Cyclists kept cool in hot race
AGE and experience beat youthful enthusiasm in hot and gusty conditions at the Ballina Master Cycling Club's two-rider event on Saturday.
Held along River Dr on a 20km course to Wardell, riders faced a roadside temperature of 38 degrees and strong winds..
Four teams of two riders competed in the event which involves the riders handicaps to be added together and then divided in half, with the pair whose total was closest to their handicap declared the winners.
Teams were literally drawn from a hat and in starting order were: Andrew Downey and Alison Paterson, Bruce Quinn and Garry Whitfield, David Cowdrey and Bruce Syme and Craig Thompson and Richard Brown.
The teams set off at one minute intervals and were assisted by a strong northerly tail-wind, with some good speeds set on the outward leg.
All the teams were riding strongly in the conditions to Wardell but the robust headwind wind coupled with the heat on the way back proved too much for Paterson who was forced to retire.
1st D. Cowdrey & Bruce Syme 37:48, +1:03 on their Handicap.
2nd G. Whitfield & Bruce Quinn 39:08, +2:46.
3rd C. Thompson & R. Brown 41:05, +3:05.
DNF A. Paterson & A. Downey.