Geared up for glory

Geelong Advertiser - - WARRNAMBOOL - AN­DREA HAM­BLIN

JAN Juc’s Craig Faval­oro had the need for just one speed when he took on a 24– hour moun­tain bike race.

The 4 5 – y e a r – o l d placed third in his first overnight race, the Scott 24 Hour in Canberra last week­end.

He hadn’t rid­den for that long be­fore, and did it on a sin­gle gear, with no sus­pen­sion.

‘‘ It makes you ride re­ally smooth— it’s sud­denly not about the bike but about the per­son on it,’’ Faval­oro said.

‘‘I was lucky I had a good ride and fol­lowed by lines.

‘‘But I wouldn’t ride on sin­gle speed for 24 hours again.’’

F a v a l o r o was up against world cham­pion riders and, in a field of more than 400, he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to place.

‘‘For me, it was about fin­ish­ing, it was that per­sonal achieve­ment.’’

Faval­oro said he’d use his win­nings to shout his ‘‘pit crew’’ a meal.

‘‘Peo­ple say that rid­ing is solo but it is any­thing but,’’ Faval­oro said.

‘‘I credit the fact that I fin­ished to my fam­ily and friends.’’

Amer­i­can golfer Ja­son Dufner.

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