Wheels keep turning

June 06, 2018

Liam Edwards heads a long list of Shepparton Cycling Club members giving it their all at various events during the past month.

It has been a busy month in the saddle for members of Shepparton Cycling Club.

Representatives from the local outfit have been showcasing their pedal power at various events from Warrnambool to Castlemaine and even Grafton.

A strong contingent of Goulburn Valley riders took on the challenge of the Victorian Country Road Championships at the weekend, racing in and around the small town of Harcourt.

Liam Edwards and Indiana Michel put in an outstanding performance in the Elite Men division, finishing sixth and seventh respectively and just a minute behind the winner.

For Edwards — who won gold in the under-19 category last season — it was a good indication that he has made the step up to open racing well, while Michel improved on last year’s ninth place.

Byron Woods finished sixth behind Edwards at last year’s championships, almost six minutes behind his teammate.

This year though Woods was right in the thick of the action all the way to the end, finishing with the same time as the under-19 winner, but shuffling back to fourth in the tight lunge to the line.

Josh Woods (14th in the men’s under-17 category), Tony Michel (fifth in the Masters Men 5) and Peter McClelland (second in the Masters Men 7) also gave it their all at this season’s championships.

Edwards has also been racing on the national stage with his team Mobius-BridgeLane.

The first Australian National Road Series stage was held on May 12.

The one-day trek from Grafton to Inverell presented Edwards with a gruelling 228km course, which included 3400m of pure climbing, but the rising star was one of 47 riders who were not able to finish the event out of the 123 who started.

Edwards, Byron Woods and Rhianon Norton continue to do well in the Victorian Road Series, which has reached the mid-year break in the season.

Edwards finished 16th of 55 riders in the A-grade general classification at the recent Tour of South West, with Woods also 16th in the B-grade category.

With five events already in the bank this season and just four remaining, the race for overall glory is heating up.

Woods sits eighth in the B-grade standings with 91 points — just 52 behind a podium spot.

Norton has racked up 23 points in the women’s B-grade competition from her results at the Tour of Mansfield earlier in the year, while Edwards is on the board in the A-grade standings with 11 points.

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