Young cyclist conquers race

MARATHON: Colac Cycling Club’s Chris Jehu, left, contests the 262-kilometre Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic on Saturday.

Colac district cyclist Chris Jehu has completed his first Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.
Jehu, 18, finished the 262-kilometre marathon race in eight hours and five minutes.
And despite finishing 15 minutes behind A Grade winner Rhys Pollock, the Colac Cycling Club member said he was just happy to complete the race against some of Australia’s best riders.
“I was over the moon, there were a couple of points through the race that I struggled but I thought ‘there’s no way I’m not going to finish’,” Jehu said yesterday.
“So I broke the course down and set little goals,” he said.
The race was more than twice the length of the 120-kilometre Creswick Fred Icke – previously Jehu’s longest completed race.
 “I got to about Allansford and thought ‘I’ve finally done it’,” Jehu said.
“Riding from Camperdown to Warrnambool was the hardest, but the feeling of relief hasn’t really sunk in until today.”
Jehu said regular rain and strong wind added to the difficulty of the endurance race.
“There was a fair bit of rain and a hard crosswind, which resulted in quite a few crashes,” he said.
“The wind hampered your vision a fair bit and it was a struggle to see people in front of you.
“You’ve got to be pretty confident in your handling.”
Despite pulling up sore, Jehu said his result would push him to contest the race again in 2011.
Camperdown’s father-son duo Wayne and Dylan Hately made up the rest of the district’s contingent in the classic.

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