Elite victory for Jake
CYCLIST Jake van der Vliet claimed overall victory at the Battle Recharge event held throughout the weekend.
Jake put in a strong performance in each of the four stages in the Elite Division 1 race to win by more than two minutes.
Jake headed a small Sunshine Coast group of cyclists at Battle Recharge that was held at Tyalgum in northern New South Wales. The event, known as the Battle on the Border, was originally planned for the long weekend in May but had to be rescheduled due to the road damage caused by ex-Cyclone Debbie.
Jake stamped his authority on the race in the stage two criterium, taking the win by 11 seconds. This result was on the back of a second place finish in the stage one time trial.
Jake claimed a second win in the stage three road race to extend his overall lead to more than two minutes and 20 seconds.
The final stage was another road race with Jake finishing 14 seconds behind the stage winner in fourth position. This resulted in Jake taking the overall win by two minutes and eight seconds.
Fellow Sunshine Coast rider Elliot McKean finished in sixth place overall. Ryan Cavanagh and Dylan Newberry finished strongly in the final stage of the National Road Series (NRS) that coincided with the Battle Recharge event. Ryan and Dylan sprinted across the line in second and third position respectively.
Dylan finished the NRS round in seventh position with Ryan one second behind in eighth place.
Teenger Jake van der Vliet in action.