Simone Grounds of Dubbo claims bronze in New South Wales Elite Women’s State Road Race

STAR Dubbo cyclist Simone Grounds finished third in the New South Wales Elite Women’s State Road Race at Berrima on the weekend.

Her podium placing in Sunday’s event capped a stellar season that saw Grounds take out the Elite Women’s State time trial title, the road race, time trial and criterium victories at the Australian Masters Road Championships and a swag of gold medals at the Australian Masters National Track Championships.

Simone Grounds

Simone Grounds

Kurt Eather contested the New South Wales under-19 State Road Race and finished a creditable tenth behind winner Matthew Dinham, of Manly-Warringah.

In the second round of the Dubbo City Toyota Road Racing Series, talented young rider Haylee Fuller (+30 minute handicap) outsprinted her group on the uphill finish to take out the 40km handicap on the Benolong Road course.

Fuller won from Mitch Hines (+30 minutes), Darrell Wheeler (+30 minutes), Heather Ticehurst (+28 minutes) and Trent Hines (+23 minutes), who finished second to fifth.  

Jeff Sargent (+28 minutes), Chris Brook (+17.30 minutes), Jason Farr (+37.30 minutes), Mick Ticehurst (+39 minutes), Mick Harvey (+34 minutes), Ben Knight (+34 minutes), Julia Mannix (+23 minutes), Catherine Fuller (+28 minutes), Al Asimus (+28 minutes) and Helen Hines (+4 minutes) were sixth to 15th respectively.

Fuller completed the course in one hour 12 minutes 34.970 seconds (average speed 33.40km/hour) to take out the fastest female rider, while Mick Ticehurst was the fastest rider on the course with a time of one hour four minutes 31.943 seconds (average speed 37.56km/hour.

Joe O’Brien took out the first round of the Dubbo City Toyota Junior Road Racing Series on Sunday, defeating Makayla Fuller, Tom Williamson, Dash Aubusson-Foley, Georgia Farr and Imogen Fuller.

The road racing continues Saturday with a 60km handicap on the South Geurie course, while the junior series is Sunday at the Sheraton Road course.