Last Sunday morning at Lyrup Heights the Riverland Club held its first extended distance race as a warm up for the up and coming Tour of the Riverland.

The 11.2km undulating Lyrup course proved to be the ideal location for the race and in addition the 12-15 KMPH winds further tested the legs of the 13 riders that participated across three grades. The wind was blowing from the East which made conditions more difficult as all riders faced a head wind on the uphill section of the course.

The C Grade comprised Gordon Lawton, Angelo Ylia and Ruth Strout and after a mutual agreement that three laps would be the race distance Angelo took the win from Gordon and Ruth.

The B Grade settled on a five lap race, which at 56km is longer than the club`s traditional road races,and the bunch of six riders worked well throughout with all riders remaining in contention and posting an average race pace of 32.3kmh. Lee Rasheed made a break for the finish but the he was unable to maintain the pace uphill and the wily fast finisher Frank “Cavendish” Sullivan stormed home to take the win From Rasheed and Mick Gray.

The 67km distance for the A graders proved to be an ideal racing distance with the four riders also working well together in the early stages.Unfortunately for 14 year old Colby Jachmann his demanding training schedule obviously took its toll and fatigue set in for him to drop off the pace on the first Lap but Peter Schammer, Chris Gartery and Steve Jaensch stayed together throughout the race and it was only in the last 300m that Jaensch made the break to take the uphill win with Schammer and Gartery filling the minor places.

The extra distance proved to be a success with all riders enjoying the demands of a longer race and based on the success of the day a repeat will certainly be something to consider for future events.

The next club race on this Sunday is the Mildura Invitational, a 50km Handicap Road Race at Lindsay Point starting at 10am. Nominations are due by 9.30am with members of the Mildura Cycling Club making the trek across the border to join in for the race and lunch.