Saturday, December 27, 2008


On Sunday 7th December the Toowoomba crew came out to get a taste of the country life in the first Dalby/Bikeline Road Race. There were 3 grades on offer over the mountainous regions of the Jimbour House 31km loop....
There were 7 starters in the A grade race which was 2 laps, with only 2 Dalby starters Nolesy & Cookie tactics would have to play a keen part. However some of the Toowoomba riders also had their own set of tactics....which wasn't much at all some might say!! 1st place went to Jimmy Pauli, 2nd to Gary Kirstensen and 3rd to Dave Archer and Dalby boys Cookie was 5th and Nolesy 6th.
B Grade was slighter more exciting for the Dalby contigent with Team Captain Damo, Richard, Danny, Rocky & Tom racing the 2 laps. The pace was set to FURIOUS which left the Toowoomba riders gasping for breath... Damo & Richard broke away early into the second lap and maintained their lead to come away with a dead heat (???) for 1st place and Peter Mouatt from Toowoomba in 3rd. Op Tom gave a big fight but settled for 4th and Danny rounding them up with a 6th placing. Rocky must have stopped for a 'natural break' as he came in a little later! Good one boys.
In the biggest pack of the day we had some virgin racers from Dalby, was great to see everyone out having a go. Lining up were Jacob, Charlie, New Dalbyite Michael Dignan, Don 'The Door' Cramer, John Crothers, Peter Bailey, JC & Katrina. C grade only had the 1 lap of glorious terrain to contend with... The young fella's were chomping at the bit to get going and going they did as the bunch busted up on the first hill with the Jacob's (Mouatt & Rowney) leading the way... As the lone rider was spotted there was much anticipation from the crowd as we waited to see who it was...Coming in 1st was Toowoomba Junior Jacob Mouatt, 2nd was Michael Dignan and 3rd was Jacob Rowney (who is only 12!!).. Charlie came in at 6th, not bad for his first race !! News had been relayed back to base that our very own Katrina Cullen had a fall in the steep incline of Quarry Mountain but she was AOK..All other Team Dalby member unscathed and a little thirsty, congratulations to all.
Well done to all involved and I hear that the Bikeline are planning on another assault early in 2009, perhaps a clean sweep by Dalbyites is not out of the question.


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