Juniors and Seniors had their second hit out for the year at the criterium track, with some ominous results for other club members.
Freya Weston won a six lap handicap criterium from Jake and Haydon after the juniors put in their usual impressive time trial performances.
The seniors split into two (and a bit) groups, with A grade given half a lap over a biggish B grade group, C lining up behind for their own race. John Scott-Hamilton signalled his intent for the year by taking the main event from Brent Weston. The C grade race proved to be a punishing race of attrition as riders new and old were felled by the pace. Chicka took the race with a lazy sprint from Dave Rubie, but not before Bob Murison subjected the group to 45km/h+ speeds down the main straight.
In other news, Sam Jenner competed in the U15 Scratch race chamionships at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney, competing against a strong field of 16 other riders from around the state. In the 20 lap final (5km) Sam managed to nab the Bronze medal. Well done Sam, glad I don’t have to race against you any more.
Biggest news of all: Armidale Cycling Club will be hosting the Junior State road championships for the next two years, with plans to utilise the criterium track, Dangarsleigh Road and a new course around the ring road at the University. More details to come, but a big thanks to Andrew Swan who co-ordinated the application successfully.
For a bit of a surprise, have a look at the last page of January’s “Ride Cycling Review”. Everybody should have a copy!