The historic town of Port Fairy is considered pretty at any time but on a sunny winter’s day, there are very few more pleasant places in Victoria. The setting for the 2007 100 kilometre championships were ideal, the light north westerly zephyr was a stark contrast to blustery conditions of past editions.
Full results, report & photos.
The benign conditions made the task of attacking the 70 strong peleton a lot harder. What was consistent from previous years was that high profile riders were heavily marked. Every twitch of a calf muscle by Nic Sanderson (SA.com), Mark O’Brien (Drapac Ford) or Pat Shaw (VIS) caused a ripple of reaction through the rest of the field.
As always Peter Barnett (SHM) and his team mate, Nathan Wise were prominent at the front. After ten laps of the 2.5 kilometre circuit, a small group managed to move away from the clutches of the peleton. Brendon Schultz (Hamilton), Shaun McCarthy (Decked Out Training) & Sean Finning (SA.com) moved out to a handy 30 second lead.
The pack seemed content to allow the trio to maintain their lead, however things got grievous for the peleton when another small group containing Zak Dempster (SA.com) & Josh Gundry (Harding’s Cycles) managed to bridge to the leaders. Not only did this strengthen the leaders it also thrust SA.com team mates into the roll of peleton control. This double edge sword was enough to ensure the breakaway success.
In a display of absolute class, Dempster was able to attack the leaders and win comfortably from a gutsy Josh Gundry (2nd) and Brendon Schultz (3rd). Dempster certainly showed why he’s off to Europe being the rider of the weekend. Not far behind, however was a very consistent performance from recent Victorian Country Road Championships winner Brendon Schultz. The future of Victorian cycling is looking outstanding with riders such as Schultz and Gundry getting better with every race.
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