EACH year, the last Sunday in November is set aside on the Hume Veterans calendar to celebrate the life of a great man.
A former president of the club, one of the founding members and a man who was inducted into cycling’s Hall of Fame the legendry George Goodwin.
Twenty-five starters fronted up at Dookie for the George Goodwin Memorial Trophy Race which is held on the almost flat course from Dookie to Katandra via Yabba, before returning back to Dookie for the finish.
The five-strong scratch bunch were chasing lone limit rider Bruce Kneebone, who began with a 30 minute advantage, with four bunches in between.
The hot, dry winds changed direction during the event and made the morning difficult for many groups and individual riders.
The second turnaround at the Tocumwal Road was when the race started to come together.
Block reeled in the middle markers and they in turn fell to scratch.
The second group of middle markers caught the remnants of the out marker group and they too were swept up just after turning at Yabba to head home.
But there were still two riders out front.
They were Huggins, who had gone it alone into the very strong headwind, from the 20 minute group, and Kneebone, who wasn’t going to surrender easily.
But all their efforts were in vain as scratch and another 15 riders swept them up and headed the race 5km from the finish line.
As always, the Church hill climb, which comes 2km from the flag, seems to be the launching place for the super strong and super fit.