102nd Melbourne – Ballarat Handicap
The 102nd Melbourne – Ballarat Handicap race has always attracted a strong field and this year was no exception. The 98km event draws some of Australia’s best riders who are handicapped accordingly to give the average Club cyclist a chance at taking out the title. I have only ridden this race once before back in 2010 where I was 4th in the bunch sprint for the fastest time. This year I was in the 25 rider scratch bunch which was one of the strongest line-ups for many years. Racing straight up the Western Highway to Ballarat the course consists of challenging winds and long gradual climbs which crack several riders every year. The weather was overcast with patchy blue sky and the wind, a light westerly, making racing easier than previous years.