Coldwell rekindles form of old
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.
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.