If you were expecting big things from the current World Individual Pursuit Champion then he sure did deliver. Jordan Kerby (Cobra 9-Intebuild) outclassed a quality field in the final sprint to smash the previous course record by over three minutes.
Jessica Pratt (QAS) took the womens classification ahead of Lifecycle’s Lucy Kennedy (QAS) with another course record. Jess was able to better last year’s attempt – which fell a few seconds short – by smashing almost five minutes from Carla Ryan’s record set in 2007.
The Wendy Pilbeam Mini-Classic was won by Theresa Waldburger (Logan City) – C grade and Annie McDonagh (Kangaroo Point) – D grade.
More than 280 riders participated in the days events. The “Go” riders had an advantage of 30 minutes on “scratch” who after relentless chasing caught the leaders of the earlier groups with less than three kilometres remaining. Seventy five riders (across the spectrum of handicaps) finished within one minute of Kerby who collected $3,000 in prize money.
Total prize money of over $7,000 was paid out in cash, in addition to gift prizes of fresh boxes of fruit and vegetables from local growers, plus prizes from supporters including Lifecycle Garage and Bespoke, CJ’s Pasta, Lockeroom Sports, Cam’s Cycle Coaching and The Lab Cycling Cafe.
Thanks also to the crew from Lowood Recreation Complex and all officials and volunteers who make the event possible.