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HPRW member Ruan Benson has recently travelled to Belgium to compete and Ruan's dad Adrian tells us he
has had some excellent results of late. Adrian said:

I thought I'd give you some feedback with Ruan's racing in Europe. He has been over there now since late
June, and has done pretty well in all the races. Yesterday he finished in 12 position after he crashed but was
in the leading  break, 177km race. In all the races he finishes in the pack but his function is a worker. At the
age of 20 he is still the youngster in the team but the Team Manager want to take him to a Top Tour in
Portugal and France in 4 weeks.  So currently he races 4 times a week and did just over 980km for last week.
Nothing in concrete yet, but it sounds like they want to sign him for next year for a complete season.


Ruan raced a big race on Tuesday and managed a 6 place! He also made the team for the Tour de Namur
however after Tuesday will be the "kopman", which is the team leader for the tour! Mate he wants to get
a good result on this tour so hold thumbs. He did not expect to be the team leader, but I guess if
you can climb, you can!!


Ruan Benson racing in Belgium
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Here are the results from the Jon Brooks Memorial race held Sun 19 July. Stuart Bell and Jason Reed on the podium.

Nikolina joined HPRW last year at the Mt Mee Hill Climb and recently completed the NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand, a tough 3 day stage race, as part of the composite team sponsored by BP, and also in the Mastertons International Cup.

Nikolina finished with the bunch on the first two stages. The final stage had some big climbs especially Admiralty Hill at the end.

 

Here's Nikolina's report from Stage 3

 

Stage Three -

Stage three was the most difficult stage of them all. I held out with the bunch until the last QOM just before Admiral Hill. The last 20km was the hardest 20km's I have ever ridden in my life. My legs were screaming and felt like they wanted to explode. 130km and 6 bottles of water later, I made it to the top of Adrimal Hill, 17 minutes behind the leader. I got off my bike and collapsed to the ground, I was shaking and felt like crying (well maybe I did just a little). Words can't express the pain my body went through on the last climb and by the time it was over I was filled with mixed emotions. I didn't know if I was happy for it to all be over or whether I even wanted to cycle or race again. But this was only because of the pain I went through having pushed my body to a another level of physical exhauston which I haVve never experienced before.

Stage 3

At one point I felt disappointed with my result but then had to be realistic. Two weeks of hill climbing is not enough for a Tour like this. Also this was a big jump for me going from the type of racing I had been doing back home and of course, this was the first Tour I have ever raced. As crazy as it sounds, but I'm already planning the next one.

Results -
Stage One = 41st + 0.04
Stage Two = 29th + 0.06
Stage Three = 49th + 17.04

Final Classification = 48th + 17.14 minutes 

 

Q: Who was that bloke with the big lens at Nundah last Saturday (4th July)?

A: Peter Cunneen from Action Shots Have a look you might be in there!

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HPRW rider Mitch Mulhern has won a gold medal in the U19 Mens team pursuit at the National Track Championship in Adelaide. Mitch rode with Michael Hepburn, Jordan Kerby and Thomas Richards. Michael Hepburn earlier won gold and set a new world record in the U19 Individual Pursuit.


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