Road racer Matt Slee, who broke away in the Cunningham Classic on Saturday.
Road racer Matt Slee, who broke away in the Cunningham Classic on Saturday. Jay Cronan

Two for the road

TRAINING partners Shane Russell and Matt Slee walked away with jerseys and prize money for their efforts in the Cunningham Cycling Classic on Saturday.

The road race covered 98km from Gatton to Warwick and is known as one of the toughest races in the men's Elite C division.

Russell, 23, of Ballina, was coaching Slee earlier in the year before deciding to get back into competition.

Russell finished first and Slee, of Suffolk Park, took King of the Mountain honours after breaking away from the leading group for a solo ride of 35km.

"I just put my head down and didn't look back," Slee said.

"I didn't have any expectations going in, except that there were going to be some long straights and heavy crosswinds.

"It's been a busy couple of months and I structure my training program specifically for each race.

"He (Russell) is right back into it and we're training partners now," he said.

"We know each other pretty well and it's been good to have a couple of races with him."

Both are busy training in the hope of reaching national and international racing in the next few years.

Slee is predominantly a road racer but won an enduro race earlier this year.

He was happy to get out of his comfort zone and test himself in a different environment.

"The ultimate goal is to go pro," he said.

"I have a new coach and train as much as I can in the mornings and afternoons."

Slee and Russell will compete in the Queensland Elite Road Championships at Kingsthorpe on August 25.



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