Ararat’s Murray Culling had home advantage with the Victorian Junior Road Series stage contested in the region at the weekend.
Culling competed in the men’s 17A section and struggled to keep up with the leaders as the weather conditions made it tricky at times with the Carol’s Cutting climb proving difficult for many of the junior cyclists.
He went on to finish in 17th position after the two-day event, 33:42 behind winner Patrick Eddy from Bendigo and District Cycling Club.
Chelsea Symons from Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club topped the women’s 17A general classification.
Six cyclists did not complete the event which stretched towards Ararat from the starting point at Moyston Recreation Reserve.
Race director Brian Howlett said it was good to host another successful event.
“We had a successful weekend, the weather may have been a little bit dismal but road racing is a winter sport as a general rule in Australia,” he said.
“There was only one minor crash where a young fella ran into the back of someone else but he is fine.”
Howlett said the participation dropped a little this year compared to previous events.
“We had probably 20 numbers down on other years but we are still very happy,” he said.
“There were cyclists from New South Wales and South Australia which was great for the event.”
While there was not many crowds gathered along the roads, there was one popular spot along the way which always attracts onlookers.
“Most of them stay around the recreation area but some of them go up to Carroll’s Cutting to watch with some cyclists who were forced to walk up the last little bit.
“Every event has its own individual characteristics with the Carroll’s Cutting trophy pretty sought after at the event.
“We got lots of positive feedback from competitors which was pleasing as well.”
The Ararat and District Cycling Club has already started planning the 2019 event.