Hilly Classic 7
|9||16||Paul van der Walt||50-59M||2||0:34:22||0:36:26||1:10:47.6||33.4||-02:31||2||63||78|
|10||18||Steff Van Amerongen||30-39F||1||0:35:24||0:37:34||1:12:58.7||32.4||-03:31||4||58||75|
|19||22||Kim Van Amerongen||40-49M||5||0:38:07||0:40:35||1:18:41.2||30.0||-14:07||14||44||44|
|30||1||Neil McDougall||HC M||1||1:02:49||1:10:06||2:12:54.9||17.8|
|31||30||Tim Harvey||JM||3||DNF mechanical|
Today's course was a 'new' course but still hilly; judging by the time splits it was hillier on the return leg than going out - the wind factor wasn't much. But it was a beautiful autumn morning - something to relish if you were on the bike!
First man back across the finish line was Tim Harvey but about an hour sooner than planned - a snapped gear cable had stuffed his chances. This is not the course for fixed gear (one rider once did the Gidge B version on a fixie; he'd received some dubious information about the profile). It was a pity for Tim because the two other 'juniors' (U19s), brother Matt and Jonathan Lewis, filled the top two positions on the rankings. Not too far behind, on his second ride in quite some time, returning the best Standards time was Kim Halliday. Welcome back! Full of praise for the course was fastest girl (again), Steff van A. Steff was not too far down the list on Standard time either: fourth.
Dave Equid had set out the course with the help of Kim van A with both of them then setting their own ride benchmarks on the bike; Iain MacLennan was out on a corner again, this time the turn onto Berry from Reserve Road and then there was a gap before riders saw another human face: either Joe Grasso's or John Andrews' at the turn-around spot at the end of Coppley Dale Rd. Those blokes brought back the intermediate times; Lorraine had sent you on your way after you had signed-on with Scotty Graham back at the primary school. She then did a tour of the course on four wheels. Nobody needed rescue. Jeff Usher had again organised the team and then got out to set his own benchmark for the course. Good work all!
We are probably going to be back on this course for the final 'Hilly' of this series. The current state of the roadworks on Toodyay Rd don't suggest that either it or Stoneyville Rd will be available for a Gidge 'A' ride in just four weeks time.