SADDLE UP: The fab foursome rode hard to contest the Ballina Masters Cycle Club individual handicap held in refreshingly cool conditions.
SADDLE UP: The fab foursome rode hard to contest the Ballina Masters Cycle Club individual handicap held in refreshingly cool conditions. Ian Gailler

Quinn gives no quarter to win cycle race

DESPITE just four riders in the race, hearts were pounding and pedals were dancing at the Ballina Masters Cycle Club individual handicap on the weekend.

According to BMCC secretary Andrew Downey, gloomy skies, cool conditions and fresh breezes were the a welcome change after the heat of the previous few days.

"The southerly was going to be beneficial for the return legs of the race,” he said.

"Four riders set off at 30 second intervals for the Individual Handicap and while drafting was allowed the riders would need to either catch the rider in front or sit up and wait for the the rider behind if they were to take advantage.”

Downey said Bruce Syme was off first followed by Garry Whitfield, Bruce Quinn and David Cowdrey.

"At the first turn Bruce Syme had maintained his advantage while Garry and Bruce Quinn had joined forces, leaving David dangling off the back unable to make up ground on the pair now working together in front of him,” he said.

"By the second turn the gap to Bruce Syme had shrunk to around 15 seconds, with David still hanging in but making no real ground.”

However, by the third turn the the pairing of Whitfield and Quinn had caught the lone leader and the trio now worked for position towards the finish.

"The sprint opened up with about 400 meters to go with Bruce Syme taking it up a notch,” Downey said.

"Garry fancied his chances and tried to come around him but couldn't make it stick while Bruce Quinn was waiting for an opportunity that never came as Bruce Syme charged across line.”

1st Place - Bruce Quinn 43:31 - ride time, (35:43 corrected)

2nd Place - Garry Whitfield 44:02, (35:55)

3rd Place - Bruce Syme 44:30, (37:45)

4th Place - David Cowdrey 45:02, (39:54)

BMCC thanks officials, Jack Ransom, Ian Gailler, Kevin Durkin, Andrew Downey and Alan Paull.



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