Sweet win for Wayne
By STRUAN JONES
BRIGHT cyclist Wayne Hildred has won a sprint finish to claim his second national championship in Metung on Friday, October 19.
Hildred, 63, was racing in the 60-65 age category and came home strong among a bunch of 12 riders finishing together after 59km of hilly racing.
The incredibly competitive race attracts the best cyclists from around Australia, and an elite group of 24 started.
“You don’t get big fields, but you get the best there. It’s the cream of the cream; anyone who thinks they have a chance at winning it comes, and you race your heart out,” Hildred said.
Hildred did think he had a chance, but admitted he started to doubt himself when he saw the field, knowing that many of the other riders had beaten him before, including in the Tour of Bright.
But he came into the race with a bit of form, on the back of almost four months abroad training in Italy, which included competing in the world championships in the northern Italian town of Varese, on September 2.
In that race Hildred started alongside 350 other riders, and again won a bunch sprint finish, but the main group hadn’t been able to catch a break-away group of seven riders, and he finished eighth.
Hildred used to race as a professional cyclist between 1978 and 1988, including winning two Australian Road titles.
On the bike he describes himself as an all-rounder who has a good sprint, but admits he’s not the best climber, although he can “keep up”.
He’s lived in Bright now for 15 years, and manages the hotel Bright Velo with his partner Stella on Ireland Street.
Then next big test on the calendar is the 3-day Tour of Bright; a race where Hildred has finished fourth three times, so is keen to finally break onto the podium.
“I’ll ride that, then I might take it easy for a little while, I’ve had a big season in Europe,” he said.
“But I’ll keep cycling. It keeps you fit and healthy. When you get over 60 you’ve got to look after yourself probably more than what you do when you’re 16 or 26.”
Reflecting on the race in Metung, Hildred described it as “a sweet win, it was really nice.”
The Tour of Bright starts on Friday, November 30 with an individual time trial between Bright and Porepunkah.
VETS Monday, October 22 Stableford
Winner : A Grade Robert Taylor (12) 41 points B Grade Harrison Pearce (21) 43 points C Grade Denis Hayes (27) 37 points c/b
NTP 3rd Marnie Broz 6th Kaye Holmes 11th Kerry Newton 16th Allan Ferrari
LADIES Wednesday, October 24 Hepburn Cup 1st Round Aggregate
Winners : A Grade Tina Cook (14) 35 points Marj Orgill (29) 36 points 71 c/b
NTP 3rd Jenny Richter 6th Elizabeth Barker 11th Robyn Poyner
MENS Thursday 25th October Stableford
Winners : A Grade Norm McIntyre (15) 39 points B Grade Steve Grogan (25) 40 points
NTP 3rd Michael Balfour 6th Ray Ousley 11th John Forbes 16th Gary Shattles
MENS Saturday, October 27 Stroke Last Round Mens Club Championships
Winners : A Grade John O’Shea 94/74 nett B Grade Denis Hayes 98/69 nett Mens Club Champion Hamish McPhee
NTP 3rd Ashley Laurenson 11th Gavan Hunt 16th Peter Clough
LADIES Saturday, October 27 Stroke
Winners: A Grade Tina Cook (14) 82/68 nett
NTP 3rd Tina Cook 11th Tina Cook 16th Jan Magdeburger
ROUND 12, Spring Competition October 23.
TSP 9-25 (Matt Richardson 3, Gary Powell 2, Lindy Richardson 1, Doubles 3) defeated Nittaku 3-12 (Andrew Sylwestrzak 2, John Mackley 1)
Yasaka 8-24 (Michelle Bonacci 3, Steve Mackley 3, Doubles 2) defeated Joola 4-15 (Alan Miller 1, Brad Phillips 1, George Whitford 1, Doubles 1)
Donic 7-21 (John Pasqualotto 3, James McKerral 2, Doubles 2) defeated Butterfly 5-17 (Alan Miller 2, Tyson Buckley 1, Walter Brett 1, Doubles 1).
NATIONAL CHAMPION: Wayne Hildred crossing the line at the Australian Masters National Championships.