The Border Watch : November 20th 2013
38 CYCLING SWIFT GL “Free Auto” $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY 631582 6 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 100 Mile Classic steeped in history MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org INAUGURAL RACE: Riders at the start line of the inaugural Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic in 1933. THE visionaries of the Mount Gambier Cycling Club way back in the 1930s would be thrilled that the event they worked so hard to establish is still going strong and this weekend will celebrate its 77th edition. In 1930, the South Australian 100 Mile Championship was held in Mount Gambier and the success of that race, prompted local cycling club offi cials to commence negotiations with the SA League of Wheelmen for the right to hold a similar prestige title. The request was officially granted and three years later in 1933, the inaugural Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic was successfully staged. The race route started in Mount Gambier on the main corner and included Millicent, Mount Burr, Kalangadoo, Penola and fi nished near Frew Park, where, in recent years the event has started from. This weekend will see a subtle change with the race starting at West Gambier Football Club’s Malseed Park and head south-west on Tollner Road and head towards Kongorong and Tantanoola before the fi rst immediate sprint at the famed Tiger Hotel. The race, which measures DUAL WINNER: Olympic Games gold medallist, Brett Aitken, won two Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classics, 1997 and 2001. 2013 RACE ROUTE: This weekend’s Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic will start and fi nish in Mount Gambier but not before the fi eld takes in Tantanoola, Millicent, Glencoe and Port MacDonnell. 38 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 161.11km from pillar to post will feature nine intermediate sprints including others at Millicent, Range Hill (Glencoe), 8-Mile Post, Mount Percy, Grant Avenue, Bellum (down and back) and Moorak. Last year’s “Classic” proved to be one for the ages, as 40-year Scott Keating from Ballarat scored victory from a 14 minute handicap, to prove that this style of racing still had a place in Australian cycling. World, Olympic and Commonwealth Games track champion, Glenn O’Shea had started the 2012 “Classic” as the defending champion and pre-race favourite, but he and his fellow backmen could not reel in the army of well drilled middle to front markers that Keating and Co. had been morphed into. Keating’s race time of four hours 14.48 minutes was a long way from the fastest ever recorded in the event’s history, but he had a comfortable nine minutes to spare before O’Shea and the “scratchies” crossed the fi nished line in 51st place. Keating had showered, changed into his “civvies” and was having a cup of tea when O’Shea came into view. Keating’s actual time – less his 14 minute handicap – was a respectable 4.00.48, while O’Shea took fastest time honours in 3.28.11. Last year, 85 riders completed the course, while more than 20 And still going strong REIGNING CHAMPION: Scott Keating raises his arms in celebration of winning the 2012 Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic. others were offi cially listed as “DNF” (did not fi nish). Handicap racing throughout Australia is under serious threat from high profi le cycling offi cials, but the Melbourne to Warrnambool and the Grafton to Inverell spring quickly to mind that these type of events are still popular, even if they are still hard work for the competitors. Handicaps and the race fi eld won’t be released till the eve of the Classic, but The Border Watch will have a comprehensive preview of the main challengers in this Friday’s edition. Since its beginning in 1933, the “Classic” has only ever missed four editions, 1937 when other factors intervened and from 1942-44 when World War II intervened. The honourboard of the Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic is littered with champions, although not all of them were linked to that title before they won on the Limestone Coast. Col Sims of Mount Gambier was the inaugural winner and his name is remembered forever with the race. Other former champions include Arthur Berkefeld (1941), Tom Hollingsworth (1946), Duncan Hunter (1952), Jack Forbes (1954), Geoff Moritz (1957), the legendary Sid Patterson (1959), Wal Smith (1963 and 1976), John Grima (1965 and 1969), Barry Waddell (1966 and 1968), Graham McVilly (1970), Dale Richards (1971), Terry Hammond (1983 and 1984) and Neil Stephens (1986). In more recent times, some big winners include Hayden Bradbury (1995), Brett Aitken (1997 and 2001), Leigh Egan (2002 and 2003), Chris Jongewaard (2004), Stephen Cunningham (2007), Tim Roe (2009) and Glenn O’Shea (2011). Whose name will adorn the 2013 trophy?
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