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Laffy delighted with championships success

Neville Laffy has put the pedal down to race to an overall win at the Victorian Veteran Cycling Council Championships.

MATTHEW GALEA April 24, 2014 3:05am

Neville Laffy was delighted to take out first overall in the 45-49 age group.

Neville Laffy’s competitive streak only seems to get stronger with age.

He enjoyed plenty of success on the footy field as an Ardmona premiership player, and his winning streak continued during the Easter weekend on the bike.

Laffy, 49, who is president of Goulburn Valley Veterans Cycling Club, picked up his first overall win at the Victorian Veteran Cycling Council Championships at Maryborough at the weekend.

Competitors race in age groups of five years across a road race, time trial, sprint and criterium.

Laffy took out the 45-49 age group with wins in the road race and time trial, as well as a fourth-placed finish in the criterium.

‘‘I retired from footy 15 years ago and I like to stay competitive, so I started some mountain bike racing and got into road riding five or six years ago,’’ Laffy said.

‘‘I’ve won a couple of the races before, but never the overall.

‘‘Being one of the oldest in the age group makes it bit more special, but the 50-54 is very competitive too, so it won’t get any easier from here.’’

Laffy said winning an overall event at what was his fourth attempt was a great feeling.

‘‘I didn’t win anything the first year, but I’ve won a couple of individual races since,’’ Laffy said.

‘‘Your first road race win is a real buzz, but this was my first time trial win as well which was pleasing.

‘‘To win overall has been a goal of mine for the last couple of years, and I’ve made some errors in some of the races and just missed out, so it was good to bring it all together.’’

Laffy won the road race by a fair distance after breaking away towards the last 2km of the 60km event, before setting the best time in the time trials — which is raced over 15km.

‘‘I was happy with the event, even if it would have been nice to win them all,’’ Laffy said.

‘‘You’re a bit of a marked man when you win two of the races, but that’s fine. It’s just a part of racing.’’

Laffy said the ability to race competitively had provided plenty of motivation to stay fit and keep in shape.

‘‘As part of the GV Veterans, we have races most weeks on Sunday morning, so it’s good to have a bit of fun and mix with people who like the same sort of things you do,’’ Laffy said.

‘‘Most of my training is in the morning, so it’s good to have something to get you up and on the road.

‘‘I train most mornings, five to six a week, and we’ll do 250 to 300km a week.’’

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