Renehan wins state title

THE two Wellington cyclists who raced in the Victorian road championships at Ballarat on Sunday produced some great results.

In the masters eight category, Mike Renehan gave Wellington Cycling Club a Victorian champion.

Aaron Wain, racing in the competitive masters two category, finished a close fourth, just out of the medals.

In tough windy conditions around the aptly-named Mt Misery, riders battled to stay in contact with the lead riders. Renehan got clear with a local rider eventually sprinting for the major medals some minutes ahead of the next riders.

Renehan tested his sprinting prowess winning comfortably from Ballarat rider Lindsay Burgoyne.

Wain gave it all to stay with the leaders, but one rider, Trent Stevenson from Shepparton, got clear and stayed away to win. Wain chased with two others but could not catch him.

In the sprint, Wain was overtaken by the other two and finished a creditable fourth.

This was a good lead up for the masters road national championships, which are underway in east Gippsland until Sunday, showing both riders are in good form at the right time.

Wellington has four riders competing in the championships, Wain, Renehan, John Verey and Ian Dunn. Bairnsdale has 14 racing, so there will be a strong local representation.

Riders aged 30 to 80 are vying for a coveted green and gold national champion’s jersey across 10 age categories.

The championships began on Thursday with the individual time trial at Metung.

The road races Friday and Saturday will set out along the banks of the Tambo River at Swan Reach.

Riders will be challenged with a combination of short steep climbs and undulation that will allow for breakaway opportunities before the long drag to the finish line.

The championships wrap up in style on Sunday with the criteriums in the picturesque setting of the Paynesville waterfront providing great spectator friendly viewing of fast and furious racing.