Local trio take out QLD road race
ALL the money was on John from Bundaberg.
It was a safe bet, because the three riders in the Queensland Masters Road Race breakaway bunch – John Hampson, John Bryen and John Boylan – all travelled from Bundaberg that day.
The trio finished in that order, with a photo finish scrutinised for 90 minutes before the honours were handed to Hampson.
To complete the glory day for Bundaberg riders, Ted Trask picked up a bronze in the 55-60 year division 80km race.
The triple-John success was set up when a Brisbane rider made a break about 30km into the 60km race.
Boylan chased him down and took Hampson and Bryen with him.
“I went past John Hampson and said: ‘This is it. This is the breakaway,'” Boylan said.
“It took us a few kilometres to get together but we worked really well the rest of the way and won by a few minutes in the end.”
It was Hampson's first medal at that level since he started riding competitively five years ago.
Boylan joked that Hampson's win came about only because he was recovering from a crash just over two months ago.
“I won it last year and am still recovering. If I didn't bring them along I would've won it again,” he joked.
“But seriously, they are very strong riders. We probably do about 400km a week and have a bit of fun with it.
“Three Johns from Bundaberg coming first, second and third. What are the odds of that,” Hampson quipped.
“I'm not sure, but come next year's race chances are there will be some sort of market for it on