Australian Masters Games

Pair riding high on life

Tom Chapman - 7 October 2013

Pair riding high on life

For anyone arriving at the track cycling competition, it is quickly evident that the 14th Australian Masters Games really does cater for all ages and all walks of life.

And for mates Hugh Gray, 69, and Dan Ives 71, the track provides a perfect way to blow the cobwebs out before more racing, on the road, later in the week.

Gray, from Empire Bay in New South Wales, and Ives from Melbourne’s Malvern East, have been competing in Masters competitions for some years now, but this is their first time in Geelong.

The pair has been competing against each other throughout that time - joking that they take it in turns for first place.

“This year we’re in different age categories. But next year he will be in my age group so I’ll start losing again,” Ives joked.

The first event for the day was the time trial, and although both admitted to being a bit rusty in unfamiliar surroundings, they both managed to snare a gold medal to start the week off with a bang.

Gray, as it turns out, is no stranger to such glory, shyly admitting that his last World Masters Games appearance in Sydney brought quite some success.

“My wife didn’t want me to mention this, and I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but at the Worlds I won a gold medal,” said Gray

 “It was against some stiff competition from all over the world, so I was quite happy with it.”

And despite the enjoyment of individual success, both men admit it is the addiction to the sport that keeps them coming back.

“We don’t care if we win or lose, we just love the sport and at our age there’s nothing I would rather be doing,” Ives said.

The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.

For further Australian Masters Games information and to register, visit -

www.AustralianMastersGames.com

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