Ben Marshall took the 2016 Keegan Downes Memorial Sundowner Classic title on Saturday in a thrilling finish which saw him hold off the main field after a bold attach in the final 2kms into the race finish in Gunnedah
The former Scone cyclist who now resides in Canberra, was racing in his first Sundowner on Saturday – an annual handicapped race from Coonabarabran to Gunnedah held in memory of a popular local cyclist. Marshall was first across the line after starting in the block group in a time of two hours, 50 minutes, 59 seconds to win the 2016 crown.
I was just trying to hold on said Marshall after his victory over Glenn Mathiske from JML Racing.
Rain was forecast but riders encountered little bar a few drops at the race start, however the strong crosswinds played a factor over the 110km event.
“There were lot of tired riders out there in the final” Marshall said.
“My teammate Sam Layzell had a go with 5kms to go, and once he came back I counter attacked, and basically from there it was give it everything to try and hold off the group.”
It has been a successful few weeks on the competition circuit for Marshall who also won the Canberra mini-tour the weekend prior to Sundowner.
The Oliver’s Racing team will be back in action in Wagga next weekend as the Cycling NSW Road series continues.