It was a mixed day on a lot of levels, with an unfortunate crash due to a mechanical failure marring good racing on a tough course.
Wendy Bennett was taken to hospital after a crank broke but fortunetly the injuries are not too severe - no broken bones but some sevre lacerations. The 59 kilometer course from Woodstock to Newbridge via Power's Road and then Laanecoorie and back is relatively flat but was made difficult by a moderate cross wind and intermittent showers. The 15s and 22s had joined forces just before Laanecoorie before their rhythm was broken by the fall on Maryborough Road with riders stopping to assist. Some continued after confirming that enough aid was on hand, but they'd given up a big chunk of time and were caught by the combined seven and ten minute groups who'd also come together near Laanecoorie. Meanwhile scratch had ridden a very quick first thirty kilometers to collar second and then drove the combined bunch hard to pick up the remainder of the field just after turning into Woodstock Road. The big bunch was whittled down by a series of surges in the last few kilometers before the scratch riders set up a classic lead-out train behind Hudson Crothers which launched Brent Gibson (scr.) to the win and fastest time from Jo Stolz (scr.) and Brad Geyer (scr.) in his comeback ride after a world tour. Murray Rankin (4 min) came in fourth, followed by Terry Schintler (7 min), Dale Lowe (4 min), Hudson Crothers (scr.), John Weir (10 min), Greg Chapman (10 min) and Tony Byrne (4 min).