Dalby cyclist takes out second place at Malgowie
CYCLING: After undergoing shoulder surgery and missing the majority of the 2015 cycling circuit, Dalby’s Dean Russell is certainly back and in some of his finest form.
Last weekend, Russell competed in the Charles Coin Memorial Road race, held at Mulgowie in the Lockyer Valley.
The 110km event is one of the most highly regarded races on the Queensland calendar.
In a field of about 40 competitors, Russell placed second and was beaten only by the current Australian Masters champion, Tim Hoy.
“Tim and I escaped from the main pack with 25km to go and built up an almost two minute lead by the finish. Tim managed to get the better of me up a steep climb 2km from the finish,” Russell said.
“Tim is a very fierce competitor, he’s going to the World Championships in Perth in September, and I think he’s a chance of getting a medal.
“The race is six laps of a circuit that’s a little over 18 kilometres long, and this particular day which made it more difficult.
“I have been training for a series of races this year, and this was one of my target races. So I’d been working hard to prepare and I’m very pleased with that result.”
After racing at at a high level when he was younger, including doing a season with a team in Belgium and representing Australia internationally, Russell said took a break for about 12 years and then began cycling again about four years ago.
Russell said he usually trains around 12-15 hours per week.
He next has his sights set on the Queensland and Australian Titles, which are coming up in September and October.
“There will probably between 75 and 100 people in my age group, which is 40-44,” he said.
“I cam in third in the Queensland title two years ago so I’m hoping to maybe do better than that.”