The 11th annual Armidale Cycling Club Autumn Festival Criterium took place under sunny skies yesterday with 79 riders contesting for prizes across 5 grades. There was a very close finish in A-Grade after the three riders involved had ridden off the front and lapped the rest of the field on the tight 800M city CBD course. Glen Mathiske (Tamworth) just got up ahead of Dylan Sunderland (Inverell) and Dan Alcock (Coffs Harbour) who also picked up 2 of the 4 sprints.
In B-Grade Darren Trail continued the celebrations for Tamworth with victory from Alex Beadie (Coffs Harbour) and Sam Horwood (Inverell). Sam Munday (Armidale) rode a great race, finishing fourth and picking up 2 of the 3 intermediate sprints.
Coffs Harbour made it a clean sweep in C-Grade with Shaun Cameron, Troy Hardaker and Will McLennon taking the top 3 spots with Cameron also winning all 3 sprints.
Local boys David Cook and Ben Hutton gave Armidale some cheer in D-Grade coming first and second and winning both sprints, with Billy Ensby and Asher Fawle from Coffs Harbour taking home third and fourth spots and in the Juniors, Armidale again got on the podium with a win for Lucy Cook and a second place for Shaun Butler. Kalani McClennon (Coffs Harbour) and Jacqueline Tracey (Armidale) finishing third and fourth.
We’ll have a full round-up with the local stories behind the results in the next couple of days and photos will appear on our gallery pages soon.
A massive thank you to all those involved in putting on the race, the commissaires, the race organisers, the Bullen and McMillan families, all the ACC club members and the sponsors of the event. Plus of course all the riders and supporters on the day who make this event so special.
A-Grade – 45 mins plus 2 laps – 26 riders
|3||ALCOCK Dan||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 1||ALCOCK Dan||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 2||SUNDERLAND Dylan||Inverell|
|Sprint 3||ALCOCK Dan||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 4||CHISWELL Nathan||Coffs Harbour|
B-Grade – 40 mins plus 2 laps – 17 riders
|2||BEADIE Alex||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 1||MUNDAY Sam||Armidale|
|Sprint 2||HOYNES Mick||Inverell|
|Sprint 3||MUNDAY Sam||Armidale|
C-Grade – 35 mins plus 2 laps – 21 riders
|1||CAMERON Shaun||Coffs Harbour|
|2||HARDAKER Troy||Coffs Harbour|
|3||McCLENNON Will||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 1||CAMERON Shaun||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 2||CAMERON Shaun||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 3||CAMERON Shaun||Coffs Harbour|
D-Grade – 25 mins plus 2 laps – 11 riders
|3||ENSBY Billy||Coffs Harbour|
|4||FAWLE Asher||Coffs Harbour|
|Sprint 1||HUTTON Ben||Armidale|
|Sprint 2||COOK David||Armidale|
Juniors – 15 mins plus 2 laps
|3||McCLENNON Kalani||Coffs Harbour|