Justin Vanstone, Jared Rowney, Michael Sargeant and former world champ Troy Bayliss prepare for the race.
Justin Vanstone, Jared Rowney, Michael Sargeant and former world champ Troy Bayliss prepare for the race. Emma Channon

Cyclists battle the elements

THREE-time winner of the Superbike World Championship Troy Bayliss was among the scores of cyclists pedalling in the fifth round of the Queensland Teams Cycling Series at the weekend.

Mr Bayliss was still recovering from a six-week holiday a fortnight ago, and said he would just see how he went during the 121km trek.

“I haven’t ridden the track yet,” he said. “We had a look before and there’s not a lot of elevation.”

The seasoned rider was part of the Team Down Under group and said there would be a lot of strategies used throughout the race.

“I usually ride solo but I’ve known these guys for a while,” he said.

“You work together and help each other along. You also ride according to conditions – if the wind is blowing from the left, you stay to the right. There’s plenty of tactics involved.”

The heavens threatened to open as the cyclists headed for the start line, but the weather held out until 2pm when the first riders crossed the finish line.

Cycling Queensland director John Osborne said the weather could “change the complexion” of each race.

“If it’s hot, cold, windy or still, it plays a part in the outcome of the event and the riders have to adapt accordingly,” he said.

The race was dominated by the Budget Forklift team, which saw rider Michael Cupitt win in 2.53 hours from team-mate Brian Mcleod. They were followed by Michael England, also of Budget Forklift.

Mcleod was awarded the white jersey for best young rider, sprint champion went to Darcy Rosenlund of Budget Forklift and king of the mountain to Peter Herzig.

The leader’s jersey was awarded to Michael Cupitt.

“The two leaders, Michael and Brian, have a few minutes ahead of team-mate Michael England,” Mr Osborne said.

“They’re going to absolutely dominate the rest of the series and going to be very clear-cut winners.”

The riders will return to Warwick this weekend for the Queensland Road Individual Championship.



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