Per­fect tim­ing for cy­clist’s sprint fin­ish

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

JADE Maddern timed her sprint to per­fec­tion, win­ning the Noel Smith Me­mo­rial cy­cling race by just a few me­tres.

Maddern was in the lead­ing field when a last ditch dash from Chase Costello-Man­ning saw him blast to the front, in search of the line.

But Maddern and sec­ond-place get­ter An­gus McLean roped him in — Maddern tak­ing the lead with just 50m re­main­ing.

The me­mo­rial race is held each year by the Echuca Moama Cy­cling Club in re­mem­brance of for­mer club pres­i­dent Noel Smith who died dur­ing a train­ing ride for the 2006 Mur­ray to Moyne fundraiser for Echuca Re­gional Health.

Nathan Smith at­tended the EMCC race on be­half of the Smith fam­ily.

In the race, which fea­tured 45 rid­ers split over 39 min­utes, it was an in­ter­est­ing test, given the gusty breeze and longer race dis­tance.

All bunches suf­fered ca­su­al­ties within 10km, which lev­elled the play­ing field.

On the sec­ond lap, the mid­dle bunches looked the best chance of vic­tory with the sec­ond and scratch groups still 10 min­utes off the pace go­ing into the last lap.

The mid­dle bunches con­verged in the last lap, by which time the scratch and sec­ond-scratch bunches had merged.

Their gap to the lead was down to about four min­utes at the last turn­around point.

From there a fi­nal dash to the line loomed with all groups com­ing to­gether with just 1.5km to the rib­bon.

With Maddern cross­ing the line first, the EMCC is head­ing back to Koyuga this week for race six of the Ivan and Lor­raine Collings Se­ries. Re­sults First: Jade Maddern Sec­ond: An­gus McLean Third: Trent Steven­son Fourth: Liam Ed­wards Fifth: Chase Costello-Man­ning. An­gus McLean claimed the fastest time.

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