RYAN Brodie had not raced in the Melbourne to Warrnambool before 2019.
Now the south-west cycling enthusiast is a back-to-back winner of the first Warrnambool rider award.
The 34-year-old finished in 27th overall, 10 better than he did in his first attempt last year, and seven minutes behind winner Brendan Johnston.
In 2019 he completed the 262-kilometre race in six hours, 26 minutes and 22 seconds.
This year, and with an additional five kilometres to tackle, he finished three minutes faster in six hours, 23 minutes and 14 seconds.
The Stick and Dart Racing Team rider was pleased to survive the wet and windy conditions to cross the famous finish line at Raglan Parade for a second time in a row.
Brodie, who grew up 100 metres from the race's finish line, was unsure whether he would return to complete a hat-trick of first Warrnambool rider victories.
The Warrnambool Social Lattes rider celebrated finishing the classic with some well-earned McDonald's.
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