Females to the fore in Tamworth lower grades

TAMWORTH Cycling Club’s criterium racing added another division to its regular Sunday morning races at Goddard Lane on the weekend.

For the first time in many months, the club staged a D Grade.

While it was just a 10 minute race plus two laps, it highlighted the development in the club over a short time.

Brooke Cameron won the D grade race from Deb Walgarski and Dave Bennett.

It was a good start to the day for the female riders too, with Jess Saunders winning the 25 minutes plus two laps C Grade race from Lachlan McKay and Josh Nash.

Jack Pianta won the 30 minute plus two lap B grade from Brad Roberts and Darren Traill while Sam Spokes returned to racing to win the A Grade from Phil Kelleher and Mitch Carrington.

Jess Saunders’ C Grade success also suggests she’s in good form to tackle this weekend’s third round of the National Junior Series in Launceston.

“She’s done the first two rounds and is sitting about eighth at this stage,” said her father, John Saunders, who is also the Tamworth president.

“The following week we’ve got a few riders away at some more titles in Sydney. So we’ll have a couple of big weeks before Christmas.”

That will be both away and at home where the criterium racing continues on Sunday morning (8am) as well as the track racing at the Tamworth Velodrome tomorrow night.

“We were washed out last week,” Saunders said.

All are invited to the Velodrome to watch some of the city’s talented young, and old, cyclists racing.

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