Cycling veterans set to take on Camperdown to Warrnambool handicap

EAGER: Warrnambool Veterans Cycling Club president Barry Warren.

EAGER: Warrnambool Veterans Cycling Club president Barry Warren.

MORE than 20 Warrnambool veteran cyclists will be among those vying for a podium finish in Saturday’s Bill Long Camperdown to Warrnambool handicap.

The 70km race, which sets out from Camperdown’s Commercial Hotel at 11am, is expected to draw a field over more than 100 riders, and will finish on Raglan Parade’s ahead of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

Warrnambool Veterans Cycling Club president Barry Warren said it was the “biggest veterans’ race in Victoria for the year”.

“It has all the top veteran riders in the state riding, with 23 Warrnambool riders starting in the field,” he said.

“John Watkinson will be riding off scratch and is in great form at the moment.

“Also off the back mark, Craig Taylor has come second in the Melbourne to Warrnambool; there’s also Matt Hand and Chris Carr. Off the middle mark, there’s Peter Fitzgerald, Brett Worrall and Brett Rantall.”

Three Warrnambool veteran riders will be competing in Saturday’s Melbourne to Warrnambool, with Tim Reddick, Peter Gregg and Josh McMinn all set to tackle the 277km race.