Local cyclist conquers his demons to claim the tour

11-07-2018 by admin

CHAMPION: Tour de Riverina 2016 winner Dan Addison after taking out the Geoff Dixon Memorial in Chiltern on Sunday. He had a crash in the same race in 2015. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly
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Tolland cyclist Daniel Addison crossed the finish line first at the Geoff Dixon Memorial on Sunday, winning afive-stageroadseries.

To secure the Tour de Riverina winAddison battled thedemons still lingering in his memory from last year’s race.

“It was a big bunch finish which was scary because I crashed in the same spot last year and didn’t finish the race,” Addison said.

“At about the same spot I got put into the dirt on the side of the road and panicked.

“Buta big gap opened up so I took the chance and managed to get first.”

Scratch riders did not catch the first three packs,

“I had to win yesterday’s race to win the series, so I wasn’t confident at all,” Addison said.

“I was stoked to win it; it’s a really great series and I hope it keeps on going.”

Addison, 39, has been training hard with Peter Treloarand participated in all five legs of the series.

Treloar clocked the fastest time on Sunday, finishing in an hour 24 minutes and 50 seconds.

“If he caught us, he probably would have won the series, but he didn’t win,” Addison said, smiling.

Wagga rider Charlie Hamilton was runner-up in the tour and Tolland cyclist Charlie Mitchell finished third.Joanne Polkinghorn fromGriffith won the women’s division of the tour.

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