Dream end to Bat­tle Recharge race fi­nale

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Daniel Mcken­zie

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.

PHOTO: VELOSHOTZ

FEEL­ING THE HEAT: Male com­peti­tors wind through the cane dur­ing the 2017 edi­tion of the Bat­tle Recharge.

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