LAVINGTON CYCLING: Brendan a proud winner as he does it for dad

BRENDAN Washington has charged to victory in a race named in honour of his father at the Lavington Charity Cycling Carnival.

Some of the region’s most exciting riders competed in the fourth annual event at the Lavington velodrome on Saturday night.

“It felt pretty good to win that one,” Washington said after winning the Bill Washington Memorial Race of 30 laps.

“There was no other race that I’d rather win.”

Bill Washington was a much-loved member of the Border cycling community. He died last year.

“It was the second time we raced in his memory, so we’ll continue to keep racing that one every year hopefully,” Washington said.

The main event of the night was the 2000-metre Flutterby Foundation Wheelrace, which was won by former Olympian Steve Fairless.

“Steve went to the Seoul Olympics in 1998, so to have him come along was great,” Washington said.

Washington, who was also an event organiser, was impressed by the calibre of racing across all of the divisions.

“The junior racing was really good,” he said.

“The Peter Benton Memorial race was won by Wangaratta youngster Rory Cook,” Washington said.

“It was a cracker of a race actually. Rory did really well.”

The Peter Benton Memorial race is open to juvenile riders under 15 years old.

About 50 cyclists from an area from Wagga to Melbourne competed in the event, which raised funds for the Flutterby Foundation and the Albury-Wodonga Carevan.

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