Lyster wins prized shield

TRAIN RIDE: (Above) Wangaratta’s Trent Hyde and Chris Howard leading the seven-minute ‘train’ through the hills of Greta South. PHOTO: Peter Simpson

LAST Saturday saw the Wangaratta Cycling Club hold its annual Ian Bulluss Memorial Race, a challenging 65km handicap road race from Benalla to Wangaratta.

A total of 60 riders competed across seven handicap groups which were 22-minute (limit), 15-minute, 11-minute, seven-minute, four-minute, one-minute and scratch.

It was large number of riders heading down Shanley Street that made for a spectacular finish to the race with Brad Scott (Coburg) getting over the line by half-a-bike length to Tully Lyster (Wangaratta), followed by Craig McMillan (Lavington) in third place.

At the presentations, Paul Lane announced the winners in the top eight positions and then spoke respectfully of Lance Bulluss’s 10 year old son Ian, who showed a lot of promise as a junior competitive cyclist but tragically lost his life while out on a local training ride.

Lance Bulluss, who has always been a keen supporter of local competitive cycling, then presented the Ian Bulluss Memorial Shield, which is always awarded to the first Wangaratta rider over the line.

In this race, it was local club rider Tully Lyster who graciously accepted the shield.

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