...and rush he did!
At the Australian Veteran’s Cycling Council (AVCC) Annual Championships held in Maryborough, Victoria, from March 31 to April 2, Dubbo rider Evan Elliott won his age group’s 25-kilometre time trial by five minutes and 23 seconds, a Criterium race by 48 seconds, and a 37-kilometre road race by three minutes.
In the time trial, he beat his age standard by a whopping four minutes.
Evan is 81 years young and a walking – or rolling fast – billboard for the benefits of regular exercise.
The trifecta of success at the AVCC is the second year in a row he’s won three gold medals in the 80 to 84-year age grouping, and that’s without riding competitively in between.
During the Criterium, which is a race around a closed circuit – and in Evan’s case was a 13.5 kilometre, nine-lap circuit – his best speed was measured in the 6th lap at 32.81 kilometres per hour.
In the men’s time trial, his average speed was 32.41 km/h.
For the 37-kilometre road race, his average speech was 27.7 kilometres per hour and he rolled over the finish line in first place after 1 hour and 20 minutes.
For his efforts he received three gold medallions and a brand new jersey, and he says with a chuckle that over the years, he’s collected “a few” of those.
Evan’s got three bikes including a 66-year-old Speedwell, which he can still be seen riding on around town occasionally.
“That’s my old Speedwell I used to ride to school,” the retired teacher told Dubbo Photo News. While not necessarily going strong, he said “it gets me there”.
On his current set of wheels, the “there” that Evan referred to could be the 7500 kilometres from Broome to Sydney via Perth, which is a ride he’s done, twice, five years ago.
The last big ride he did this year was 200 kilometres in one day.
Evan, congratulations, you continue to inspire and are one of many brilliant lights on Dubbo’s cycling landscape, past and present.