Wilsdon returns to racing

Cold, overcast and windy for Saturday’s road racing

Cold, overcast and windy weather on Saturday, May 12, had 16 riders set off from the clubrooms to Lincoln Highway via Jenkins Avenue to the Iron Baron turn off and return to finish on McBride Terrace near Smith Street – a total of 50 kilometres.

Some riders donned arm and leg warmers as the air was chilly and they had to endure crosswinds on the Lincoln Highway but by the end of race the sun was shining and warm.

Thanks to timing officials Daryl Worby, Deb Lynch and sign on Lydia Hodgkinson. I did the road marshalling.

We are always looking for helpers.

Highlights and lows from race

The ‘Lucas Express’ was missing in action he was racing in the state time trials in Adelaide at the weekend and placed third in U23 men.

Also at these time trials, Cooper Jacobs placed seventh in U17. A great effort from the Whyalla Cycling Club. 

Our congratulations to the riders. 

The riders off on scratch with a handicap of 16 minutes were Malcolm Clasohm, Troy Brougham and Wesley Fisher who said it was a ‘hard ride’.

The overall winner Malcolm said ‘it was a good bunch, rode well and worked together’. Troy placed second and Wes was third over the line.

Last week I said the young one was 74-years-old – Adrian Wilson – he tells me he is actually 75-years-old and believe it or not by a few months older is Robert ‘Bob ‘Monaghan, 75-years-old, who came sixth over the line of the group of 14 riders.

Two riders had to retire due to a broken spoke on Peter Werner’s back wheel and the other veteran Adrian Wilson blew a back tyre up in the early part of race which ended his race sadly.

New out this week was Allan Wilsdon who returns to racing.

It was great to see him back in the saddle.

In the late 90s he and his brothers and others were the stronghold and unbeatable force of the club.

The chopping block group only caught him on way home just prior to the Jenkins Avenue turn off at Lincoln Highway.

Watch out for this one when in full fitness.

Next week is 60 kilometres from the club along Iron Knob Road and then turn around and finish at Fryers Cutting.

Sign on is from 9.30am and the start at 10am.

Advanced notice for club time trial championships to be held on May 26 with start and finish on Stoney Point Road.

Helpers are needed.