Striking gold at state road champs
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.
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.