Cyclist ends season on a high
ROCKHAMPTON cycling ace Cameron Jennings has known both the ups and downs of the sport, but has ended the 2009 season on a high.
Jennings hit a serious low point at the start of 2008 when the security of having the backing of a European race team evaporated with the demise of DFL-Cyclingnews.
However, from that point it has been mainly one way for Jennings – and that has been up.
The tail end of the 2009 season has been especially pleasing for the Rockhampton racer.
At the Tour of Gippsland Jennings finished eleventh overall, but came away with the King of the Mountains jersey.
In the Tour of Geelong he earned a second placing in one of the stages and followed that up with a third place overall in the Grafton to Inverell race.
Jennings, who now rides for the Australian team Budget Forklifts, finished the 224km road race behind team-mate Mal Rudolph.
When the pair went on to race in the Goulburn to Sydney it was Rudolph who shone as he won the event.
However, it was October where Jennings really came to the fore.
At the Tour of Tasmania he was in the top 10 for each of the stages apart from two. That consistency earned him sixth overall.
Finishing 20th in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour was a disappointment, but worse was to come.
Jennings had hoped to duplicate his form of 2008 and perform well in the Melbourne to Warrnambool race where he had gained a fourth place. By his own admission he had an off day, but that disappointment was soon dispelled as the following day he raced in the Shipwreck Coast Classic.
This time there was to be no upsets as he was first to the line for a memorable victory.
Despite that ending his season with Team Budget Forklifts, Jennings is currently competing at Noosa in the criterium.