Local cyclists make mark in Classic
GLADSTONE cyclists Brian Haydon, Brian Seccombe, Kate Porteous and Matt Jenkin joined about 350 other riders from throughout Queensland to tackle the gruelling Cunningham Classic on Saturday.
The 23rd annual event, one of the most prestigious on the Queensland cycling calendar, fea-tured a 156km course and a 96km race from Gatton to Warwick, with the Gladstone foursome tackling the shorter distance.
Haydon, aged 76, was the oldest competitor on the road but did not let that stop him securing 10th spot in the masters D category.
Seccombe showcased his speed and stamina by finishing eighth in open C grade competition but it was novice rider Porteous who proved the surprise packet on the day.
Contesting her first open race, Porteous twice dropped off the leading pack on hill climbs but clawed her way back each time before finishing strongly in a bunched sprint to the line to fin-ish sixth overall in the women's field.
Jenkin, a strong competitor on the state cycling scene, did not find the hills to his liking, finishing mid-field in the senior C category.