Police in bike blitz October 19, 2005 FIFTY motorcyclists were nabbed for speeding on the Great Ocean Road over the past week, including one rider who was clocked at 76kmh over the limit. At least another 20 speeding motorcyclists eluded Colac police who were stationed between Apollo Bay and Princetown. Sergeant Shane Howard, of the Corangamite Traffic Management Unit, said words could not express how he felt about speeding motorists after the recent spate of deaths on the region's roads. "Obviously it's disappointing," he said. "But this is typical behaviour of a certain group of people." Sergeant Howard said the operation targeted motorcyclists on their way to Phillip Island's 2005 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Thursday and Friday and their return on Monday. More than half the speeding riders were caught on Monday. One rider was clocked at 176kmh in a 100kmh zone at Johanna, with another nabbed doing 167kmh. Five riders were caught between 35 and 40kmh over the 100kmh limit, while another three were doing 100kmh in a 70kmh zone. "If we had the right equipment and manpower, we'd have caught 20 more," Sergeant Howard said. He said most of the riders were interstate residents. "They may not be aware of our recent history (of accidents resulting in fatalities) but that doesn't excuse them for ignoring our road rules," he said. Members of the Geelong Regional Tasking Unit were also involved in the operation, targeting the rest of the Great Ocean Road. Fines of up to $451 were issued to 50 motorcyclists. Many lost demerit points while several also lost all vehicle licences for up to 12 months. From the Warnambool Standard Website.