GOLD Coaster Greg Pooley was all smiles after being named winner of the annual Easter Veterans Road Race Carnival.
GOLD Coaster Greg Pooley was all smiles after being named winner of the annual Easter Veterans Road Race Carnival.

Pooley pedals his way to surprise result

By Tania Phillips

Nobody was more surprised than Gold Coast rider Greg Pooley when he won the Murwillumbah Cycle Club's annual Easter Veterans Road Race Carnival at Dulguigan yesterday.

Logan rider Glen Fordham won yesterday's gruelling 100km road race but Pooley's fourth-place finish was good enough for him to clinch the two-day event at only his second attempt. However Pooley, winner of Saturday's opening road race, had thought that he had let the title slip through his fingers despite crossing the line at the head of the main pack.

"I was congratulating (former Murwillumbah rider) Ian Walker, I thought he had won it (the overall event)," Pooley said. "There was a breakaway of four riders and I thought I had finished fifth."

What Pooley had not realised was that one member of the breakaway had crashed out of the race, handing him fourth spot and the overall win.

Walker, now based at Banora Point, missed the title by just one point after finishing out of the points yesterday. He won Saturday's time trial and finished third in the opening road race. Murwillumbah-based Brisbane rider John Guy finished equal second.

The two-day Road Race Carnival attracted more than 152 riders in six division but was not without incident with Murwillumbah-based rider Wilfred Hubac suffering a broken arm and leg after crashing in Saturday's race.

"The problem was that they started in dry conditions and there was just little showers of rain," Murwillumbah Cycle Club president Denis Burger said.

"It made the road slippery like a skating rink. No-one else broke anything but there were a few people with bark off them."

GOLD Coaster Greg Pooley was all smiles after being named winner of the annual Easter Veterans Road Race Carnival.



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