Thirteen enthusiastic riders set off on a very hot Saturday afternoon for the first mass start to the Kees Glorie Memorial Handicap race.
This challenging and interesting course took the the field over the Kalgan River to Two People’s Bay and Nanarup Beach before heading back to the finish at Great Southern Grammar School.
Soon after the start the Beau Le Fort and Brett Dal Pozzo exerted their influence on the race and already had a handy lead when they turned towards Two People’s Bay.
A group of 9 riders were together at the turn followed by Shirley Thurston and Stephanie Bennett riding well together a few hundred metres back.
The pace and pressure was on during the Two Peoples Bay leg of the race. The heat took its on toll on quite a few riders. A group comprised of Brent Schoof, Jacob Crowe, Jimmy Watmore, Ryan McLaren, Paul Gibson and Andrew Le Fort were working very well together and were limiting the time losses to Beau and Brett who continued to push strongly at the head of the race. Mike Staude had dropped back to support Liz Cooper who was riding well and also limiting her losses to the riders ahead.
At the Nanarup Beach turn the pressure had built even further. Brendon Mencshelyi had lost ground to the Ryan McLaren group. Ryan, Paul Gibson and Andrew Le Fort were looking very strong but the heat seemed to be affecting Jimmy Watmore and Brent Schoof.
Liz Cooper and Mike Staude were continuing on calmly and steadily. Shirley had put distance between herself and Stephanie.
The dash back to Great Southern Grammar was a beauty. Beau and Brett continued their individual Time Trial at a cracking pace. The gang of 5 riders Le Fort, Schoof, Crowe, Gibson and McLaren hurtled towards a finish line sprint having put some distance between themselves and Jimmy Watmore; Brendon was still riding a good solid race not too far ahead of Mike Staude and Liz Cooper. Shirley and Stephanie continued to pedal strongly at the rear of the race.
First across the line was Beau Le Fort in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes 3 seconds; 3 minutes ahead of Brett Dal Pozzo. The real action was to come a few minutes later with our handicap winner Ryan McLaren sprinting to the line 5 seconds ahead of Paul Gibson who took out second place on the day. They were closely followed by Jacob, Brent and Andrew.
The 3rd place on handicap Liz Cooper crossed the line a short time later.
Congratulations to all the riders, everyone completed the race which was held in very oppressive conditions.