Local rider successful in Victorian Masters road race

By Cobram Courier

Cobram-Barooga cyclist Rene Mol, 68, has claimed the Masters eight 20 km time trial with a time of 37.07 minutes at the Victorian Masters road race.

Mol finished five minutes faster than the second placegetter in the road race event in Ballarat on the weekend.

It was his second victory in this event, as having won 10 years ago at Wangaratta.

He finished third in the 58 km road race as well, racing in inclement weather, with large hail and gale force winds.

Mol started his cycling career at 16, but gave it away because of safety concerns when some of his cycling mates were killed on the road.

In those days, he occasionally raced against the legendary Phil Anderson, the first Australian to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Cycling was not the only sport at which Mol excelled. For many years he was an outstanding kayaker, winning five Murray River Marathons, and, on three of those occasions, obliterated the race record.

He also won the kayak doubles, partnering another local with a great kayaking record Zane Douglas.

A dual Commonwealth gold medallist and a fourth placing in a World Championship are on his excellent resume of sporting participation.

He had many other victories, including one in Scotland, where, partnered with James Sloan, they broke a long standing record in a two-day event.

He is an inspiration to younger athletes with his dedication to sport.

His grandson Nicholas Torney, 19, has been encouraged to enter sport, being a very keen cyclist. On the weekend, Torney finished fourth in the under-23 time trial event at Ballarat.