Trio shine on na­tional stage

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THREE Sun­shine Coast rid­ers ex­celled at the Cy­cling Aus­tralia Masters Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships staged on the Gold Coast last month.

Bud­erim’s Mick Pat­ton was in the Masters 9 (aged 70-75) cham­pion of cham­pi­ons jersey, after vic­tory in both the road race and cri­terium.

Ja­son Ford (aged 50-54) also claimed the cham­pi­ons jersey for his age di­vi­sion with strong per­for­mances across the week­end, which in­cluded vic­tory in the Masters 5 road race.

Jeff Lid­dell was in out­stand­ing form, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Masters 8 (aged 65-69) time trial, cri­terium and road race. Un­luck­ily for Jeff he was com­pet­ing in the same cat­e­gory as for­mer five-time world cham­pion Danny Clark, who proved too strong in the cri­terium and the road race.

Jeff was named cham­pion of cham­pi­ons post event, fol­low­ing a re­view by Cy­cling Aus­tralia after con­fu­sion sur­round­ing whether rid­ers had to com­pete in all three events to qual­ify for the hon­our.

For Mick, the re­sult was a re­turn to form after strug­gling in his de­fence of the gran fondo world cham­pi­onship at Albi, France, dur­ing Au­gust this year.

He con­tracted a chest in­fec­tion just be­fore jet­ting off, and only re­turned to near full strength about one month ago.

“It was good to have a hit out and fire up again,” Mick said.

“I was off the pace for a while up the hills. I couldn’t get any air in. Luck­ily (at the Gold Coast) there were no re­ally big climbs.”

Rac­ing along­side some of the younger com­peti­tors, Mick spent a lot of his time on the wheel of Sunny Coast com­pa­triot Jeff in both events.

There was some tight rac­ing in the cri­terium on the Satur­day which in­cluded 30 min­utes plus three laps.

“We had some good rid­ers in the bunch. Keith Oliver is an ex-world cham­pion and he was there right to the fin­ish and he’s nearly 80,” Mick said.

“The pace was steady, noth­ing bal­lis­tic. Danny Clark had one go, and Jeff jumped across to him. I was watch­ing them and they slowed and we all came back to­gether.”

In the clos­ing stages Danny proved too strong, with Jeff fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Mick third.

The fol­low­ing day’s 56km road race saw some tense mo­ments even be­fore the race with Jeff hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with a SRAM eTap elec­tronic shifter. Un­able to move from the big chain ring, he was forced to use the big cog for the en­tire race de­spite some 11th hour ef­forts to have it fixed.

“A guy from Syd­ney had a go early and he couldn’t get away. But Danny Clark went on the first lap,” Mick said.

“It was on the sec­ond hill, then there was a bit of a false flat, Danny went like he had a rocket up his arse. It was just amaz­ing.

“He knew the course and we never saw him again.

“The bunch got whit­tled down on the last lap. Com­ing into the fin­ish I was think­ing I should have sent Jeff to Spec Savers. He took off into the head wind and I poked my head up and we had miles to go.

“He was on full gas. Any­one else would have folded. He kept go­ing. I started to come around him, he kicked again...he’s got this af­ter­burner and I didn’t get around him.”

Jeff stopped the clock at 1hr 38min 53 sec, just over four min­utes be­hind Danny.

Pre­sented by Cy­cling Queens­land on be­half of Cy­cling Aus­tralia, the cham­pi­onships were a key op­er­a­tional trial for the Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games road race. The 18.7km closed-road cir­cuit fea­tures a va­ri­ety of test­ing ter­rain while show­cas­ing the pic­turesque, iconic Cur­rumbin Beach.

Here's the Sunny Coast re­sults.

Time trial 20km:

Masters 4 - 10th Sue Din­gas 31:06.9.

Masters 8 - 2nd Jef­frey Lid­dell 26:48.0.

Masters 7 - 8th Gary Buck­ley 28:43.2.

Masters 6 - 16th Robert Thomp­son 29:47.3.

Masters 5 - 9th Ja­son Ford 25:18.9. 24th Sim­non El­lis 28:52.2.

Masters 4 - 20th Matthew Clark 27:20.8.

Masters 2 - 11th Shaun Phillip­son 25:38.3.

Masters 1 - 11th Luke van Maa­nen­berg 26:34.6.

Cri­terium

Men Masters 1 - 3rd Ben Price.

Mas­ter 4 - 23rd Kent Car­pen­ter. 24th William Crad­dock.

Masters 5 - 1st Ja­son Ford. 37th Richard O'Con­nell.

Masters 8 - 2nd Jef­frey Lid­dell.

Masters 9 - 1st Mick Pat­ton

Women Masters 4 - 960 Mar­ion Kahler.

Road race

Men Masters 4 75km - 9th Kent Car­pen­ter, 31st Matthew Clark, 37th William Crad­dock.

Masters 6 56km - 30th Aaron Nolan. Masters 7 - 13th Gary Buck­ley.

Masters 8 - 2nd Jef­frey Lid­dell. 16th Robert Daw­son.

Masters 9 - 1st Mick Pat­ton 1h38:53. Women

Masters 6 - 6th Cathy Scott.

Masters 4 - 8th Mandy Newman.

PHO­TOS: MAL KEE­BLE, 4564 IM­AGES

Jeff Lid­dell, Rob Daw­son and Mick Pat­ton.

Si­mon El­lis fo­cused on get­ting to the top in the road race.

Mandy Newman on the steep­est sec­tion of the road race.

Jeff Lid­dell (far left) claims his third sil­ver medal, with Danny Clark (cen­tre) and Peter Jansen.

Luke van Maa­nen­berg.

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