Monday, March 20, 2006

Mt Tiresome

The 19th of March saw the running of the Nathan O'Neill Classic.
Six Team Dalby cyclists entered - ELITE C
John Cook
Sam Beck
Brady Cumming
- Masters C
Damian Cumming
Andrea Gormely
Tony (chipo) Nolan
With gale force winds and rough roads Team Dalby found it hard going.
Also being the first race of the SEQ Tour,riders came out to win which made the pace hard and fast.John Cook was the best performer of the day with a 4th place followed by Brady with 6th.Sam also rode well being his second road race ever and will be a force with more training and racing.Damian was the best finisher in the Masters C coming home with the peloton.Andrea and Chipo also finished well and found the hard and fast.All riders had good support from other Team Dalby members with a small crew coming to cheer them on which they appreciate.

The Toowoomba Cycling Club's Race Promoter, Peter York has started the 2006 open road racing off on a high note with an extremely successful Nathan O'Neill Classic. The inaugrual event held in the tranquil surrounds of Mt Tyson, approximately 40 kms west of Toowoomba, ran with precision and was a hit with riders and spectators alike.

The pleasant Mt Tyson scenery and local folk where in stark contrast to the tough 25km cicruit that met the riders. Whilst many riders sighed a breath of relief that the course was not quite the Pyrennian nightmare that the race profile deplicted, there was sufficient uphill to cause riders to spend a fair amount of time in the red zone. The categories raced between 2and 5 laps of the circuit, with each lap containing three notable hills. This, combined with a strong blustery wind, caused high rates of attritian in all races.

Elite Mens C

The Elite Mens C race covered 3 laps of the Mt Tyson circuit. Despite the fast pace the peloton was still together at the beginning of the third lap. However, David Wadsworth (HPRW), John Cook and Brady Cumming (Team Bikeline) and Clinton Amble (Team Vino's) were not waiting around for a bunch sprint. Together with others including Adam Gill and Ken Wearing (Balmoral) and a break was formed which was to decide the day. In the end David Wadsworth and Adam Gill gave their break companions the slip and took first and second respectively. Clinton Amble won the bunch sprint for third in a powerful display of speed.

Masters C

The Masters C race is one of the most exciting competitions in the SEQ Tour with no less than 7 teams competing in the Teams Competition. However, there was only one team in the race today and that was the "Redback" boys from Wynnum Redland CC who placed 7 riders in the top 10. The massive teams result will put an enormous pressure on the other teams to make up the difference over the coming races. Well done the WRCC Redbacks!


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