Like wine and cheese, senior cyclists gets better with age
AGE is no indication of speed and tactics and when it comes to veterans cycle racing, if members of the Ballina Masters Cycling Club are any indication, younger riders in the Northern Rivers will be upping their training in an effort to keep up.
On Tuesday evening the BMCC met to present their annual awards to the fastest, fleetest and most dedicated riders.
President Kevin Durkin announced the November medal was won by Bruce Syme.
"Bruce Quinn took out the BMCC yearly point score with 127 points, Garry Whitfield was second with 123 points and Richard Brown with 121 points,” Mr Durkin said.
"The fastest time was Brendan Lowery, Ian Gailer is the Clubman of the Year, the Encouragement Award goes to Craig Thompson and Most Improved has three winners, David Cowdry, Kerry St George and Tony (Rabbit) Pffifer.”
Mr Durkin mentioned recent member Hans Battaerd who died in a tragic cycling accident on November 23 when he was struck by a motorist while on a training ride in Ballina.
"The only low point of the year was the loss of one of our newest members Hans a couple of weeks ago.” he said.
Mr Durkin said the club punched above its weight at races across the region.
"We conducted some 25 races with a total of 250 starters,” he said.
"The race calendar had a great variety including team races ... with more experienced riders racing with the less experienced.
"This lead to an improvement in the standard of race riding.”
Mr Durkin thanked the BMCC committee, including Alan Paul timekeeper, Ian Gailer race referee, Jack Ransom patron and referee, Carol Shaddock first aid and Bruce Syme the club's handicapper.
"A special thank you to Billy Richardson who worked hard in developing different events ... and the driving force behind our 100 Mile event held in October,” Mr Durkin said.
He also thanked Tony Pffifer and Garry Whitfield for the raffle organisation and presented a flowering plant to Chris Syme the club secretary and first aid person on most race days for her stalwart assistance.
Mr Durkin also thanked club sponsors The Bicycle Emporium, Transition Cycles, Sunrise Cycles, Harris Cycles, various anonymous donors and the Henry Rous Hotel which he said "is our unofficial clubhouse.”