Cycling quartet tackles Mount Buffalo

April 08, 2017

Chase Costello-Manning (15), Samual (15), Jasmine (13) and Patrick (14) Eddy.

ECHUCA-MOAMA Cycling Club members had more than just other riders to compete against at the weekend.

Samual, Patrick and Jasmine Eddy and Chase Costello-Manning were at Mt Buffalo in Bright for the 2017 Victorian Junior Mountain Climb Championships — the first event in the 2017 RACV Victorian Junior Road Series.

There was more than 100 other riders representing most states and as the event had previously been for a national title it still managed to draw a quality field.

The individual time trial (ITT) on Saturday had riders racing against the clock from Porepunkah and finishing with a testing climb up the bottom section of Mt Buffalo.

But riders didn’t let the hills phase them.

Jasmine competed in the under-15 women’s division over 8km and finished with a bronze medal.

Costello-Manning was next to go in the under-17 men’s and rode solidly over the 9.5km course to finish in 11th place.

Patrick left shortly after and was moving along quite nicely before a brake problem causing his back wheel to lock and he limped to the finish in 21st position.

Samual set the field alight with a blistering time of 19.58 minutes, which was good enough to win the state title.

Patrick also returned with a state title taking out the under-17 men’s road race on Sunday.

The riders were eager to test their limits up the mountain.

Jasmine had 24km and a 1.4km climb to conquer and did it in style coming away with the bronze medal in the mountain climb state title.

The boys had to contend with a longer distance of 42km and more than 1.4km of vertical ascent.

The race was on from the start with a couple of riders testing the bunch by getting over a minute up the road on the main field.

They were bought back to earth once the road started to incline and the race was on with riders slowly dropping off the back.

At around 8km from the finish Patrick launched a brutal attack to split the field and only one rider was able to respond.

Patrick stayed away from the main field for just over 20 minutes to secure the state title, which was a fine achievement considering he has another year in the under-17s.

Samual managed to get on the podium in third place after controlling the pace of the race up the climb along with some fine riding by Costello-Manning who put aside his aspirations of a higher place finish (10th) to get Samual in position in the sprint.

The Alpe d’Buffalo general classification division (all state representatives based on a combined time over two stages) saw Jasmine finish in fourth place, Samual in second, Patrick in sixth and Costello-Manning in 10th; a great result for the “flat track specialists” from Echuca.

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