Knox chases win in Merv Dean Memorial tour

TEAMWORK: Luke Knox and Aidan Bowe won this year's Tony McCaig Memorial A-grade madison on the track. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

TEAMWORK: Luke Knox and Aidan Bowe won this year's Tony McCaig Memorial A-grade madison on the track. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

LESS than a week after capturing the Bendigo and District Cycling Club's road championship, Luke Knox will be chasing success in the Merv Dean Memorial tour. 

The 49th running of the BDCC classic starts on Saturday at Woodstock.

A field of 38 in A-grade includes Knox and Bendigo clubmates Aidan Bowe, Brendan Schultz, Jason Lea, Jason Lowndes, Robbie Oakenfull and Sam Crome.

A few weeks ago, Knox was third in the Victorian Country road championship on the Harcourt-Sutton Grange circuit. Lowndes was runner-up.

A tour victory is what Schulz has done before. He added his name to the tour honour board in 2011.

The race for glory in the Precision Formworks-backed tour starts on the Woodstock circuit at 1km on Saturday. Stage one will be 101km.

Racing on Sunday will be at Bagshot. A 12km time trial starts at 9.30am and will be followed by a 74km leg from about 1pm.

Monday's racing is at Emu Creek. Stage distances are 52km and 65km.

Bendigo DCC tour champions include the McCaig brothers, Frank and Tony. They racked up four wins, a feat later matched by Tony Hughes.

It was 51 years ago that Merv Dean won the Bendigo and District Cycling Club tour.

A fierce competitor on the road and track, Dean was long-time secretary of the Bendigo DCC. 

His tireless work earned a Sports Focus Administrator of the Year award. The awards are held as part of the Bendigo Advertiser Sports Star of the Year, which is now in its 50th year and proudly supported by Prime 7 and Bendigo Bank.

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