Sweet win for Wayne

Alpine Observer - - Classifieds -

By STRUAN JONES

BRIGHT cy­clist Wayne Hil­dred has won a sprint fin­ish to claim his sec­ond na­tional cham­pi­onship in Me­tung on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

Hil­dred, 63, was rac­ing in the 60-65 age cat­e­gory and came home strong among a bunch of 12 rid­ers fin­ish­ing to­gether af­ter 59km of hilly rac­ing.

The in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive race at­tracts the best cy­clists from around Aus­tralia, and an elite group of 24 started.

“You don’t get big fields, but you get the best there. It’s the cream of the cream; any­one who thinks they have a chance at win­ning it comes, and you race your heart out,” Hil­dred said.

Hil­dred did think he had a chance, but ad­mit­ted he started to doubt him­self when he saw the field, know­ing that many of the other rid­ers had beaten him be­fore, in­clud­ing in the Tour of Bright.

But he came into the race with a bit of form, on the back of al­most four months abroad train­ing in Italy, which in­cluded com­pet­ing in the world cham­pi­onships in the north­ern Ital­ian town of Varese, on Septem­ber 2.

In that race Hil­dred started along­side 350 other rid­ers, and again won a bunch sprint fin­ish, but the main group hadn’t been able to catch a break-away group of seven rid­ers, and he fin­ished eighth.

Hil­dred used to race as a pro­fes­sional cy­clist be­tween 1978 and 1988, in­clud­ing win­ning two Aus­tralian Road ti­tles.

On the bike he de­scribes him­self as an all-rounder who has a good sprint, but ad­mits he’s not the best climber, although he can “keep up”.

He’s lived in Bright now for 15 years, and man­ages the ho­tel Bright Velo with his part­ner Stella on Ire­land Street.

Then next big test on the cal­en­dar is the 3-day Tour of Bright; a race where Hil­dred has fin­ished fourth three times, so is keen to fi­nally break onto the podium.

“I’ll ride that, then I might take it easy for a lit­tle while, I’ve had a big sea­son in Europe,” he said.

“But I’ll keep cy­cling. It keeps you fit and healthy. When you get over 60 you’ve got to look af­ter your­self prob­a­bly more than what you do when you’re 16 or 26.”

Re­flect­ing on the race in Me­tung, Hil­dred de­scribed it as “a sweet win, it was re­ally nice.”

The Tour of Bright starts on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 with an in­di­vid­ual time trial be­tween Bright and Pore­punkah.

VETS Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22 Sta­ble­ford

Win­ner : A Grade Robert Tay­lor (12) 41 points B Grade Har­ri­son Pearce (21) 43 points C Grade De­nis Hayes (27) 37 points c/b

NTP 3rd Marnie Broz 6th Kaye Holmes 11th Kerry New­ton 16th Al­lan Fer­rari

LADIES Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24 Hep­burn Cup 1st Round Ag­gre­gate

Win­ners : A Grade Tina Cook (14) 35 points Marj Orgill (29) 36 points 71 c/b

NTP 3rd Jenny Richter 6th Eliz­a­beth Barker 11th Robyn Poyner

MENS Thurs­day 25th Oc­to­ber Sta­ble­ford

Win­ners : A Grade Norm McIntyre (15) 39 points B Grade Steve Grogan (25) 40 points

NTP 3rd Michael Bal­four 6th Ray Ous­ley 11th John Forbes 16th Gary Shat­tles

MENS Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 Stroke Last Round Mens Club Cham­pi­onships

Win­ners : A Grade John O’Shea 94/74 nett B Grade De­nis Hayes 98/69 nett Mens Club Cham­pion Hamish McPhee

NTP 3rd Ash­ley Lau­ren­son 11th Ga­van Hunt 16th Peter Clough

LADIES Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 Stroke

Win­ners: A Grade Tina Cook (14) 82/68 nett

NTP 3rd Tina Cook 11th Tina Cook 16th Jan Magde­burger

ROUND 12, Spring Com­pe­ti­tion Oc­to­ber 23.

TSP 9-25 (Matt Richard­son 3, Gary Pow­ell 2, Lindy Richard­son 1, Dou­bles 3) de­feated Nit­taku 3-12 (An­drew Syl­westrzak 2, John Mack­ley 1)

Yasaka 8-24 (Michelle Bonacci 3, Steve Mack­ley 3, Dou­bles 2) de­feated Joola 4-15 (Alan Miller 1, Brad Phillips 1, Ge­orge Whit­ford 1, Dou­bles 1)

Donic 7-21 (John Pasqualotto 3, James McKer­ral 2, Dou­bles 2) de­feated But­ter­fly 5-17 (Alan Miller 2, Tyson Buck­ley 1, Wal­ter Brett 1, Dou­bles 1).

PHOTO: Jean-Pierre Ronco

NA­TIONAL CHAM­PION: Wayne Hil­dred cross­ing the line at the Aus­tralian Mas­ters Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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