Colac’s Cameron Shaw takes out the Greg Gleeson memorial road race at Wangoom.SPRINT specialist Cameron Shaw held his nerve from second scratch in yesterday’s Greg Gleeson memorial road race to snare victory at Wangoom.
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The Colac Cycling Club member, who prides himself on a reliable sprint, took cover in his bunch throughout the 57-kilometre journey before charging home almost unchallenged.

“I was feeling pretty confident with five kilometres to go,” Shaw said after the race.

“No one was really doing anything, no one was taking control.

“We didn’t go over the last hill very fast, which helped me.

“I was lucky it panned out the way it did. When we started the sprint, I guess I was quicker than everyone else.

“I was just in the right place at the right time.”

Shaw’s win was a marked improvement from his original goal, which was just to finish.

The 38-year-old crossed the line with a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 35 seconds.

Hamilton’s Chris Kennett was second, followed by Mount Gambier’s Daniel Herrewyn, Ballarat’s Aaron Blomeley and Warrnambool’s Cameron Gillies.

However, Shaw’s winning effort was trumped by his son Zac, who posted the fastest time of 1:31.31.

Zac, who was riding from scratch, will represent Australia at the track junior world championships in New Zealand in August.

The Colac teenager won the 68km Glenn Cook memorial road race on Saturday, again recording the fastest time.

Braving the persistent wind and rain, about 64 riders rolled up to the Wangoom hall starting line for the afternoon event.

Port Fairy Cycling Club’s Simon Walsh was second, followed by Warrnambool’s Darrin Jones, Colac’s Calum Middleton and Blomeley. Camperdown youngster Tim van der Schans was sixth.

The memorial races doubled as the opening two round of the South West Series, which continues next month.

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