Clark’s second straight victory

HONOR: Matt Clark is presented with the Baw Baw Classic winner’s trophy.

LOCAL cyclist Matt Clark made it two from two at the weekend when he won his second straight Victorian Road Series race, taking out the prestigious Baw Baw Classic.

Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the country’s best up and coming climbers, Clark dominated the steep ascents across the 100km course, storming to victory by 59 seconds from Huon Salmon Genesys rider Ben Dyball, with Drapac Cycling’s Robbie Hucker a further 1:38 back in third spot.

Clark’s Charter Mason Drapac teammates Trevor and Jason Spencer crossed the line in fourth and fifth places respectively, while his older brother Brad was 27th overall.

After winning the Mt Buller Road Race last month, Clark was confident of performing well at Baw Baw, but said team tactics played a major part in his victory.

“I knew I had the strength and form to win it, as long as everything went right and things went according to plan,” he said.

“It was a very undulating course, with a steep climb of around 4km at eight per cent about halfway through.

“The last 20km was all uphill, with the final 6km a steep climb up to the top of Baw Baw.

“So it wasn’t as much about position as it was condition – we had to make the other teams do the work and chase the breakaways so that I could save my legs for the final climb.”

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