In its third year, the Fusion Games started the day with a 55km Social Ride to Sandgate and participants returned to a well deserved hot coffee while the competition started with the Adults Duathlon at 7:00am.
Todd Spackman was the first male over the finish line for the third year in a row in just under 50 minutes!
Minutes later, it was Briana Mackie who crossed the line first in the ladies division almost 3 minutes before second Melanie Newton.
Next on the program was the Kids’ Duathlon as little ones as young as 7 years of age up to 11 tried their hearts out, receiving a medal at the end no matter where they came.
Following on from the Duathlons was the great sport of cycling with 5 different graded divisions racing for top prize on a course pushing each contestant to their limits. First up Masters C and D with Mark Brooks coming first over the line. Braden O’Hehir-Fleming won the Masters B and Elite C division with Desrae Cameron winning the ladies handicap. Shortly after, it was Allan West’s turn to easily win the Masters A and Elite B division. The Elite A big guns stepped up the pace with Peter Thompson triumphant on the day for the third consecutive time.
The Corporate Teams Criterium was a highlight of the day. 9 teams of 5 riders competing to bring home the coveted trophy of Corporate Criterium Champion, the tension reached a peak and it was finally Team Virgin Australia who took it to the dismay of last year’s winners, Lambert & Reibhein Engineering. $100 from each team went to this year’s charity, the Amy Gillett Foundation.
The celebrities’ race on Citycycle kept all its promises. Surprisingly, the 25kg bikes proved to be fast and maneuverable in tight corners. Former pro cyclist Craig Mackie won the race, followed closely by Sara Carrigan. The rest of the bunch was composed of Brad Watts, Shane Walker, Jarod Moncur, Peter Nowill, Patrick Nispel, Cr David McLachlan, Cr Steven Huang and MP Robert Cavallucci.