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ROUND 4 BCC ROAD SERIES - 52km Easter Scratch Race
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:09:57 AM »
21 April 2019 - ROUND4 BCC ROAD SERIES Easter Scratch Race Xroads, 52km
There were smaller fields in the Easter Sunday Racing at Bathurst, however there was plenty of great cycling action with exciting solo wins for Ben Taylor (B Grade) and Gary Baker (D Grade), while Brad Rayner won his second race in a row in A Grade.

Brad Rayner has moved to the lead of 2019 A Grade Bathurst Road Series after four rounds. Will Hodges jumped to an early lead in the series by winning rounds 1 and 2. However Rayner defeated Luke Tuckwell and Mark Windsor on the weekend in the hilliest round of the series over the Caloola Ridge to move a comfortable lead in the series after winning the Premier Grade in Bathurst Series in 2018. There was plenty of drama in the A Grade race with Mark Windsor falling and then having to avoid an aggressive brown snake during the 52km race.

B Grade was an exciting race with 3 riders (Ben Taylor Drew Tuckwell and Scott James) breaking clear of the bunch on the Caloola Climb. On the return trip Ben Taylor attacked, and although Tuckwell and James chased hard, Taylor recorded and impressive win from Tuckwell and James with veterans Rob Stephen, Graham Stait & Glen Partridge not too away.

David McKellar had an easy win in C Grade however D grade was another exciting race with one of the race favourites Jette McKellar suffering a puncturing early in the race. However a quick wheel change got her back in the event. By the top of Caloola Gary Baker had built a winning lead, yet things changed quickly with Caroline Robertson and Jette McKellar breaking clear of Phil Cole and Alex MacQuarrie and joining Barker in the lead at the half way point. Baker and Robertson pushed the pace but it was McKellar that attacked on the return trip and looked set for a remarkable victory. However Baker counter attacked and in a great battle held a small bit winning gap to the finish.