DUTCHMAN Floris Goesinnen has ridden his way into Australian cycling folklore.
The 28-year-old Drapac rider is today enjoying the best weekend of his career after he won south-west Victoria’s two biggest races.
The dream run started when he outsprinted New South Welshman Aaron Donnelly to claim the 262km Campolina Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic on Saturday.
He backed it up with victory in the 117-kilometre Shipwreck Coast Classic yesterday to become the first person to win the two features in consecutive days.
“You don’t really plan about it, and you don’t really dream about it,” he said yesterday, as he comprehended the magnitude of his achievement.
“In all honesty you can dream about winning the Warni or winning a stage of the (Jayco Herald) Sun Tour or winning the Shipwreck Tour.
“But winning back-to-back, that’s a little bit cocky.”
Goesinnen produced eerily similar rides on both Saturday and Sunday, gambling that brazen breakaways would pay the ultimate dividends.
His Melbourne to Warrnambool performance, in particular, was one for the ages.
The second-year Drapac rider surged clear with 40km remaining, and only Donnelly joined him.
The pair led by as much as one minute, 44 seconds, and remarkably still led when the finish line came into sight.
From there, Goesinnen was able to beat Donnelly (Aussie Farmers Dairy) to win in seven hours and 23 seconds.
West Australian Bradeley Hall (Plan B Racing) was third, leading home the peloton 35 seconds behind.
Goesinnen’s breakaway in the Shipwreck Coast Classic yesterday was less audacious.
Drapac had Goesinnen and Rhys Pollock in a five-rider lead group when the Dutchman made his move with 5km remaining.
He built up a race-winning lead before Pollock also broke, with Drapac claiming a comfortable one-two.
Goesinnen, who joined Drapac two years ago, said the weekend reflected well on the team.
“One of the biggest reasons why I enjoy this team so far is the group is so close with each other,” he said.
“It looks like it’s all me but to be honest everyone who was up the road on the team has had a win already.
“It’s not like someone has had six wins. Everyone has had one or two wins.
“It’s good for the atmosphere, everyone is happy to sacrifice themselves for the other.
“Next week it might be someone else.”