Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

They Couldn't Catch Him; "Barbie in Pink" Pulls Win Ahead of Fast-Finishing Peloton

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

They Couldn't Catch Him; "Barbie in Pink" Pulls Win Ahead of Fast-Finishing Peloton

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LOCAL big man Tim "Barbie" Bartlett proved he was indeed the strong man as he romped to an impressive road race win in Saturday's Trenyar Battle Royale.

Again Team Mojo was out in force, dressed in matching kits, but founding member Paul O'Connor rode in discreet colours, perhaps in an attempt to fly under the radar.

The time spread was 7 minutes 30 seconds from first to last of the 20 starters. Andrew Terrey shone almost as brightly as his shoes, as he soloed the majority of the way. Terrey held an impressive gap leading up the Fish Farm climb and back down Experimental Lane, with many, including yours truly strongly believing "the fluro" had it. However a large storm was brewing behind as the fast-paced peloton of 11 riders were grinding the time gap back.

As the riders disappeared over the crest, spectators waged whether Terrey would hold out or not. When they reappeared it was "Barbie" Bartlett leading the pack and surging home with no one - not even club legend Dion Wilkes - able to pull him back. As it was, Bartlett was the one drinking the glory from the top step, with the final words of his victory speech "don't call me Barbie!" ... Some little Yugo advice Tim: Don't let anyone know you don't like your new nickname.

Yet again a lot of disappointed mountain bikers as yet another chook run was cancelled. With over 30km at our back door in the delightful Bom Bom State Forest, the local track Wizard and "trail whisperer" asks any would-be mountain bikers to please refrain from riding in the muddy conditions, as it undoes all the tremendous efforts put in by the local Mr Fix-its.

Four members made the trip to Tabulam on Saturday to compete in the Emu Creek Mountain Bike race. Nigel Blake put in a solid effort in the 60km race riding consistent lap times to finish in third spot. …

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