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’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 2
‘‘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 300
Children enjoy sixth Shepparton Community Reading Day at various locations in central business district.
Living with a disability will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, December 3 when community organisations compete in an ‘all abilities’ challenge through the streets of Yarrawonga.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hundreds flocked to Gunbower on Sunday to watch the Gunbower Pacing Cup.
The Christmas decorations exhibition at the Rochester Shire Hall was a hit with many visitors.
Local recovering after workplace injury
Simone Robson and her young daughter shouldn't even be alive - but she has found a remarkable form of rehabilitation that could lead on to something much bigger.
No luck for Finley in Murray Valley cricket.
Tayla Edsall has donated her long locks to the Cut for Cancer program, which makes wigs for cancer patients.
Cobram entrant joins hundreds starting the Massive Murray Paddle.
Deniliquin business Charlie Carp attracts international interest.
A spring Future Orchards walks will be held at Coomboona on Friday November 28 from 9.30am.
Top price was a pen of first-cross border leicester/merino ewes offered by Tony and Anne Mort of ‘Mardie’, Winton and purchased by Heath Cowell of ‘Mundara’, Tallarook for $208.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.