It’s a Kinna Magic

Weatherboard Handicap

Resplendent in GreenEdge gear and matching bar tape, the “Mercury-al” Robbie Kinna was on song, staging a courageous raid to register a resounding win and break a three year drought between victories.

In a tour de force, the 9 minute bunch of Robbie Kinna, Malcolm Rock, Brian Lee and Kevin Lee (sporting a bit of rouge on his cheek from an encounter with the magpie) were showing solid form and proved very difficult to pull back, maintaining much of their handicap until the final lap. They clawed back the 7 minutes to the 16 minute bunch of Graeme Parker, Murray Bardwell and Tony Herbert. Graeme in particular rode selflessly to assist Robbie and his merry men in the chase, they soon caught limit. The pace, wind and tiring legs was thinning the combined group, undaunted,

Robbie maintained the rage leaving Greg Curnow with only enough time for one expletive as Killer Kinna smashed past Limit. Graeme Parker gave Robbie a bit of a hand to open up a 60m gap, not waiting around, Robbie said “I Want to Break Free”, and left Graeme, riding the last lap out front by himself. Never “Under Pressure” he crossed the line this weeks “Prince of the Universe”.

Earlier, Limit, off 21 minutes, got affairs under way. The odd couple of Jacinta Welch and Greg Curnow accompanied by new rider Matt Kaess had to contend with windy conditions, an undulating course and the local magpies, it was always going to be a challenge. They were caught early but Jacinta and Greg stayed with the bunch, Jacinta posting a Strava QOM time on the circuit, and Greg attacking late to place 5th.

The 5 green bottles off 6 minutes started as the biggest group and the riders to watch. The rampant Craig Lightfoot and Peter Livitsanis set the pace early with John Creek and Dave Berry not shirking their duties. However the group lost potency as one by one it was reduced. Bob Morley was the first to go, 3km in at the Avenue corner (he did recover and finished the race with second scratch). Down to four green bottles they were making steady inroads into the front groups, then Dave punctured, and John was shelled, leaving two green bottles, Peter and Craig to carry on for the last lap and a half.

On the final lap at the top of Weatherboard Road, Craig and Peter finally caught the combined limit, 9 & 16 minute bunches, with Kinna somewhere up ahead. Malcolm saw the chase pair coming and attacked off the front, as did Greg Curnow. Malcolm was the more successful doing enough over the final climb on Hendersons Road to take 3rd.

At Hendersons corner, Craig had caught and dropped Greg and was on Mal’s tail. Peter overcooked the last corner and put it in the grass. Up and over the hill Craig fought off Mal in a sprint for the line to secure 2nd. Peter recovered, caught Greg on the hill to ride away for 4th.

On paper, second scratch should have rode through the field with ease, on a day tailor made for these gear munching strong men. Darren Terry was back in form, riding a surprisingly disciplined race, and new rider Paul Humphrey displayed some gritty determination to hold Scratch as they came through. However Dave Peters was still hurting from the previous days racing and Andrew Rushton is on the comeback trail and needed the run. With the addition of Bob Morley they took some time out of the 6 minute bunch (what was left of it anyway) but fell a couple of minutes short of the winner.

In the battle for fastest time, the Scratch hardmen, Phil Cartledge and Tony Mirabella, combined to chase the bigger groups up the road, which was always going to be a tough mission. With steely resolve they rattled along picking up and dropping riders that had been dislodged from their original groups. Rounding the last turn for home they could see the field scattered out in ones and twos, but the placegetters were a bridge too far. Fastest time went to Tony Mirabella who finished under 2 minutes behind the winner.

 

Results

1st                            Robbie Kinna (9 minutes)

2nd                           Craig Lightfoot (6 minutes)

3rd                           Malcolm Rock (9 minutes)

4th                           Peter Livitsanis (6 minutes)

5th                           Greg Curnow (21 minutes)

Fastest Time          Tony Mirabella (Scratch)

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