The third race of GCC's Bertoldos Cup series was held on May 2nd at the Hanwood Circuit with a cosy 17C embracing the days sixteen contestants at the start line.
The relatively small group of limit riders - Michael Wynne, Bronwyn Jones and Moreno Chiappin were going to need to work hard doing turns together to maintain their 9 minute 30 advantage over Scratch group's Malcom Blake, Craig Tilston and Nige Dunstone.
Riding off 1 minute 30 were Chopping Block's Alan Jones, Chris Fuchs, Mat Smith and Mitch Harrison.
Having the advantage of numbers, Group Three with Matthew Nugan, Brad Hart, Steve Bertoldo, Adrian Piccoli, Brendan Sinclair and Dick Hore were riding off 5 minutes.
With their sights set on winning the upcoming Dean Carter Memorial race in Beelbangera on May 30th, our riders were looking mean and keen.
This was going to be a fast one and Group Three set the pace early on.
With a combined Scratch and Block closing in fast and a stiff north easterly generating considerable pain on the last lap of Murrumbidgee Avenue, Group Three were holding the lead.
Turning into the home straight they managed to maintain a 200-metre gap over Scratch and Block and barrelled towards the finish line with Matthew Nugan winning the sprint by a nose from Brad Hart with Steve Bertoldo 3rd Dick Hore 4th and Brendon Sinclair 5th.
Fastest time was Nigel Dunstone at 59 minutes 28 seconds and an average speed of 42.2 kph.
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