Premier road race finishes in Warwick
A HUGE field of 370 cyclists competed in the 27th annual Kangaroo Point Cycling Club Cunningham Classic at the weekend.
Goldstars Cycling Club cyclist Jackson Wardrop took the honours in the 170-kilometre Elite A-grade ride from Gatton to Warwick.
Commissaire Billy Wright has been involved in the event for 16 years.
“Nine grades raced today,” Wright said at the Victoria Street finish line on Saturday.
“The A-grade course is roughly 170km but all the other grades raced about 100km. Some of the riders today race for teams overseas.
“This is one of the premier road races of Queensland.”
Kangaroo Point Cycling Club president Aaron Urquhart said there was one crash, near the finish line of the masters B1-grade.
“The bunch in the masters grade, when they started the sprint for the line there has been a touch of wheels and brought down four or five riders,” Urquhart said.
“An ambulance was called and one person came off worse because all of the others crashed on top.”
An unusually large number of entrants, 80, were in the masters grade so it was split into two groups for safety reasons through the notoriously windy Heifer Creek road section from Ma Ma Creek to Pilton.
“That's a technical part of the course but we had fairly good police support and the lead vehicles go ahead of the riders with flashing lights to warn oncoming traffic,” Urquhart said.
“All the drivers seemed pretty responsible today; it has been pretty good the past couple of years.”
State Emergency Service volunteers from Gatton and Warwick took care of traffic control at the start and finish lines and Urquhart said the race would not be possible without their support.