STAWELL - Rhonda Rice has become the first ever female rider to win the Stawell-Great Western Club Ivan Howes Memorial event.
The sun shone and the wind blew on the last interclub race of the season that attracted 18 senior riders.
Off 42 minutes was Rhonda Rice, Stawell's newest member who would go on to make history.
Next away were Linda Howlett and Jordie Argall along with Shane Kennett, a Hamilton rider on the comeback trail off 26 minutes 45 seconds.
Then off 19 minutes 45 sec were Alice Culling, and Kevin Grellet also on the comeback trail and making his presents felt.
Off 15 minutes and 45 sec were Alan Barnett, Brian Howlett, and Peter Mayo, next away was the three minute and 45 second bunch of Wayne Klaus, Gary Brumby, Geoff Richards, and Allan Stott.
Second scratch off two minutes 15 sec Peter Wemyss, Crystal Wemyss, and Chris Kennett then off scratch were Allan and Todd Satchell.
The Satchell pair combined to form a formidable team that had the winners in sight at the finish.
In the finish, it was a fast finishing solo ride of Rhonda Rice that made her the first female winner of this prestigious race in a time of one hour, 52 minutes.
Next across the line was Ararat's super master, Brian Howlett, with international Peter Mayo finishing third after pulling his foot near the line, but he managed to stay upright.
Kevin Grellet steamed home to take fourth place.
Fastest time was a dash to the line with the Satchells fighting it out.
Todd won from his brother for the second time in this race in the time of one hour, nine minutes and 57 seconds.
As always there was an abundance of prizes and Beryl Howes was on hand to hand them to the successful riders.
The club wishes to extend its appreciation to the entire Howes family for their continued support over the years.
Tuesday night racing is set to get underway on the second Tuesday in November (November 12).
For more information, contact Jesse on 0434 556 643.