RIDERS at last Saturday's NSW Road Individual Time Trial Championships at Gunning deserved medals for just being able to stay on their bikes in horror winds.
But some Bathurst Cycling Club riders were strong enough to bring home prizes thanks to challenging rides in ferocious conditions.
Rosemary Hastings, Richard Hobson and Graham Stait all brought home gold medals in their respective divisions while John Roberts and Jeremy Ryan finished with silver.
So severe was the wind that those in the elite and under 23s categories were brought back from 47 kilometres to the shorter 32km course, to avoid the most exposed section near Breadalbane.
Winds of over 60km/h were recorded and gusts at Goulburn airport almost reached triple figures.
Hastings completed her 22km course in 49 minutes and 40.65 seconds which was, unsurprisingly, well short of her personal best mark on the track.
Simply reaching the finish line was a challenge in its own right and Masters Women 9 rider Hastings said she had never raced in conditions like that around the Goulburn course.
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"It was very wild. It was kind of a tailwind and crosswind one way then a headwind and a block headwind in places in the other way," she said.
"I found myself almost being blown off the road a couple of times but I was able to stay upright. You just have to put your head down and push on.
"I certainly felt like I'd been challenged by the time I'd reached the finish. I've always enjoyed racing that course because it can be difficult or easier depending on the weather conditions."
Hobson beats nine other riders to take home gold in a competitive Masters Men 5 field.
The event ended up being a Bathurst 1-2 finish after Roberts finished narrowly behind Hobson in the standings.
Hobson laid down a time of 32:25.86 and Roberts was just 17 seconds further back in what was a strong showing for the Bathurst club.
Stait had a great battle for the Masters Men 8 gold with ACT Vikings Cycling Club's Anthony Beasley.
The Bathurst club rider completed the course in 38:46.29 to finish just 10 seconds clear of the Canberra rider.
Ryan silver came against a stacked field of 21 Masters Men 4 riders.
The fight for the silver medal was a fierce one but Ryan's time of 30:35.25 was strong enough to see him hold off four riders who finished within half a minute of him.
Penrith's Peter Milostic was on another level to beat Ryan by more than 90 seconds for gold.
Toireasa Gallagher narrowly missed out on a medal in her Masters Women 2 time trial.
"I was really proud of the other Bathurst Cycling Club members who got on the podium," Hastings said.
"Graham Stait, from Lithgow, has been cycling for a long, long time and he had a great ride to win his time trial and so did Richard Hobson. Our club did very well."