Gordon McCauley took out the top honours at the BDO Around the Mountain Cycle Challenge at the weekend. McCauley had to call on a sprint finish to just get the better of Simon Brown, with Josh Page taking third place.
The 17th BDO Around the Mountain Cycle Challenge saw Gordon McCauley return to the race and just manage to take out the win. It was a tough day in the saddle that saw a group of four riders establish themselves at the front. Gordon McCauley and Fergus Scott were initially in the move before Josh Page and Simon Brown also came across.
Together the quartet built a lead that would stretch to almost 8 minutes by the finish, with Scott dropping off the pace later in the day.
Page, Brown and McCauley arrived at the finish together but it was McCauley who just had the legs to fend off a charging Brown and claim the win.
As McCauley nears his 46th birthday he showed that he still has the hunger and the firepower to go out and take top spot, and he did it despite discomfort during the race. Speaking to Stuff, McCauley said, “I tried to get rid of the boys through Inglewood and cramped in my left hamstring, then it was a case of nursing it and trying to hang on over Burgess Hill and then use my sprint.”
First female across the line was 16 year old Lee Boon. Boon, who races in the Dynamo Team Championship for the Cycling New Zealand Junior Hub team, finished in the main peloton that contested 5th place across the line. Most impressively though, Boon finished a full 15.48mins ahead of second placed Jo Tracy-Inglis, with Viv Ollier in third place.