HARD-EARNED: Richard Bonner (left) standing tall on the podium after claiming a road race silver medal during the Australian Masters.
HARD-EARNED: Richard Bonner (left) standing tall on the podium after claiming a road race silver medal during the Australian Masters. Niels Juel, Veloshotz

Doc lands on podium

Cycling: After only a year on a bike Stanthorpe man Richard Bonner tackled one of Australia's most feared rides, seven years in and he's winning medals left right and centre.

The local doctor has just competed in the Australian Masters National Road Cycling Championships and stood atop the podium twice.

He claimed a silver medal in the road race and had a bronze medal in the time trial event.

Preparation for the race hasn't been too smooth with Bonner involved in a nasty collision just a couple months ago. His undoing - a kangaroo.

"Yeah, I had one of those little ones just dart out from the side of the road and took out my front wheel before I even knew it was there,” he said.

"Lost skin off both knees, both elbows, had a concussion and a back injury. I was off for about three weeks.

"It did (dampen preparation). I was sort of back to square one after that.”

The championships held two weekends ago utilised the road race course at Currumbin that will host the Commonwealth Games cycling event in 2018.

"It was used as a bit of a dress rehearsal for the 2018 games.

"The road race course is pretty technical... a lot of corners, roundabouts, a few bottlenecks and two really steep hills in the middle of it.

"The result was beyond my expectations.”

Bonner also won gold at the Queensland Masters State time trial in August.

"I used to run but the knees weren't happy to run any more so I got on the bike.”

With only a year's experience, he took on the Grafton-Inverell Cycle Classic, one of Australia's toughest cycle rides.

From there he's been going after his next challenge. Following the nationals Bonner said he's keen to take a break, recuperate and look ahead to his next adventure.

"Bit of recovery time now. I might just go on a few shorter low-key races,” he said.

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