Orange’s Michael Troy has proven he will be a key member of the Torq/BSS cycling team after his efforts on the weekend.
Troy showed he’s competitive across the sport’s different road disciplines by medalling in the NSW Hill Climb Championships on Saturday before backing up to finish fourth in the Blayney to Bathurst Extreme Challenge on Sunday.
The 23-year-old also delivered a top 15 result in the Bathurst Criterium on Saturday.
Troy began his weekend by claiming bronze in the men’s elite division of the NSW Hill Climb Championships raced up Mount Panorama.
It matched the result he produced in 2011.
“When I was climbing, it didn’t feel as good as last year. Because it didn’t feel as good I didn’t expect to get a medal,” Troy explained.
“I had to be told I’d finished third. I didn’t believe them.
“I was pleased to get the result. It a good way to start the racing for the year. To ride and not feel quite right but still finish third is great.”
Troy then backed up to contest the men’s elite division in the Bathurst Criterium.
He finished 13th and was the first member of the Torq/BSS team across the line.
He then backed up on Sunday for the 162 kilometre extreme challenge.
This was an action-packed race for Troy.
“The pace was very high with lots of team tactics,” Troy explained.
“There were attacks going left, right and centre early in the race. I went with all of them.”
The field came together at the back of Tallwood but near Millthorpe there was another breakaway which quickly put 40 seconds on the main field.
This was when Troy made a a huge decision to go it alone and cross the gap to the breakaway.
“It took a lot out of me,” he said.
“I went solo from just before Millthorpe to just before Blayney. There was a bunch of 10 all together in Blayney to do the rest of the race.
“It turned out to be a defining move with all the teams represented in the breakaway.”
There was another attack at the base of Rockley Mount and once again Troy was able to close the gap.
Central Coast rider Michael Curran took the win in four hours, five minutes and 16 seconds and Troy finished fourth in 4:07.51.
“At the end of the day it was a good ride. It was definitely a challenge, that long and that intensity,” Troy said.
“It was very nice to get a top 10 finish in what is essentially my home race.”
Troy’s next focus is the Cootamundra Haycarters Handicap on May 12 and then the NSW Criterium Championships on May 19.
After this he will contest the Cycling Australia National Road Series with his Torq/BSS team starting with the Tour of Toowoomba from June 14-17.