Strong cycling contingent from Northern Beaches for gruelling tour in Margaret River

Northern Beaches Cycling Club rider, Tim James, leads out from Orica GreenEdge Champion Luke Durbridge, Duncan Rogers and John Hanson. Picture: Gordon Haywood
Strong cycling contingent from Northern Beaches for gruelling tour in Margaret River
Strong cycling contingent from Northern Beaches for gruelling tour in Margaret River
Northern Beaches Cycling Club rider, Tim James, leads out from Orica GreenEdge Champion Luke Durbridge, Duncan Rogers and John Hanson. Picture: Gordon Haywood

NORTHERN Beaches Cycling Club fielded three teams at the recent Pro-Am Tour of Margaret River.

Club president Chris Howard said several teams from the national road series took part.

“The event had a 7km hill climb individual time trial, a 50km team time trial at Augusta, a 103km stage taking in Nannup, Greenbushes, and Balingup. and a 64km road race from Yallingup to Witchcliffe,” he said.

“The NBC women’s team would prove the surprise packet for the tour, with, C grade riders Kylie Anticich (12th) Wanda Jansen (23rd), and Hisayo Thornton (24th) placing amongst elite riders in the 7km hill climb.

“Similarly their fifth place in the team time trial seeded them in the elite women’s road races for the following days. Kylie Anticich and Hisayo Thornton went on to claim second and third respectively in their masters age categories. Rachel Hippolyte, riding for the Joondalup Bears mixed team, was fourth in the pink jersey overall women’s classification.”

Howard said the club’s second men’s team suffered early mechanical failure during the team time trial, ending their qualification prospects.

“Instead they enjoyed the thrill of Luke Durbridge acting as ‘domestique’ and imparting his world-class experience for the remaining two road races,” he said.

“Jonathon Lewis was the best placed of the first men’s team, leaping from midfield allocation to claim 30th fastest time in the 103km queen stage.

“Stephen McNeilly, thrived on the hill climbs and was the best placed masters rider, claiming 67th on the queen stage.”

Howard said the club had secured elite riders during the professional circuit off-season, including Durbridge from Orica GreenEdge, and U19 star Lewis.

He said the club was looking to recruit more strong cyclists to expand their racing credentials.

General classification standings

Women: Kylie Anticich (11), Kerri Fennell (34), Wanda Jansen (17), Tarni Riggs (38), Hisayo Thornton (32) and Lyn Wolfe (untimed).

Men’s Team 1: Jonathon Lewis (51), Stephen McNeilly (71), Mathew Moharich (334), Justin Schultz (121), Neil Thorpe (199) and Mark Welford (117).

Mean’s Team 2: Luke Durbridge (321), John Hanson (377), Chris Howard (DNF, Tim James (301) and Duncan Rogers (372).