The Hume Veteran Cycling Club held the Yarrawonga Bakery Handicap race on Sunday.
The race was run over the distance of 52.5km on a mostly flat course travelling to the small hamlet of Wilby and return.
The G.V. Vets joined the Hume Vets together with 15 riders who were getting their first taste of racing under the Australian Veteran Cycling banner to make up a field of 46 riders split up into eight groups.
The limit mark was set at 34 minutes and just three occupied this mark, first timers Sharon Parmley, Cyril Land and Tony Gildesley.
The group was travelling well until Land found the pace too hot and dropped off at the 10km mark.
Parmley and Gildesley held onto the race lead until the 45km mark when they were joined by the winning bunch, which contained riders from the 21 and 27-minute groups.
With no other bunches in sight, Corey Beatson with a very strong sprint to the line, had a comfortable win from Dan Best and Trudy Stevenson for the podium.
Bernie Gillespie making his comeback, rode on for fourth with Andrew Axelby and Rohan Isaac filling the top six places.
The remaining interest was for the coveted fastest time and Cobram Barooga’s Christian McDonald did not disappoint with a strong sprint to the line to take the honours at an average speed of 42.40kph.
Hopefully this will now become an annual event on the Hume’s calendar.
1 – Corey Beatson (21) 1.27.41 (35.92 kph)
2 – Dan Best (21)
3 – Trudy Stevenson (21)
4 – Bernie Gillespie (27)
5 – Andrew Axelby (21)
6 – Rohan Isaac (21)
7 – Russell Edwards (21)
8 – Sharon Parmley (34)
9 – Milton Mann (27)
10 – Colin Stokes (21)
Fastest Time: Christian McDonald (scr) 1.14.17 (42.40 kph)
Next Hume Club Race: Sunday, June 4th at Moyhu for a 53 km handicap
Race Entries Close: Friday, 9pm, June 2 with Bernie Grealy, phone/SMS: 0417213799.
●For membership details and or information, phone Simon Hall on 0448533322 or check the website, www.humeveterans.com.au for details.