Evidently there are a lot of people keen to get their hands on Ray and David Colwell's cash. Forty riders turned up at Harcourt for the first day of the two-day Colwell Brother's aggregate event, racing over an out-an-back course in almost perfect conditions.
The scoring system meant that riders out of the top ten could still register good points for Day 2 by finishing high in their bunch, so the pace was on from the start and all groups lost riders over the first few hills. The 11s were no exception, with just three surviving to the first turn, but what they lacked in quantity they made up in quality as Cheryle Barker, returning champ Sheridan Hall and noted hill climber Ross McDonald worked superbly together to overhaul the 14s half way back to Harcourt and the remnants of the 17s just past the finishing line the first time. There was a bit of excitement when the early bunches encountered a tiger snake in the middle of the road which unbelievably had more than doubled in size by the time scratch got there. Martin Banfield was lucky not to be swallowed whole, and the shocking encounter put the whole bunch out of contention. Second scratch was well clear of them and caught third in the last few kilometers, but they were nowhere near the front of the race where the aforementioned 11 minute trio drove to the line with a number of others hanging on for dear life. Sheridan, the supreme optimist, jumped off the front with one and a half kilometers to go and was only overhauled in the last few metres. Ray Colwell (14 min) won his own race by the narrowest of margins over Ross McDonald (11 min) with Susan Jennings (17 min), Pam Robertson (14 min) Cheryle Barker (11 min) , Steve Auld (14 min) and Toni Lindsay (17 min) all close behind. Jenny Geyer (14 min) actually finished eighth in her first ride as a member but was inadvertently left out of the places. Sheridan Hall (11 min) finished ninth and and Ian Stringer (4 min) tenth. Martin Banfield bravely recovered from his close reptilian encounter to nudge out Brent Gibson for fastest time. The scoring system means that any one of 18 or 20 riders could take the aggregate with a high placing tomorrow.