Self indulgence time. My team, CRT, had it’s biggest win to date on Saturday, taking out the time-honoured 2013 Keegan Downes Memorial Sundowner Classic, a 107km Open Handicap. The winner was 17-year rising star, Dylan Sunderland, who started off scratch.
Watching Dylan shoot away over the final 150m for a comfortable win was exciting. But just as satisfying was what happened over the previous 2 hours 25 minutes to get him there. For if ever there was a ‘team’ victory this was it. To a man, our riders rode themselves into the undulating bitumen connecting Coonabarrabran and Gunnedah in north-west NSW. It was yet another wonderful example that cycling is anything but an individual sport.
Sunderland rode wonderfully well and was brilliant at the finish. But the sum of the CRT parts were greater than the individual parts alone – not to mention those of a cluster of highly-distinguished rivals, including state and national champions no less.
One team, one dream. I love this sport.