Dream end to Battle Recharge race finale
A DREAM weekend of racing capped off a stunning tour performance on the Tweed for a Battle Recharge competitor.
Beginning in Murwillumbah last Saturday before moving onto Tyalgum, the three-day, four-stage Battle Recharge courses covering distances up to 129km drew some of Australia’s best domestic cyclists.
Culminating on Monday, High5 Dream Team rider Lucy Kennedy battled hot conditions to win the final stage and claim both the Queen of the Mountain and General Classifications crowns.
After sharing the leader’s jersey around the team earlier in the race, Kennedy took the podium with teammates Rebecca Wiasak and Emily Roper who finished second and third respectively.
On the men’s side, after charging to a six-minute victory in stage three, Brendon Davids sealed General Classification victory following stage four, claiming the first ever tour win for his Oliver’s Real Food Racing Team. Jason Lea (Isowhey Sports Swisswellness) finished second on General Classification, with Kane Richards (Team Mcdonald’s Down Under) coming in third.
In graded racing, Murwillumbah Cycle Club’s Scott Carpenter took home the overall General Classification result in Masters Division Four.
A staple on the Tweed sporting calendar since its inception in 2009, race director Mike Crawley said preliminary planning for the 2018 version was already under way.
As the largest race of its type on the East Coast, Crawley said the destination was always a major drawcard for competitors.
“Our goal (is) to give riders some great racing and bring athletes and their supporters from around Australia to the Tweed,” Crawley said.
FEELING THE HEAT: Male competitors wind through the cane during the 2017 edition of the Battle Recharge.