Stu Crooks continued his run of good form to win the
three-stage Portobello Tour on Saturday.
The novelty event, the brainchild of club cyclist Bill Allen,
comprised a 9km time trial, a 600m hill climb and a 20km
The first stage was won by junior Lachie McGregor, who
averaged 44.3kmh to hammer out the time trial in 12min 12sec,
with Crooks 27sec behind and Chris Harvey a further 19sec
However, it was on the 600m climb up Allens Beach Rd where
Crooks made his mark, beating the bogey time of 2min 10sec by
13sec and gaining valuable bonus points.
The last stage was fast and furious and the inclusion of two
sprint primes led to frenzied attacking. However, Crooks was
able to accumulate enough points to comfortably seal his win.
In category two, Jordan Gilmore picked up maximum points in
the time trial, with a 1sec lead over Muir Gold. Elyse Fraser
was 19sec back, posting the fastest women's time of 13min
47sec. These placings remained intact during the next two
In category three, newcomer Phil Gallagher carved out the
time trial in 14min 12sec. Bryan Murray was 5sec behind.
Dwayne Sheddan posted 14min 42sec and Ali Davies 14min 50sec.
Gallagher surpassed the bogey time of 3min 7sec by a massive
66sec, also beating the category one bogey time.
Gallagher won both sprint primes in the road race and was the
overall winner from Murray and Sheddan.
- Jan Brosnahan