Team Tilse celebrates win

MAL Tilse won the Grafton Cycle Club’s summer handicap at Trenayr last Saturday. Adam Sydenham was a courageous second. Junior rider, Lachlan O’Reilly was third home. Some time later the scratch bunch arrived with Mark Gilmore winning the sprint for fastest time.

The race was two circuits of the summer course, about 40km. First away were Cassie Banks and Rhonda Thew. Cassie, having her first race, quickly realised the difference between a ride and a race and dropped off Rhonda’s pace.

Three minutes back the group of Roz Donohoe, Narelle Tilse, Peter Hughes, Anthony Wall, Lachlan O’Reilly, Andrew Weatherstone and Stuart McPherson started with good intentions of sticking together for the first lap. However, Andrew and Lachlan were too strong for the rest .

A further three and a half minutes back was Team Tilse, consisting of Brady Ingram, Jon Ingram, Simon King, Tony Banks, Adam Sydenham, Mark Hackett and Mal Tilse. Most of these riders have been training consistently and hard and their conditioning showed as all but Tony chipped in to pull the bunch up onto the heels of the shattered bunches in front. As they caught the three minute bunch Lachlan and Andrew were able to hook on to the finish.

Behind the Tilse bunch, at four and a half minutes back were Brian Elvery, Nigel Blake, Eddie McLane, Peter Grainger, Chris Cropper and Zac McKenzie. This was a strong bunch of riders on form, but they were no match for Team Tilse.

The Scratch bunch, a further three minutes back from “chopping block” were the big-hitting Dion Wilkes, Tony Brindle, Jye Reardon, Garry Reardon, Erron Hennessy, Bruce Phelps, Matt White and Mark Gilmore. The pace was frantic from the get go with Mark, Tony and Dion contributing solid turns, while some of the riders found the starting pace a bit too much. There were casualties through the first lap and by the time the scratch bunch caught “block” it was pretty clear they were not going to catch the Tilse train up front.

Thirty riders started, many of whom topped off the ride with a quick spin around the Pringles Way circuit giving them about 150km. All looks promising for the 40 riders in the Grafton to Inverell on October 23.

Some time later the scratch bunch arrived with Mark Gilmore winning the sprint for fastest time.



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