Sport

Club cyclists have a wheely good weekend

Byron Bay Cycling Club C-grade rider, Neil Scott won the sprint, Nick Ruane won the event and Nick Smith was second at the BBCC crits race on the weekend.
Byron Bay Cycling Club C-grade rider, Neil Scott won the sprint, Nick Ruane won the event and Nick Smith was second at the BBCC crits race on the weekend. Supplied

WHEN it comes to cycling fast, age, cunning and experience often topple youthful enthusiasm.

At the senior end of the weekend's cycling spectrum, the Ballina Masters Cycling Club saw eight riders battle a strong south-easterly on the 20km individual handicap along a testing course to Wardell, before turning to enjoy robust tailwinds on the home run.

Alison Paterson was first away on limit given a handicap of 44 minutes, followed by Kevin Durkin 39.30, Gavin Rose 39.00, Richard Brown 38.00, Bruce Quinn 37.00, David Cowdrey 36.45, Garry Whitfield 36.30 and finally off scratch Brendan Lowrey 33.30.

All riders put in a strong showing to reach the Wardell turnaround with the back markers closing in rapidly, with Quinn already passing the two riders ahead of him.

Lowrey attacked the riders ahead at speed and despite valiant attempts to hold his wheel they were left behind and he won on a time of 33.23 and finished with the closest time to his handicap.

Quinn placed second with 38.39, BMCC president, Durkin third with 41.10, followed closely by Whitfield with 38.22, Cowdrey with 38.40, Rose with 42.55 and eventually Paterson with 50.26.

Pocket rocket Richard Brown won February's monthly medal award donated by Matt Durkin, from Earth Electrical, just two points ahead of Whitfield.

BMCC officials were Ian Gailer (race referee), Alan Paull (timekeeper) and Carole Sharrock (first aid officer). 

Meanwhile, the young guns at the Byron Bay Cycling Club overcame a small field by combining A and B grades.

”This lead to some pain for the B graders,” BBCC social media co-ordinator Ritchie Duncan said.

”We had to work very hard.”

Mr Duncan said Andrew Crawley of Manly-Warringah Cycling Club made a solo break away after 15 minutes.

"He stayed away with a great individual effort and the remaining riders stayed together until the final lap,” he said.

Adam Taylor sprinted away for second place and Duncan was third.

Mr Duncan said the riders displayed great sportsmanship keeping the group.

"Anthony Condon showed he was a true gentleman on the final straight,” he said.

"C-Grade was a competitive affair with relentless attacks by Nick Ruane and Nick Smith from the start.”

Mr Ritchie said Chloe Butt made a great maiden criterion entry to racing.

"After the event Nick Ruane was seen in discussions with the handicapper after solid performances in the crits of late,” he said.

"Rumour is he may be moving up to B grade.”

BBCC results

A/B Combined

1st Andrew Crawley MWCC

2nd Adam Taylor BBCC

3rd Ritchie Duncan BBCC

C Grade

1st Nick Ruane BBCC

2nd Nick Smith BBCC

3rd Peter Fairfull GCC

Prim Neil Scott BBCC 

A big thank you to the volunteers that controlled the corners and to Steve Slee who did a great job as commissar! The races do not happen without them.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Shark removed from rock wall at Ballina

A dead shark washed up on the rocks at North Wall.

Dusky whaler shark removed for research

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

Marathon fight against "horrible" disease

Headshave team captain Suanne Richards (left) helped to raise $2,000 at Relay for Life on Saturday.

"It's really hard being on the sidelines of all this.”

Local Partners

Bungawalbin hunkers down again as rain revisits

A RISING watertable and incessant rain mean more flooding for Bungawalbin residents who are still recovering from the earlier downpours.

Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

The Lyrical, beyond the 'F' word

Roots, Hip-Hop and Reggae artist Karl Smith, also known as The Lyrical.

Hiphop artist brings his latest music to the area

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Gogglebox shock: ‘This is so bloody juicy’

THE Gogglebox households can’t quite believe their eyes as they watch one of the most scandalous TV...

New Oscars fiasco safety net

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture. During the acceptance speech, the real winner was revealed.

Academy ‘won’t sack PwC’ but new safeguards in place.

Frozen’s original ending was much darker

Disney’s hit movie Frozen nearly turned out very, very differently.

IF THE original script had gone ahead, Frozen would have been grim.

Bea's parting gift: The Freak's in the frame

Pamela Rabe stars as Joan Ferguson in a scene from season five of the TV series Wentworth.

Gripping prison drama Wentworth returns for a volatile fifth season.

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

LEGO Batman and Scarlett Johansson take on Beauty and the Beast.

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Boss Baby story is a little far-fetched

A scene from the movie The Boss Baby.

After nailing Trump, Alec Baldwin’s career takes a strange detour.

MKR’s Amy blasts Josh’s ‘sl*t’ slur

Amy Murr, pictured with brother Tyson, said rival contestant Josh Meeuwissen crossed the line when he called her a ‘sl*t’.

AMY responds after being called a ‘sl*t’ by MKR’s villain Josh.

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

It's official: Byron Bay unaffordable

MILLIONAIRES ROW: The Housing Commission house in Keats St, Byron Bay which sold at auction on Saturday for $1.65 million.

Buying a home in Bay Bay is a dream too far for some

Northern Rivers vacancy rates slip backwards

LITTLE ROOM: Vacancy rates on rental properties have dropped by .5% in the Northern Rivers to just 1.1%.

Northern Rivers rental housing shortage beats Sydney

Coast home luring interstate buyers sold

PRIZED POSITION: Blue clip location, peaceful surroundings, spacious living with swimming pool, tennis court on 4562sq
m

The property was described as a 'Queenslander with Hamptons style'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!