff McLean

6-Barry jane

7-Kane Airey

8-Doug Garley

9-Peter Kiel

10-Andrew Weightman

Rod Hetherington Wins Mirabella Trophy race.


Rod Hetherington had a great weekend of racing winning on Saturday and then again on Sunday.

Once again, it was a well handicapped event, that was held in perfect conditions. Second scratch, for the fourth week in a row, stayed away from scratch and rode through the field. If having Bob Braszell, in recent weeks, wasn’t enough in the legend stakes, add a dash of Adam Smith and the bunch was going to be all go. Smith has not raced for ages and in true bike rider style was saying he has hardly done a thing for years. He proceeded to dominate his bunch and the race in general.

Steve Atkinson and Ray Hodgson were first away with a 34 minute advantage over scratch. Followed by Graeme parker and Shirley Hetherington.

The next bunch included the perplexing incoherent bunch riding of Greg Curnow and Gary Blood. They had a new rider added to their bunch, Nick Verhagen, to help out. Verhagen is a new rider and he struggled to understand the method the other boys were employing. They were doomed from the outset.

It was all happening toward the back of the field with the six minute bunch of Bob Morley, Brian Lee and strong man Darren Terry were making inroads to the eleven minute bunch. The eleven minute bunch was being lead by the never say die Gail Oliver backed up by big John Creek, Popeye Lee and Alan Barnett.

Morley, Lee and Terry had collected the bunch in front and then engulfed the bunch in front that included the hard working Larkin and the cagey pair of Wallis and Ferguson.

Thing were looking promising for this bunch with half working and half sitting on.

Then the comfort level took a major turn to major discomfort as Adam Smith stormed through on the inside doing 15 kay an hour faster than the bunch. He was 50 metres in front before every one woke up and by that time Smiths co-riders came through to offer a tow. With five kay to go, it was on ‘til the finish. The pace lifted in the home stretch, with Darrell Stewart hammering on the front a long way out. Riders were strung out behind waiting to see who was going to make the decisive move.

Shaun Terry exploded down the outside with Adam Smith on his wheel. On Smith’s wheel was renowned sprinter Rod Hetherington. Shaun Terry blew up and Smith went for it, but Hetherington continued his winning ways for a strong well judged win. Smith hung on for second. Third was Bob Braszell. I have run out of superlatives for Bob over the years. Fourth was Bob Morley and John Creek continued his good form with a fifth placing.

Scratch, once again had ridden bravely with Tony Mirrabella and Scott Townsend dispensing their bunch and went man o’ man in the sprint. Townsend hung on by a short margin as Mirrabella nearly took out Billy Goldfinch who was holding the chequered flag.

Richard Taylor – Too Strong.

Richard Taylor continued to show strong form by winning a contested sprint on the Hetherington circuit on Sunday.

Taylor is becoming the complete racer as he was asked how he was feeling prior to the race and he said that he would be lucky to make the distance!! Yep. No worries.

Once again for the third week in a row second scratch stayed away from scratch making a mockery of the chopping block status they generally hold.

Once again excellent handicapping saw a great race unfold.

Second limit Mandy Rhook and Ray Hodgson were rounded up on the second lap by a Larkin led 15 minute bunch they then caught and left the out markers, Maz Morley and Steve Atkinson in their wake. Larkin and Terry Collie performed a minor miracle by keeping Greg Curnow under control and kept him working in the bunch the whole race.

The six minute bunch of the eventual winner Taylor, Andrew Rushton, Bob Morley and Dave Peters were flying when the lost their strongest rider in Peters. He had grass in his eye and pulled out of the race. This made them vulnerable to the underrated 3 minute bunch. No bunch with Bob Braszell in it should be underrated. When you add the hirsute Darrell Stewart, the incredible Pippa Read and the boyish enthusiasm of Rick Calvert, you have a deadly mixture.

Good money before the race would have been on Scott Townsend, Tony Mirrabella, Doug Garley and Phil Cartledge as certainties to ride through the field but it wasn’t to be. They rode tempo and were happy to fight it out for fastest time. Mirrabella may be saving himself for next week’s trophy race!

The three middle bunches came together with a lap to go and the pace was on to catch the remaining 15 minute bunch. With Pippa Read using every opportunity to ride off the front, the pressure was on to keep up. John Creek Kevin Lee and Alby Govan showed they have improved and covered every attack with tenacious riding.

It took until the home straight ‘til Larkin, Collie and Curnow were reigned in.

Darrell Stewart had a couple of goes to see where the strength lay and he was covered each time. He found himself on the front with 500 to go looking back every 5 seconds waiting for “the move”. It wasn’t ‘til 100 metres to go, Richard Taylor, as usual, in the biggest gear available, went for it. He held it easily and Rick Calvert hung on for second and a surprise third place was big John Creek, who has been showing the benefits of some midweek training. Fourth was the indefatigable Bob Braszell and Bob Morley half a wheel behind for fifth.

A minute behind Scott Townsend predictably took out fastest time after an initial burst from Tony Mirrabella

1st Richard Taylor, 2nd Rick Calvert, 3rd John Creek    Fastest time Scott Townsend

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