Moffatt rekindles love for cycling

Tolland cyclist Richard Moffatt in 2006
Tolland cyclist Richard Moffatt in 2006

A Wagga-based former semi-professional cyclist who called it quits in 2003 because he “stopped loving it” returned to racing less than a month ago, and won the Stockinbingal Fair on Sunday.

Tolland rider Richard Moffatt navigated strong winds, made a break with Rob Gray 10 kilometres out from the finish to catch the front-markers.

“I was trying to give him the win,” Moffatt said.

“He was doing more work than me to get there but some guys were about to roll over the top of him, and I wasn’t about to let guys from Griffith or Coota win.”

Scratch riders didn’t catch the front-markers.

Tolland’s Peter Treloar clocked the fastest time, one hour, 11 minutes, 37 seconds, and Alice Debney was the fastest female.

Moffatt hadn’t planned to race the whole Tour de Riverina series, but after success at stage two he’s considering it.

“I didn’t touch a bike for three years, but there’s a really good group of guys in Wagga I’ve been riding pretty consistently with, and I’ve got the fire back,"  he said.

The next stage is Sunday’s Butch Menz Memorial.

  1. Richard Moffatt, Tolland
  2. Heath White, Cobram
  3. Brett Louttit, Cootamundra
  4. Robert Gray, Wagga
  5. Alice Debney, Tolland
  6. Tim Doyle, Tolland
  7. Brad Wild, Tolland
  8. Darren Wilder, Cootamundra
  9. Brodie Pierce, Tolland
  10. Jed Kitson, Tolland