Cyclists set to descend on Maryborough for national veteran championships

Over 100 cyclists from across Australia are putting down the chocolate and taking to the streets of Maryborough this Easter for the 2019 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships.

This Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday 120 participants will descend on Maryborough and surrounds to race in road race, criterium or time trial categories.

As always, the feature of the annual event will be Monday’s Mockridge Cup, awarded to the rider with the best 25 kilometre time relative to their age.

Event co-organiser and Victorian Veteran Cycling stalwart Tom Finning said most states will be represented this long weekend.

“We’ve got riders coming from almost all the states in Australia, they’re coming from Victoria, Canberra, Queensland, WA, SA and Tasmania,” he said.

“This is our third year in Maryborough for the championships, although we previously ran the Pacific Championships in Maryborough for almost 20 years before it ended.

“Maryborough’s a good little town, it’s got good safe roads to race on and we have a good relationship with the town, the people are great so it was an obvious choice to hold the championships here.”

The cream of veteran cycling will be in attendance, making for several tough fields but Finning said the ladies category is likely to go to a home-state rider.

“In the ladies, Jessica Douglas, I believe is good enough to win all three events that she competes in. She’s a mountain bike champion, she’s joined the Geelong Surf Coast Cycling Club and she’s as strong as they come,” he said.

Road races start this Saturday from 10 am along Timor Road, Sunday will see Princes Park’s surrounding streets used for the criterium from 9 am and time trials will commence from 9 am on Monday also along Timor Road.

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