Colac cyclist Tim Van der Schans had a disappointing end to his first Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic after encouraging signs early in the one-day epic.
Van der Schans, 23, had to retire from the 262-kilometre race at Winchelsea after he was involved in a tangle riding alongside professional cyclists on Saturday.
Colac Cycling Club official Neil Widdicombe said Campderdown product Van der Schans should take plenty of confidence from the biggest race of his blossoming career.
“The bloke in front of him crashed and Tim ended up running into him,” he said.
“Tim busted his bike, he was okay, but unfortunately his bike was completely smashed.
“He was sitting in the main bunch and looking really good, we were all really excited for him because he was hanging in there with them, so he was really devastated.
“He’ll get a lot of confidence out of that though, because he knows he can stick to their pace.”
Professional Nicholas White crossed the line first at Warrnambool in a tick over six hours, finishing ahead of Harrison Bailey and Brendan Johnston.
Bendigo’s Peta Mullens took out the women’s clash, ahead of Taryn Heather and Rebecca Wiasak.
The Melbourne to Warrnambool is the longest one-day race in the Southern Hemisphere and returned through the Colac district in 2019.
Colac Cycling Club members were among volunteers manning drink stations and food stops during Saturday’s event.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.