Ian Lake Apr 2006Ian Lake after taking out the Byron Bay point score on weekend of 15/16 April 2006

NORTHERN Rivers Cycling Club member, Ian Lake, took out the Byron Bay Freeriders’ cycling point score in Byron Bay on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, from Wollongbar, was so far ahead in the pointscore that he did not need to contest the last race of the series which was lucky, given that he had fallen off his bike while training during the week and would not have been able to ride the final race.

The criterium series, which started in October last year, consisted of seven races held on a road circuit in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate.

Lake entered six out of the seven races in the pointscore, contesting and winning the first two races in B Grade before being promoted to A grade where he achieved two second places and two first places.

His impressive record resulted in a 27-point win despite not competing on the weekend.

No doubt, driving his enthusiasm was the prize, $1000 worth of Easton circuit wheels donated by the Byron Bay Freeriders.

His preparation for the season included cycling up to four hours a day almost every day of the week for six months. Though his injury may keep him off his bike for a couple of weeks, he now has his sights set on contesting the Grafton Teams Time Trial and the Grafton-Coffs Harbour races, as well as the Northern Rivers Cycling Club winter road racing season.

Late last month, Northern Rivers Cycling Club junior, Josh McHugh, achieved a second place in the open senior division of the Australian Schoolboys’ Triathlon Championships in Melbourne.

The Northern Rivers Cycling Club Road Racing Season is expecting to kick off next month.

The final race of the Northern Rivers Cycling Club criterium series will be held in Ballina this Sunday. Sign-on is from 6.30am in de Havilland Drive in the Ballina Industrial Estate. Interested riders are welcome and day licenses are available.

(from Northern Star 19 April 2006)