THE return of “The Phantom” Shane Roberts was a feature in A and B Grade action in the weekly Bundaberg Cycling Club meeting at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome on Saturday night.
Club secretary Jason Templeman said a quality field again produced some exciting racing.
“The club’s missing man Shane gave his usual 110% in all races,” Templeman said.
But his only placing was in the 1200m handicap where he was runner-up to Justin Black, who also took out the 800m handicap.
Ben Boylan claimed the other two A and B Grade events, the Unknown Distance and 25-lap Scratch Race.
Templeman also said Sean Cox showed “remarkable improvement”, producing a “strong all-round performance” to grab second in the Scratch Race and third in the other three events in the blue riband division.
“Special mention must be made of Justin Black and Trevor Geisling from the Fraser Coast Club for again making the trip up the Bruce Highway to join us for club racing,” he said.
“But the stand-out was Ben Boylan who is certainly hitting his straps and is getting himself into some great touch in the lead up to the 4BU Cycling Spectacular on December 10 and 11.
The night kicked off with the Novice Grade with a further two new riders joining in Jarrah and Zac McNicol and the latter making a great debut, claiming the 800m, Unknown Distance and 4-Lap Scratch Race treble.
But Boylan’s son Patrick continued his fine form, taking out the 400m Handicap, and chasing McNicol home in the other three events, while Patrick’s brother Declan made it a family quinella in the 400m Handicap.
Patrick Brennan again showed his consistency and continuing improvement in C and D Grade, emerging victorious in the 800m handicap and placing second behind Kristina Bannister in the 1200m handicap and 12-lap Scratch Race, and third behind her in the 12-Lap Points Score.
Leanna Sutton and Brock Cooper also continued their rivalry with some good duels.
Templeman said racing under lights on Saturday nights is proving popular with also numbers starting to build.
Training is held at the track every Wednesday from 5pm with racing on Saturday from 6pm with registrations from 5.30pm.
New riders and spectators are always welcome with a great night of family fun. The canteen also operates.