National champ

ONCE again the Wellington Cycling Club has an Australian champion.

The national masters road championships were held at Metung, Swan Reach and Paynesville between Thursday and Sunday, attracting around 500 cyclists, plus family and friends to the area.

Four riders represented Wellington in various age groups, with Mike Renehan standing on the podium in both his races in the masters eight category.

In the road race, two riders got clear on the Stevensons Rd hill and were never caught.

Renehan and two others chased almost all of the race, but were unable to catch them.

Over the final hill, Renehan drew away to go on and take third at the finish.

In Sunday’s criterium in Paynesville, the masters eight riders had to race 30 minutes plus three laps.

At the 20-minute mark, as the pace slowed a little, Renehan jumped clear to see if someone else would take the same initiative and join him.

A lap or so later the road race winner Guy Falla from Queensland jumped across to join Renehan.

The two quickly joined forces to hold off the peleton and eventually stretched their lead to one minute.

All that was left was to sprint for the major medals. Renehan showed his sprinting prowess, beating Falla by two lengths, with former fast man Laurie Venn winning the sprint for third.

The previous weekend, Renehan won the masters eight road race at the state championships.

John Verey had the honour of contesting all three events over the championships.

Racing in the masters six category, Verey finished 14th in the time trial, 23rd in the road race and was unfortunately in a group who got lapped in the criterium and was forced to retire from the race.

Aaron Wain only contested the road race in wet conditions. Wain finished 13th in a group which chased hard but was unable to get back to the leaders.

Ian Dunn also contested the road race, finishing 15th in a chase group.