Yesterday arriving at Modella the weather looked pretty good and although some clouds were looming it still looked reasonably clear. Driving straight back up to Bayles bridge corner the weather was fine and dry and we passed the young E graders with Rob, Penny and Andrew looking after them. They rode up to Bayles then raced back in a handicap race. Irene Vlahos came up to Bayles and we had no incidents at that corner anmd remained bone dry until the riders came through on the last lap. We were fortunate as the weather on the first lap was as black as pitch up towards Tynon direction. I was rugged up yet it was still cold so coupled with the strong winds and rain made the conditions tough for all riders. To me the Modella courses have limited traffic on Saturday afternoon and the drivers who came through our intersection were fine and accepting of direction. It is important to thank them for cooperation and drivers appreciate this and wave back.
The standard in the Elite race was very high from my viewpoint. Experienced riders were prepared for the conditions and I think some who only completed one lap just did not kit up for the day. The fact is conditions when you leave home in winter may vary grately to the location of your race so a range of clothing in your bag is best. There are some riders who conditions don’t affect but not many so proper kit is critical.
Was so great to see David Sturt one of the very best riders Marshalling the junior 49k race. They came through Bayles working hard in a bunch and riding as very experienced riders under David’s guidance. Very good young riders both male and female.
Seeing Doug and Graham in the pouring rain taking down all the sinage after racing completed is testiment to Mal, Ann the committee plus their excelllent helpers one and all.
To Vaughan and all those strong riders well done and to Jordan Stannus at 16 years off the tight mark of 4 minutes speaks of his class and ability and in such tough conditions. I know other young riders rode well also.
Cheers, I have not stopped bloging but when you have not been at races it’s hard to talk about what you don’t see plus results and coverage of cycling today is more instant than when we commenced all those years ago.