July 9, 2012
If you were driving around Maidenwell or Kingaroy at the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking the Tour de France had taken a wrong turn …
Sixteen teams of six cyclists competing in Round 4 of the Queensland Road Teams Series battled it out in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains and on some of Kingaroy’s toughest climbs.
John Osborne, from Cycling Queensland, told southburnett.com.au the weekend had been a great success.
Five rounds of the annual competition are held in regional areas.
“Kingaroy is the only town we have been to twice and this is because of the wonderful co-operation from the South Burnett Regional Council, police and Main Roads,” Mr Osborne said.
He also paid special tribute to the local SES volunteers whom he said had done an outstanding job.
Mr Osborne said the local road network allowed organisers to develop both interesting and testing circuits to challenge the riders.
This year riders battled it out with three laps of a 37km circuit at Maidenwell on Saturday, and four laps of a 36km course in Kingaroy on Sunday.
Last year the racers came for just one day; this year the 96 riders and their support crews stayed overnight, providing a real boost to the local economy.
The riders will now head to the final one day event of the series, which will be held in Murrarie in Brisbane on July 29.
1. Samuel Witmitz – Team Budget Forklifts
2. Stuart Mulhern – The Team Down Under
3. Kristian Juel – Erdinger Alkoholfrei-Downer EDI Mining
1. James Hepburn – Eclipse Pro Cycling
2. Maxime Ruphy – Pensar Hawk
3. Ryan McAnally – Team Budget Forklifts
1. Marc Williams – Team Budget Forklifts
2. Jordan Kerby – Eclipse Pro Cycling
3. Correy Edmed – Balmoral Cycling Club
Lead Rider – Jordan Kerby
Sprint King – Alex Wohler
King of the Mountains – Kristian Juel
Over 35 – Darren Rolfe
Young Rider – Jordan Kerby