Total Distance: 42.km, 1hr46min
The Burry Stander Classic made its home in the South coast town of Port Edward over the weekend. The race which now has Burry’s name attached to the title was a perfect way to remember the Olympian. This was where Burry started riding as a youngster and continued to live and train achieving huge results along the way. So it was fitting for the race organising crew to make a notable mark on the calendar by putting together a well coordinated and memorable race.
The route was a perfect balance between technical single track riding at Beaver Creek and Clear Water Trails to cruising in and out of the macadamia nut plantations and banana trees. The winter weather played its part perfectly and the couple of millimetres of rain 2 days before the race settled the track and made the route ride very well.
The racing up front was fast with four riders including myself getting away early on. Luke Roberts the eventual winner, Rourke Cruiser and Andrew Warr were my company for the next 30km. At the top of the highest point Luke made a strong move into a section of single track and put the hammer down. I responded with Rourke following my wheel , Andrew Warr lost contact as we put in a big effort to bridge the gap onto Luke unfortunately a side wall cut to Rourkes’ tire put him out of contention. This left me with the tough job of trying to catch Luke on the tight and technical decent to the finish. All congrats must got to the u23 BMC rider who studied the track the day before and knew exactly where his attack would yield the best result.
1st Luke Roberts
2nd Andrew Hill
3rd Andrew Warr