Too close to call
THE judges were unable to split Garry Reardon and Paul O’Connor at the finish of the Grafton Cycle Club Handicap race at Trenayr on Saturday.
Garry appeared to have enough of a lead as they raced toward the line but Paul grabbed him right at the death for an equal share of the prize.
Garry was fastest time, Rhonda Thew fastest woman and new junior, Patrick Brennan, was awarded first junior.
The wet road reduced the number of starters to 19 but the racing was keen and interesting to the last.
Ian Lavery had left his fellow front-markers on the second climb of the hill and still held about 15 seconds a little over a kilometre from the finish.
The scratch bunch with Dion Wilkes, Matt White and Garry Reardon working together had picked up the chopping block bunch as they raced strongly back up Experimental Farm Road.
This combined bunch swung for home with their quarry in full view and within reach.
The spoils looked destined to go to them, and so it was.
Several riders recognised that conditions were not ideal for a mass sprint and eased out of it as they neared the finish.
Next Saturday the club will conduct its end-of-summer individual time trials at Trenayr course.
There is expected to be a bold showing from the triathletes of the group who are quite handy at this style of racing and generally have the equipment sorted.