Vintin, Effeney Retain Lead

15 July 2017

Vintin, Effeney Retain Lead

The faster, flatter sections of day two of Velothon Sunshine Coast offered a welcome relief to tired legs and the opportunity for new riders to show their prowess on two wheels. But with strong rides in the 88km Glass House Mountains stage from Melbourne’s Sean Vintin and Brisbane’s Rachel Effeney, the leader’s board remained unchanged in both the Male and Female General Classification (GC).

The stage win went to Parrearra’s Robert Marcucci in 2:27:25, from Yaroomba’s David Chick and Brisbane’s David Penhaligon. Penhaligon’s stunning ride not only catapulted him into the top three in the GC but also put Team Visionstream into the lead of the Team category.

Penhaligon’s late call up to ride in Velothon Sunshine came at the expense of his boss Richard Kelleway, who sustained a serious shoulder injury in the lead up to the event. The 36 year old National Mountain Bike Master’s champion looked like an experienced ‘roadie’ throughout the day and was in full control picking up line honours in the final sprint in Woombye. 

“I was the late call up and I walked into the CEO’s office the other day and Richard handed me a jersey and said good luck.”

Penhaligon didn’t need any luck finding himself in the small lead group that broke away after the King of the Mountain.

“We were all looking at everyone’s coloured jerseys to work out who was who in the grand scheme of things. So after a little bit of friendly banter, chit chat, recovery and fluids after the KOM, the plan was to step it up. The run home was quite tight and technical riding through a lot of roundabouts and hard turns and then an uphill to the finish line. So I think it caught a lot of us by surprise as it wasn’t as flat as it was described. It certainly didn’t favour the all out flat sprinters. I am very happy with the day.”

“I am a mountain biker so getting out on the road was a very good experience and to be up with the front boys after two days, well I am very excited. It is a great win for the Visionstream team from Brisbane, so the Melbourne boys will be buying drinks tonight I reckon,” David said.

In the women’s event Rachel Effeney was once again in control but Brisbane’s Linsday Keating pulled back valuable time, with Hobart’s Yvette Edwards rounding out the top three in Stage Two. A self confessed cycling novice, Keating’s genuine athleticism is shining through at Velothon Sunshine Coast, an event she is using as a training block for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.

“I have been a spin instructor for ten years and I have always been a runner. So I thought that after doing spin for so long I thought I should start riding. I was working in Melbourne for six months and was involved in the cycling culture down there, got a couple of bikes and just got into it.”

“Then I thought well I am a runner, who can ride so why don’t I just take up swimming and get into triathlon. So I did my first triathlon at Noosa last October, then I did Mooloolaba and then IRONMAN Cairns 70.3 and placed fourth in my age group, so I am heading off to Chattanooga in September. Racing well in Chattanooga is the purpose for doing this event, so I am hoping the pain I am suffering this weekend will pay off. I am from America so racing in Chattanooga is my chance to race in front of my whole family.”

“Velothon is awesome, it is great and I am rapt to be here. I came in thinking it was just training to get a big block done. If you can push yourself in the hills it makes everything else easier. The course is awesome and the scenery, particularly yesterday, was stunning. Today I was too busy riding to take note of the view,” Lindsay said.

Velothon Ambassador Jon Leighton said Stage Two was another fantastic day with the early morning sunshine making conditions perfect for riding.

“This stage was relatively flat for this part of the world but I must admit I felt pretty rubbish at the beginning of the ride after yesterday but the roads were easier and I eventually got into it. Look at it now, the sun is shining, everyone is smiling, It was fantastic. So it was good planning to have a hard day and then then a slightly easier day ahead of day three which looks like a beast.”

Velothon Sunshine Coast General Classifications

1 Sean Vintin 6:08:00
2 Phillip Taaffe 6:09:25
3 David Penhaligon 6:12:12
1 Rachel Effeney 6:48:40
2 Yvette Edwards 6:52:33
3 Lindsay Keating 7:02:42