Perfect weather for road racing action

It was a perfect day for cycling with no wind and some overcast clouds to shield the sun glare.

The staggered start times had 12 cyclists off in four groups as per their handicaps.

In the first group was newcomer Phil Smith riding strong along with Gregg Utting, Sean Larsen and club favourite 'Fritz' Graeme Fargher.

The next quintet group rode like a musical band keeping in tune was Emma Mardon, Adrian Wilson 76 years life experience, Danny Ronan steam train more puff than huff, Jack Wisbey and making a comeback Tom Rabig.

Strapping young lad Cooper Jacobs was off on his own at 14 minutes and the final two off at 16 minutes with Dylan Kaulins, Port Augusta, dangerously fit and Malcolm Clasohm a cycling veteran.

As a sign of respect all riders wore black arm bands to recognise the recent passing of Life Member (1978) Mrs Audrey Gibbons, a much-loved matriarch club member who worked tirelessly towards the success of the Whyalla Cycling Club.

The total race was 50 kilometress from the club along the Lincoln Highway with turnaround at the Kimba turn off and return to finish line on Smith Street near Norrie Avenue.

The handicapper Paul Jacobs was happy as all riders finished within two minutes of each other.

The first over the line was newcomer Phil Smith well done, followed close behind Gregg Utting and third Fritz Fargher - he was most delighted with a place.

Phil said of his first win "that is was nice weather, enjoyed it, great group and great club".

The next group of five riding like a musical quintet had Jack W and Emma M racing for the finish with Jack just squeezing over in front. Followed by Tom R, Adrian W, Danny R and off his pace Sean L.

The final trio had Dylan K powering to get clear of Cooper J and then Malcom C.

Fastest time Dylan K, well done.

"As a sign of respect all riders wore black arm bands to recognise the recent passing of Life Member (1978) Mrs Audrey Gibbons, a much-loved matriarch club member ..."

The presentation of places and winnings was back at the club with coffee and cakes.

Fritz Fargher said "we had good conditions today and thanked everyone for safe riding".

Next week's race is from the club to Iron Knob Road and return for 55 kilometres to finish at Freyer's cutting.

Thanks to road marshals Bob Monaghan and Allan Wisbey also sign on official Glenda Hodgkinson.

Results from last week, May 11: 1st and fastest time Dylan Kaulins (Port Augusta) 2nd Malcolm Clasohm and 3rd Tony Kingdon (Port Lincoln).

The local riders competing May 25/26 in Cycling SA State Road Championships at Williamstown will be Jack Wisbey 38.5kms, Cooper Jacobs 62.5kms, Dylan Kaulins 87.5kms, Daniel Siwek and Lucas Hoffman.

The club wishes them all the best with safe and fast times and good weather.