POCKET ROCKET: Ballina Masters Cycling Club's Richard Brown (orange jersey) took out the highly competitive E-Grade event on the Gold Coast, with intelligent racing tactics.
POCKET ROCKET: Ballina Masters Cycling Club's Richard Brown (orange jersey) took out the highly competitive E-Grade event on the Gold Coast, with intelligent racing tactics. Supplied

Northern Rivers riders strike cycling gold

TWO of the four Northern Rivers riders who raced on the Gold Coast on the weekend showed age and experience can combine to top of the podium honours when they won their divisions.

On Sunday a quartet of riders fromt he Ballina Masters Cycling Club travelled to Arundel to participate in a quality graded race with Gold Coast Masters Cycling Club on their Gaven short course.

Richard Brown flew the BMCC flag solo in E Grade and and fought off a fast finishing Carol MacLennan after a cheeky sprint to finish first yet again.

Meanwhile, Garry Whitfield, Bob Charlton and Andrew Downey entered D Grade and all rode well.

There was some confusion in the bunch about the amount of laps left to ride and despite the final lap sign was presented twice by the officials as well as a comment from the race referee, this failed to pass effectively through the group.

This allowed Downey who had spent most of the race on or near the front, to take out the top spot on the podium after launching a long range sprint from 600 metres out.



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