FEMALE CHAMPION: Wagga Cycle Club’s Sophie Mackay (leading) on the final stage of Sunday’s race, overall women’s champion of the 2015 Tour de Riverina. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly
YOUTH is no barrier in cycling, as15-year-old Charlie Hamilton has won the 2015 Tour de Riverina.
Hamilton can now boast he’sthe youngest champion in the history of the tour.
After coming fourth in 2014, Hamilton acquired a new coach in Ian Hume, upped his training regime, and aimed for one better.
“Just showing up” was key, as he rode inall six stages including the 75 kilometre course on Sunday.
Scratch finishedjust behindthe leaders, andChristian McDonald from Combram had the fastest time atonehour, 45 minutes and50 seconds.
Hamilton finished the tour on 30 points, threeahead of Tolland’s Peter Treloar.
An otherwise successful final stage has been soured for organiserswho lost more than a dozen trafficsigns, valued at $80 each.
Tolland CycleClub president Barry O’Haganhopesthe ‘caution, cyclists ahead’signs materialise before the club has to replace them.
“I’d rather put the moneyin the bike riders’ pockets,” O’Hagan said.
Charlie Hamilton, Wagga, 1Peter Treloar, Tolland, 2Charlie Mitchell, Tolland, 3Mal Blake, Griffith, 4Craig McMillan, Albury, 5Race winners
Ray Jarratt, Cobram, 1Simon Haworth, Tolland, 2Kenny Payne, Albury, 3Sophie Mackay, Wagga, 4Brian Harris, Albury, 5This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.