IT WAS down to a thrilling last-gasp push but Surf Coast cyclist Jamie Robinson has etched his name in the history books, downing club teammate Neil Maurer by centimetres to take the Bill Long Veterans Handicap crown.
The 42-year-old pounced on a chance after Maurer took the wrong turn, using every ounce of his strength to mow down his fellow Surf Coast Cycling Club compatriot in the last legs of the race.
Robinson, who had competed in four Bill Long Handicaps prior to his win, said he was thrilled to come away with the win.
“I felt alright all day. I could see Neil up in front, but he took the wrong turn. I got up and just managed to catch him on the line,” he said.
“We had a pretty good bunch. Everyone was working well together which makes it good.
Robinson said he was fond of the 70km course, which ventures past the picturesque lakes and lush paddocks of the south-west.
“It’s a fast course, there’s a lot of trees so it’s quite sheltered from the wind at times. I didn’t have any expectations, I just thought I’d come in and have a ride.
“I’ve only just been really seriously into cycling for the past two or three years. I’ve been doing it all my life on and off, though.
“I’m just really enjoying my riding at the moment and I’m finding it really enjoyable. It’s all good fun.”