A tough fought race

By Seymour Telegraph

Seymour Broadford Cycling Club completed the toughest course on their calendar on Saturday, riding 60km to Highlands and back to Seymour.

The scratch group gave away some big starts on the hilly course with the limit group enjoying a 31minute handicap.

Jeff Hibberd, Kevin Bartlett and Adam Inness were all smiles when they saw the start they were given, but at the turn around their lead was cut to 13 minutes.

Bret Bender (17minute) and Ian Baker (17minute) again combined well catching the 21minute

trio of Brian Inness, Ian Porter and Victor Nash on the return leg.

Further back, the five-strong scratchmen were also riding in unison reeling in the 8minute group with 6km to go.

In the distance they could see Baker/Bender and co, thinking it was the front of the race which was another 3minutes up the road as Bartlett and Hibberd dug in on the run home, ensuring they wouldn’t get caught.

Bartlett had just enough left to hold off a determined Hibberd to take line honours with a well-overdue win.

Ian Baker was too fast leading the next group home ahead of Brian Inness 4th, Porter 5th, Bender 6th and Nash 7th.

Michael Thomson (scratch) was only seconds behind and again took fastest time in 1:40.45.

Racing this week starts from Burgess Signs at 2pm.