Tour of Bright December 2014

The Mornington Cycling Club was well represented at the Tour of Bright with 14 cyclists in all grades.

The Tour of Bright lived up to its reputation as the toughest bike race of the Victorian season.

With most riders heading to the mountains on Thursday to compete in the first stage on Friday, the weather looked promising with reports of 30+ on Thursday, however reports that Friday was going to be grim was a worrying sign of things to come.

Friday Afternoon Stage 1. The individual time trial of 17kms, the weather turned with thunder storms greeting the riders towards the end of the time trial.

Saturday Stage 2, which is commonly known as the Gaps Loop consisting approx 93kms and 1500m of climbing, the weather conditions were not kind today.

Sunday Stage 3 – Bright to Mt Hotham was cut short due to the deteriorating weather, rain, fog and poor visibility up the huge mountains did nothing to dampen the MCC spirit.

Overall Results:

Mens A
M Leonard – 9th GC Stomping effort!!
L Fetch – 15th GC – (10th on mighty Hotham) great to see the club champ back in form.
T Buschkuehl – 75th – Tough going in Elite A.

Mens C
Jet Turner – 6th overall, boosted by a brilliant 2nd place up Hotham!
Tom Angelico – A great effort on your first Tour of Bright!

Womens C – Rosie Price 31st. The only female club representative great effort Rosie!

Master A
S Baker 28th GC. Masters Champ! Superb riding in the highlands.
D Phillips 29th GC. Stage 3 fastest club man up Mt Hotham
A Hawkins 36th GC. Progressing from dirt to road with a taste for the big mountains.
B Trew 38th GC. 8th time Tour of Bright veteran. TT’d like a steam train.
E Foller 45th GC. MCC pinup boy. Solid hit out by the flatlander.

Masters C
A Cook 14th GC. Cookman put in a stellar effort and consistency over 3 days. (8th up Hotham)
G Seers 71st GC. Gutsy efforts completing the Tour of Bright 2014
J Dux – Unlucky puncture on stage 2 but finished in style.

Darren Turner – No 1 ticket holder!! Thanks for your support and enthusiasm all weekend in assisting all concerned.

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