Brown's wheels in winning motion
HERVEY Bay’s Michael Brown is showing no signs of slowing down the older he gets.
Nothing can be further from the truth when it comes to cycling.
The 53-year-old former state junior champion has been in red-hot form on his two wheels, most recently against cyclists young enough to be his children.
Brown, who usually puts in between 450 and 500km a week in training, showed his class by winning the race to the line in the Fraser Coast Cycling Club A grade criterium in Urangan.
The race was part of the club’s Summer criterium series, a series which is held every Saturday, alternating between Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
Ben Woodman finished second behind Brown while Kade Eames finished third.
Mark Fielding, Simon Boss-Walker and Mitchell Sutton was the finishing order in B grade.
Veteran Trevor Geysing won C grade finishing ahead of Clinton Robertson and Phil Dale.
Brown’s win continued what has already been a good year for him.
He powered his way to being crowned the best in the state after winning the Queensland 2000m Individual Pursuit (Division IV) earlier this year.
Brown won it in style as well, setting a new state r of two minutes and 36secs.
He also finished 11th in his division (135 starters) during the hardest one day road race in Australia – the Grafton to Inverell.
In October, Brown headed to Sydney to contest the time trial and the road race during the World Masters and he just missed a medal in both after finishing fourth.
With form like that, it comes as no surprise that Brown, a finalist in the Queensland Road Cyclist of the Year awards, has no intention of giving the game away.
“I doing alright for an old bloke,” he laughed.
“Seriously, I am going pretty fast for my age and that’s pretty handy when you race against these young guns.”