Phil “keglegs” Thomas has won the annual John Dewhurst 60km handicap in Tamworth on the weekend, leading a dominant contingent of Armidale riders in a clean sweep of the race.
The wet weather on the weekend dampened local enthusiasm for racing, but didn’t deter a large contingent of Armidale riders. Chris Stace started in the Go group, with Sophie Wallace, Peter Creagan, Phil Thomas, Big Dave Jenner and Holly Harris in the second group. The third group hosted Lachlan McPhie and Peter “Wilko” Wilkinson, the fourth group Andrew “Swanny” Swan and Dave “Fingers” Rugendyke. Scratch contained Harrison Munday, Dave Munday, Iron Mick Hoult, Sam “The Jennerator” Jenner and Greg “Mountain” Mantten.
Notably absent riders who usually feature at the sharp end of Armidale racing, Rob Tindale and Andrew Kirk, failed to show. Despite their absence, Armidale dictated the tactics during the race, with the second group overtaking Go at the front and holding the lead ahead of a fast finishing scratch group.
Harrison Munday ended up with fastest time of the day, putting 50 metres into a 10 strong scratch group on a sharp rise near the finish line but it wasn’t good enough to catch the winners.
In local racing news, nothing happened. Nobody liked the rain.