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.
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.