Strik­ing gold at state road champs

Multisport Mecca - - News - Mal Kee­ble

SUN­SHINE Coast cy­clists punched above their weight to bring home four gold medals and three sil­ver medals at the week­end’s Queens­land se­nior road cham­pi­onships held at Elim­bah.

Ryan Ca­vanagh claimed the big­gest win on the day in the men’s un­der-23 race. The 130km race was de­cided in the final 200 me­tres with Ryan and Bris­bane’s Olly Smith locked in a sprint to the fin­ish.

Only mil­lime­tres sep­a­rated the two with Olly’s wheel cross­ing the line first but he set­tled for sec­ond place when he was rel­e­gated by of­fi­cials af­ter he ran off the course on the final cor­ner.

Sun­shine Coast Cy­cling Club claimed its first gold medal early in the day when Jeff Lid­dell crossed the line first in the masters men 8 di­vi­sion. Ja­son Ford claimed one of the most pop­u­lar wins of the day when he came from be­hind to win the masters men 5 di­vi­sion.

Fraser Coast Cy­cling Club’s Dy­lan New­berry, who is based on the Coast, claimed the elite men’s vic­tory. Dy­lan who re­cently re­turned from rac­ing in Europe showed his class and ex­pe­ri­ence through­out the 130km race.

Cathy Scott (masters women 6), Ben Sut­ton (masters men 2) and Gary Buck­ley (masters men 7) put in strong per­for­mances to claim sil­ver medals.

Taj Jones and Ocker Hen­ning nar­rowly missed out on the medals in the ju­nior men’s race (un­der-19). Taj and Ocker made it into the break­away group, which formed on lap one of their 108km race, and came across the line three sec­onds be­hind the win­ner in sixth and sev­enth po­si­tions re­spec­tively.

PHO­TOS: MAL KEE­BLE

Ryan Ca­vanagh (left) and Bris­bane's Olly Smith throw for the line in the un­der-23 race.

Jeff Lid­dell in con­trol on the Elim­bah road course.

Cathy Scott and Marion Kahler chase down a break in the women's race.

Ja­son Ford all smiles be­fore his vic­tory.

Taj Jones in ac­tion.

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