(2012) - Geelong CC Ross Bush Memorial
Riders from Geelong, Footscray, Colac and Ballarat cycling clubs were subjected to heavy rain and a feisty 50+ kph North-Westerly wind for the Ross Bush Memorial Handicap held at Sutherlands Creek on Saturday. The annual race is held in honour of the late Ross Bush, a well respected and accomplished Geelong club rider whose life was tragically cut short by a drug affected motorist whilst on a training ride in 1998.
Geelong’s Sutherlands Creek circuit is known as one of the toughest circuits around, with every form of challenge you could ask for; rapid descents, slow grinds into the fierce wind, torturous climbs and astounding descents up and down the steep hills of Pringles, and with such strong winds most thought that the gun riders of Scratch would catch all before them; not to disappoint, that is exactly how the race unfolded. 86 riders started today’s handicap, and by the end of the first lap a third of the field had been shelled by the nasty crosswinds that left nowhere to hide, and this only continued on lap 2; with riders getting dropped in the crosswinds, on the steep climbs and some deciding on the descents that being blown sideways on the descents was too much to risk; little wonder that only 28 riders finished. With a small band of Limit riders trying valiantly to hold off a blisteringly fast Scratch bunch, and three-quarters of the field shelled, it was Geelong rider Mark Hooper who took out the sprint by the slimmest of margins from second placed Tom Paton, with last year’s winner Leigh Burchell holding on for third place.
1st & Fastest Time: Mark Hooper, 2nd Tom Paton, 3rd Leigh Burchell, 4th Ben Johnson, 5th Matt Heath, 6th Geoff Robertson, 7th Ryan Burt, 8th Zac Dynes.