STREAMLINE: Craig Evers on route to second place in the Elite Mens Time Trial of the Oceania Road Championships. INSET: Evers on the podium with his silver medal.PHOTOS: VELOSHOTZ/CONTRIBUTED
STREAMLINE: Craig Evers on route to second place in the Elite Mens Time Trial of the Oceania Road Championships. INSET: Evers on the podium with his silver medal.PHOTOS: VELOSHOTZ/CONTRIBUTED

CYCLING: One more step for Evers

TWO weeks ago Grafton cyclist Craig Evers broke through for his first stage win in a UCI level cycling event when he beat his fellow breakaway riders to the line in Stage 2 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

On Friday the 23-year-old landed a new personal best - second place in the Elite Men's Time Trial at the 2015 Zarrafas Oceania Road Championships.

The Data#3 rider completed the 37.6km loop in 49 minutes and 17 seconds - 36 seconds behind winner Michael Hepburn and two seconds ahead of third placed Cameron Wurf.

The event consisted of many of Australia and New Zealand's top professional cyclists.

"The course wasn't too hilly and a solid headwind suited me nicely," Evers said.

"I'm so happy plus appreciative to come away with such a result in such a strong field. Can't thank everyone enough for their support and help. Data#3 Racing Team for giving me the opportunities it has this year already! Thank you to the management today Peter Zijerveld and Peter Richards for keeping us calm and collected."

Evers' personal cycling coach is Yamba endurance mountain bike rider Morgan Pilley.

Evers finished 57th in the Elite Mens Road Race held yesterday. The 142km event was won by New Zealand's Taylor Gunman. Yamba's Aaron Watts was 62nd.



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