Keane wins country title

WELLINGTON cyclist Craig Keane is the Victorian country road champion for masters class four riders.

Keane travelled to Harcourt, near Castlemaine, on Saturday to compete in the event, open to riders from country Victoria clubs.

Over a hilly 56 kilometre circuit, Keane managed to break clear of the rest of the field to win comfortably by more than two minutes.

On Sunday, three Wellington riders travelled to Boolarra for the Gippsland road championships.

The course, using Limonite and Grand Ridge Rds, was undulating, with that steady climb to the highest point and then a big downhill.

Aaron Wain raced in the elite category, finishing a creditable sixth against some state and national contenders.

Craig Keane rode in the 40-plus category and could not beat the tactical numbers of riders from other clubs.

With a rider clear, Keane chased while others sat behind and then sprinted past at the finish to take the minor placings. Keane finished in fourth place.

Mike Renehan, contested the 50-plus category, which started out at a reasonable pace and as the distance went so did the speed. Riders began to drop off, but Renehan hung on doggedly until the last time onto the Grand Ridge Rd, where the winner and second slipped away and Renehan manged to stay clear for third.

This long weekend, the annual Gippsland Three-Day Tour will be held, with Wain, Keane and Alec Mates representing Wellington.

Racing will be at Lindenow South on Saturday, with 90km for A and B grades.

Sunday is at Darnum, having a time trial in the morning and a road race in the afternoon.

On Monday morning, riders will be racing at Leongatha around the Mardan circuit.