BLACKBURN cyclist Brendan Cahill won the Rob Vernon Memorial Handicap race in a thrilling finish on Sunday.
Cahill, who began the race with a 34 minute handicap, was crowned champion at the Emu Creek finish line.
Footscray's Leigh Kelly (28 minutes) finished second while Bendigo young gun Taylor Anstee (28 minutes) crossed the line in third place, in the 112 kilometre race.
The fastest rider in the open handicap was Ryan Cavanagh, who was a part of the 17-person scratch bunch.
In the 15 to 17 years category, Echuca-Moama's Josh Thomson (16 minutes) was the winner.
Bendigo and District's Cycling Club's Isaac Buckell, who began off scratch, was second.
He had had the fastest time in his cycling category.
Nathan Burrell (2.5 minutes), also from Bendigo, finished third.
The first female to cross the line was Abby Gray (9 minutes) from the Brunswick Cycling Club.
Bendigo's Alessia McCaig (5.5 minutes), Aalia Polidano (6.5 minutes) and Olivia Sens (5.5 minutes) finished in first, second and third positions in the 11 to 13 years category.
Alexander Allott, who began off scratch, had the fastest time for the category,
More than 150 riders in total competed in the race which was organised by the Bendigo and District Cycling Club.