Paddy Bevin continues to impress this season after taking out the REV Classic in Cambridge NZ on the weekend.
The races new UCI 1.2 status definitely added some prestige to the already successful event with Bevins win also of note due to it being the first time ever that a rider has managed to go back to back. Paddy found himself off the front with Michael Torkler (Budget) and James Oram (NZ National Team) after Torkler attacked on the days final climb. Despite being forced to do all the work in the final kilometres Paddy still had enough in the legs to take the win.
— Fraser Gough ️ (@GoughFraser) February 28, 2015
The race was on from the gun with the first climb up French Pass causing a selection which saw eight riders go clear. Paddy made the move but was badly outnumbered so chose to sit on while Fraser and Cam sat on the front of the main field to bring it back. At the 88km mark the boys had the break back and then drove the race hard to stop any further attacks ensuring that Paddy and Taylor would get a chance on the final climb. As the race hit the lower slopes of the climb Torkler accelerated followed by Oram and the Paddy with the field struggling in ones and two’s behind. Oram lost contact over the summit but managed to fight back on on the descent with the three now 45 seconds clear of the chasers. In the finish Paddy was too quick with Oram second and Torkler third.
— REV Cycle Race (@TheREVCycleRace) March 1, 2015