The PCCCT Devonport and Burnie Toyota/ Wild Ride Cycles 17.6 kilometre Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race was run in excellent conditions on Sunday and a good sized field gathered to hear the starter’s orders.
The prestigious and much sought-after race looked very open on paper with many chances and this was how it turned out with less than three minutes separating the top twelve finishers.
Greatly inform runner, Burnie’s Greg Malley created a little bit of Club history by taking the win – his third for the season.
Following seconds in the first two races of the season, Malley won the third, a seven-kilometre event at Port Sorell and then showed his versatility by taking out the Club marathon at the end of May.
But Sunday’s race put the icing on the cake when after taking the lead from Kathy Franks entering West Park oval, he hung on to beat the fast-finishing Mark Saint-John by just twelve seconds.
Franks finished third in front of Ellen Burgess and Gerard Lowry.
Club male champion, Thomas Murton recorded the fastest time (56:30) in finishing seventh while female champion, Lyn Saint-john was fastest woman (71:59).
Other awards were first female, Kathy Franks, first novice, Rhian Miles, first over 50, Mark Saint-John and youngest finisher, Lukas Pilkington.
At the post-race luncheon, a special presentation was made to Club stalwart, Barry Ling, who retired from the committee at the end of 2020 after serving for thirty-eight years with thirty-four of those being as president.