Our Rocky cyclists get into a tangle
ROCKHAMPTON cyclists have been tangled out in a controversial men's road race at the Australian Road Cycling Championships near Adelaide on Saturday.
Cameron Jennings, Miles Olman, Glen and Mark Chadwick all failed to finish the 175.5km race which was won by under-23 rider William Walker who was eventually forced to settle for just being the under-23 champion with third-placed Russell Van Hout receiving the elite men's winners jersey.
A crash only about 4km into the race brought down about 50 riders.
Glen Chadwick and Olman managed to scrape through the carnage, however, Mark Chadwick and Jennings hit the deck.
Jennings said once he had straightened his handlebars he was back in the chase alongside leading Australian cyclist Baden Cooke.
"I looked up and couldn't see anyone, we were probably about 40 seconds down by the time we were sorted,'' Jennings said.
"We chased down another group but weren't really getting any assistance to catch the front group of about 16 riders.''
Frustrated, and a bit sore, Jennings and others were withdrawn by officials from the race with about 20km remaining.
"The race was run and won in front, we were just rolling over trying to finish the race ? there's not much point being out there racing for 40th place.''
Only 26 of the 188 starters completed the course.
Jennings will now return to Rockhampton and compete in this week's CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels, on Friday and Saturday nights, before returning to racing commitments in Europe.
Glen Chadwick will remain in Adelaide preparing to join his new US professional team, Navigators Insurance, in the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under which runs from tomorrow through to Sunday.