GEELONG & Surf Coast CC rider Brian Long made a triumphant return to Learmonth on Sunday 14th February, taking the win in a 46 km handicap. On a windswept course, Long was sent out first with Eureka rider Bob Morley who was nursing a broken rib for company. The following bunches were torn apart by the wind whilst Long and Morley maintained their margin. Midway in the race, Long maintained a 5 kilometre advantage over his nearest rivals and with the occasional update from spectators, started to believe that he could hold on. Second Scratch maintained a good rhythm throughout the race and would ultimately fill all the minor placings, whilst the Scratch bunch were just not fast enough on the day. Long made every post a winner and won by a clear margin. Eureka riders filled the minor placings, Peter Canny 2nd and Richard Taylor 3rd.
For Long it was a homecoming of sorts.
Born in Ballarat in the 1930’s, Long commenced bicycle racing with the Sebastopol Amateur Cycling Club in 1949. He has proven to be rather handy at it, winning many track and road events during his 66 years of racing. Long won the inaugural Victorian Veterans Road Championship race in 1977 on a circuit around Learmonth.
1st Brian Long (Geelong SCCC)
2nd Peter Canny (Eureka VCC)
3rd Richard Taylor (Eureka VCC)
4th Rick Calvert (Eureka VCC)
5th Stephen Kennedy (Eureka VCC)
Fastest Time – Matt Bowman (Eureka VCC) in 1h 11m 5s
The next Eureka VCC race is the Ron Rivette Classic on Sunday 28th February. The club expects over 100 riders in the first Open race of the season.