HISTORY repeated itself on Saturday as Bradley Rayner defeated Mark Windsor in the 2019 Bathurst Cycling Club's A Grade Road Cycling Championship.
Just as he did a year earlier Rayner proved too strong for Windsor in the run towards the finish while Daniel Googe completed the podium.
Rayner was excited to retain his champion title in the top grade given the quality of the Bathurst Honour Roll.
Only European Professional Dean Windsor, Craig Hutton and Blair Windsor able to win back to back titles in the last two decades.
"It was a bit of interesting start to the day with all the fog hanging around but it turned out to be a really nice day. It was a good turnout for the club, a good A grade field and the Vale Road Circuit is a great little course that always throws up some interesting racing," Rayner said.
"I tried a few times to test the legs out and test the field out. I was lucky enough in the end to sneak off the front over the last kilometre so I'm really happy to be able to put my name next to those who have taken out club championships in the past.
"There's some really good riders who have put their name on the A grade trophy so I'm happy to make it two years in a row."
There were still eight riders left in contention on the Vale Road Circuit during the final lap of the contest and Windsor continued to attack on the climbs.
However, Rayner and Charlie Gascoyne quickly closed that attack down only to have Chris Couper break clear in the final few kilometres.
Couper was reeled back in and the group came together for an exciting run to the finish.
Rayner surprised everyone by jumping away again, this time with a winning break.
Windsor chased him home in second and Daniel Googe sprinting over Gascoyne for the bronze medal.
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The B grade championship went to David Reece, who defeated Jack Cannon and Tony Shaw. Former A Grade champion Rob Stephen lead the chase home to take fourth.
Braedon Smith was too powerful in the closing stages of the C Grade Championship while Jette McKellar won the 2019 D Grade championship, and also finished second overall in the Top female title behind Kalinda Robinson.
The course may not have been ideal for Robinson but her class shone through on the Vale Road Circuit.
"It's a pleasure. It's not something that happens every day," she said of her win.
"There's a couple of hills on the course but there's a bit of a flat section that was good for me and allowed me to recover."
While happy to take the win, Robinson is eyeing off her preferred track discipline in the near future.
"I've got a couple of road carnivals coming up but after that I'll be back into track training again."