Within the Peloton: Moreton Bay conquers all

IT'S time to reflect on the week that was in the world of pedal power.

While Sir Bradley Wiggins smashed out a new hour record of 54.526km in London, some saying forever putting the record out of reach, another precious record was up for grabs. The 2 hours 9 minutes and 2 seconds mark in the Mauri Kautto Memorial 100km Teams Time Trial at Grafton stands for another year, but only just.

Moreton Bay Cycling arrived and conquered the Clarence. Although they didn't break the record, they set a blistering time of 2:16.46, their closest rivals from the Gold Coast two and a half minutes behind, with Coffs Harbour in 3rd.

Not content with the 100km victory, Moreton Bay also took out the 52km event with a 1:15.21 effort and overtaking all other teams in their rampaging run. Grafton teams rounded out the podium spots with Fifty and Flying followed by Team BomBom Racing who showed they can handle thin tyres too.

The majority of competitors were grasping for air and cursing themselves for entering such a gruelling event, but most always return looking to do better.

Moreton Bay continued its winning ways come Monday, in the Yamba Criterium, with Tim Dalgleish taking out the A Grade honours with an average speed of 44kmh. Grafton's Shaun Baxter took second, Jordan Davies (Sydney) third, Canberra based local and birthday boy Craig Evers an honourable fourth after taking out all three primes to cap another successful weekend.

B Grade honours went to Shaun Cameron (Coffs) followed by Grafton veteran Paul O'Connor showing his recent training camp in Corsica really paid off, followed by another of those Moreton Bay riders, Clinton Bain, with Grafton's Ralph Stevens and Brian Crispin in fourth and fifth.

Bridie White took to the tarmac for the first time to compete in the mixed Junior race. Although the Junior Clarence riders were vastly outnumbered, Bridie showed her grit and to be second girl home. Well done to Bridie.

Racing returns to Trenayr this Saturday with two laps to be contested. Let's see who's got the better condition come race day after a few big weeks of events.

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