Farrer teen nails first criterium win

JOSH Nash scored a maiden win in C Grade criterium racing at Goddard’s Lane yesterday morning as the Tamworth Cycling Club headed towards Christmas with more success on the national scene.

While 13-year-old  Nash was beating Matt Wilson and Peter Nash in the 25minute plus two lap C grade, Tamworth sisters Tori and Jess Saunders were scoring more success in  national events in Bowral, Jess picking up a silver medal on Saturday night and Tori a bronze.

At Goddard’s Lane, Josh Nash celebrated his first win in C Grade criteriums.

A Year 7 student at Tamworth’s Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, he’s been riding for about a year.

He also swims with the Kootingal-Moonbi Swimming Club, swimming and cycling being his main summer sports and  league his winter code.

“It was hard racing, pretty windy,”  Nash said.

“Hopefully I’ll be back next week.”

Josh’s uncle, Mal “Chum” Nash reckoned he and his brother, Peter, did plenty of turns up front for young Josh too while Josh’s dad “was trying to win a ham at Tamworth Golf Club”.

“It was a tough day in that wind but a good race,” Mal Nash said.

“Matt Wilson had us chasing there for a while too – we spent five laps chasing him down,” he said of a breakaway ride that almost paid winning dividends for the eventual second-placed Wilson.

 Sam Spokes prevailed in the combined A and B Grade Criterium from Lewis Chapman and Kierin Lewis.

Dave Menzies rode in that combined race, the 56-year-old caravan park operator from Manilla finishing back in the 15-man field but delighted with his recent form which saw him annex a national veterans’ title in his hometown Launceston recently.

Menzies won the 55-59 age division of the criterium at the national vet titles in Launceston on November 9/10/11.

“I was fifth in the time trial and sixth in the road race too,”  Menzies said yesterday.

“It’s great to win the criterium. There were 18 in it. 

“I was born in Launceston and rode there as a young professional. 

“I rode there in ’73 and then joined the army for 20 years.”

He knew some of the local riders as well and renewed old friendships.

“I’ve been riding with the Orana Vets (Dubbo) for the past few years because there’s no club here,” he said.

“I like to get away and race with them and have ridden three national championships now. I enjoy the racing here too. 

“We’re going to Cronulla next week and then down to Wollongong on the Sunday.”

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