Shepparton's Nathan Glynn dug deep to cross the finish line first in the D-grade section of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.By Damen Francis
For most riders, just finishing Saturday’s 256
However, Nathan Glynn led a string of terrific performances from Shepparton Cycling Club members in the world’s second-oldest one-day cycling event and the longest in the southern hemisphere.
Glynn, 41, had never ridden more than 200
Sherlock was more than 17 minutes back in second place.
Glynn said the result was definitely a highlight of his cycling career and he did not realise he had won until his name was called at the presentation.
‘‘I was pretty stoked,’’ Glynn said.
‘‘I hung onto the A-graders for the first 100
‘‘I started cramping at the 180
‘‘There was a guy wearing number 341 who was riding very strong and I thought D-grade started at number 318, but he must have been a late entry B-grader.’’
While all four grades began in a bunch start, high winds broke up the pack quickly.
The majority of the race was ridden into a head wind or cross wind and SCC A-grader Trent Stevenson was among a host of top-line riders to withdraw from the race.
Stevenson’s teammate Steve Fairless fared better, finishing 35th in 6.47:31, having missed the decisive break at the King of the Mountain section.
Fairless was third home in the second bunch of riders across the line, as race winner Sam Horgan set a new event record of 6.32:12, despite the gruelling conditions.
Neville Laffy overcame a puncture to claim a podium finish in C-grade.
Laffy’s time of 6.56:03 earned him second place, while Paul Ranson was 39:28 further back in fifth.
Travis Edwards was caught behind an early crash and forced to ride the majority of the race in a small group, which, given the conditions, meant just completing the race was a fantastic effort.
Warren Pickering suffered an early puncture and pulled out.
Meanwhile, Benalla’s Felicity Wardlaw finished 12th in the Shipwreck Coast Cycling Classic on Sunday.
Wardlaw was among a seven-rider group that crossed the line in 3.57:15, nearly seven minutes behind race winner Nicole Whitburn.
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