Treacherous conditions for Classic

Rhys Pollock rides up Park Lane on his way to victory in Saturday’s Melbourne to Warrnambool.

WAYNE and Dylan Hately’s dreams of both finishing this year’s TORQ Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic came to a crashing end on Saturday.
The Camperdown father and son team was among a top class field of more than 200 riders who battled fierce headwinds, rain and even some hail during the weekend’s popular 262-kilometre event.
The ride, which started in Werribee early on Saturday morning, took the field along the Hamilton Highway and through Lismore before turning left and heading into Camperdown and then on to Warrnambool, finishing in Raglan Parade.
The Hatelys said they were eager to finish the event and were looking forward to both the mental and physical challenge that awaited them.
They had spent months preparing for the race, notching up countless hours in the saddle.
They felt they were both mentally and physically prepared.
Dylan had competed last year but for Wayne, the 2010 event was his first.
But unfortunately Dylan was unable to cross the finish line.
Wayne said his son was “very disappointed” at not being able to cross the finish line.
“I was one of the fortunate ones that did cross the line, but Dylan was unable to, which was a shame,” he said.
“I had two big spills during the race which have left me nursing several cuts, grazes and bruises.”
Wayne’s first spill came while riding in a pack of 20 or 30 cyclists near Berrybank.
Fortunately he was able to climb back in the saddle and continue on.
However, his luck was short lived.
On the Lismore side of Camperdown a rider in front of Wayne fell, resulting in him too falling over the top of his bike and landing on the road.
“Unfortunately the rider in front of me was Dylan. Up until then we were both doing really well but we just ran out of road.
“We were riding in a big pack; Dylan’s bike had a flat tyre and a buckled wheel so he was unable to continue.
“I got back on and was able to finish but the conditions were just horrendous; the weather really played a big part on the day.”
Recovering at home on Monday, Wayne was expected to have x-rays that afternoon on an injured elbow and possibly some suspected fractured ribs.
“Yes I am a little sore and stiff today but I’ll get over it. Dylan will probably ride in the Melbourne to Warrnambool again next year, but it was a once off for me.”
The overall winner was Albury’s Rhys Pollock.

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