Riding in Memory of Joe

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), August 6, 2015 | Go to article overview

Riding in Memory of Joe


CYCLING: The annual Joe Micallef Memorial Shield 73km handicap was contested at the weekend over two laps of the challenging Marian to North Eton course.

The event was first run in 1961 in memory of young cyclist Joe Micallef who was tragically killed while training.

It is one of the longest races on the Mackay Cycling Club calendar with the handicap spread over 27 minutes, giving the scratch markers a long wait after the first riders have made a start.

The limit bunch consisted of seasoned veterans John O'Meara, Louis Bezzina, Brian Hammer and Gerry Ryan, along with talented junior Brittany Wedemeyer and new comer Jim Ryman.

Giving the limit riders 12 minutes start were John Slater, Royce Jones, Ben Medhurst and in-form junior Thomas Ford, who has been one to watch in recent weeks, after winning the B-grade July Criterium Series.

The 17 minute bunch of Ashely Brownsey, Garry France, Cameron Single and Jade Hammer set a blistering pace early in the long journey, making a concerted effort to bridge the five minute gap quickly and join forces with 12 minute bunch. It was a move that paid off, as the two groups came together 25km into the race.

The "Chopping Block" bunch of Scott Manning, Nixon Brauer and Jarrod Sampson had their work cut out chasing the newly formed eight-person group in front. …

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