STRONG northerly winds made the Southern Cross Business Machines “Hill Top” handicap a true classic race on Sunday 8th October. Twenty three riders battled the conditions around the Mount Misery circuit before ascending the infamous Harrisons Road climb to fight for the “King of the Hill” crown.
The early groups away were mostly rounded up inside the last quarter of the 49 kilometre race.
Almost the entire field was on the 1200 metre long Weatherboard climb with just six kilometres remaining. Terry Collie had the race lead, however James Knipe and Jeremy Humber soon caught him. The daunting figure of Tim Canny was in hot pursuit of the leaders, having ridden away from the Scratch bunch.
Canny had the race lead with four kilometres remaining and increased his margin up the Harrisons Road climb to the hill top finish.
The remnants of the field followed Canny onto the climb and Tony Mirabella proved strongest of the rest, with Club Champion Greg Ley rounding out the podium.
Except for Danny Whelan in 9th place, the top ten positions were filled by riders from the Scratch and 3 minute bunches.
Many thanks to Southern Cross Business Machines for supporting the club and providing prize money towards “Hill Top”.
1st – Tim Canny (Scratch)
2nd – Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
3rd – Greg Ley (Scratch)
4th – Jason Birch (Scratch)
5th – Rick Calvert (3 minutes)
Fastest Time – Tim Canny (Scratch) in 1h 16m 15s, ave. 38.2 kph.