Cyclists take on Mary Valley roads
CYCLING: A winner was crowned in round 3 of the Camperland Queensland Road Teams Series in the Mary Valley last weekend with incredible support from the local region.
Cycling Queensland vice-president John Osborne thanked Gympie Police for the professional way in which they worked with race organisers to ensure the field of about 100 cyclists rode safely throughout both days.
"The competitors gained a great sense of security knowing the traffic in both directions was well controlled," he said.
"The two courses on Saturday and Sunday were particularly good for this style of competition."
"As vice-president of Cycling Queensland, I would like to extend a sincere thanks to the mayor, council, transport and main roads as well as Andrew Saunders for the wonderful support, cooperation and spirited way in which the pre-planning as well as the presentations on both Saturday and Sunday.
"It was truly a great weekend of cycling.
"There were only a few minor accidents for the weekend."
Osborne said the unexpected warm weather on the Saturday played havoc with riders.
Many had prepared for cooler conditions and found themselves frequently needing water and their handlers were rushing around after the riders all weekend.
"Riders were very forthcoming on their praise of the course," he said.
Osborne thought it was the largest group of spectators and supporters he had seen awaiting the riders in Kenilworth.
They surrounded the competitors on both sides of the street.
Many riders spoke off the great reception and how the crowd motivated them throughout the two days.
"Cycling Queensland now looks very much working with the mayor, council and Andrew on planning courses for both 2016 and 2017".
Saturday, Stage 1 (95km):
Jack Anderson, Brisbane Camperland team, 2 hours, 18 minutes - 1 Nick Woods, McDonalds Downunder team - 2 Andrew Macfarlane, Campos Cycling team - 3
Sunday, Stage 2 (107km)
Saxon Irvine, Spicers Retreat team, 2 hours, 48 minutes - 1 Nick Woods, McDonalds Downunder team - 2 Harry Sweeny, team TLD - 3 Leaders, with just 25 points between 1 and 3. Nick Woods, 1 Sam Volkers, 2 Jack Anderson 3.