Cold­well rekin­dles form of old

Multisport Mecca - - VELOTHON SUNSHINE COAST -

LUCY Cold­well says she suf­fered through the fi­nal day of Velothon Sun­shine Coast but the Coolum vet emerged a com­pre­hen­sive win­ner of the women’s divi­sion.

Syd­ney’s Philip Taafe claimed over­all hon­ours among the men but Cold­well starred among the Coast con­tin­gent.

The for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games com­peti­tor for Scot­land fin­ished atop the stand­ings af­ter win­ning each of the three stages dur­ing the three-day event.

She also won the King of the Moun­tain and Sprint clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

She fin­ished 19min 56sec ahead of Shel­ley Nis­bet – but that doesn’t mean she did it easy.

“By the time we got to Obi Obi I was re­ally suf­fer­ing. Know­ing the climb was a slight dis­ad­van­tage be­cause I knew what was ahead of me,” she said.

“At least I was in a good group so I just tried to hang on. There was no chat from me in the bunch, I was still suf­fer­ing.”

She said she was de­lighted to be in­volved in Velothon Sun­shine Coast.

“Be­ing a lo­cal ride it is a bit spe­cial and I am re­ally happy with how things have worked out this year, per­son­ally and for the team Mul­tisport Mecca.”

Stage 3 con­sisted of a 152km ride from Twin Wa­ters to Ma­roochy­dore via the hin­ter­land.

Amid the men, Gary Han­cock won the day but Taafe was de­lighted to claim over­all hon­ours af­ter com­ing sec­ond last year. He was 31 sec­onds ahead of Alex Malone. The Mecca team also in­cluded Danielle Evans, David Chick and David Schloss, who col­lec­tively com­fort­ably won the mixed team divi­sion.

“The best part was the dif­fer­ent ride ev­ery day, a re­ally hilly first day, faster shorter sec­ond day and big steep Obi Obi climb and longer ride on the Sun­day,” Chick said.

“It was faster and harder than last year with higher qual­ity cy­clists do­ing it which made it more than a chal­lenge.

“We had an awe­some team, com­ing from a di­verse sport­ing back­ground, great hav­ing the girls in the team that rode re­ally well.”

Chick was at the pointy end of the race, of­ten push­ing the pace, and went hard on day three with a solo break­away at the 70km mark, but he paid the price at Kiel Moun­tain on the trek home to Cot­ton Tree, but was fourth to climb over Obi Obi.

The Sun­shine Coast crew of (from left) Tony Bryan, Josh Green, Sean Fraser, Danielle Evans, David Chick, Dal­las Black­law, Rob­bie An­drews, David Schloss, Justin Voss and Lucy Cold­well.

PHO­TOS: GRANT ED­WARDS

FINE FORM: Lucy Cold­well climbs Coghill Road on her way to win­ning the first stage of Velothon Sun­shine Coast.

Alas­tair Mackel­lar and Ar­mani Drake of ACA help­ing out fel­low riders on day one.

Gary We­ston ahead of com­pet­ing in Velothon.

Paul Batch­e­lor on Coghill.

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