Riders to put the foot down on concrete

TAMWORTH Cycling Club heads from the road to the velodrome tonight.

While its  racing members were hammering out some quick laps at Goddard Lane in last Sunday’s regular criterium races, they will be at the Tamworth Velodrome tonight tackling a far different circuit than the bitumen-surfaced Goddard Lane.

They will be on the concrete on the velodrome pushing up to speeds between 50 and 60kmph riding in events like Flying 200ms and scratch races.

Kierins might even be introduced, club president John Saunders said.

He’s hoping they might even outfit riders in different colours and have a race caller to call the explosive races at some stage of the track racing season.

Club publicity officer Mal “Chum” Nash said if the criterium racing from the weekend was anything to go by, then the track racing would be even better.

“The crits were real quick this weekend,”  Nash said.

“Sam (Spokes) and Mitch (Carrington), our two European riders, brought back a ton of speed with them.

“The A grade crit was hard and fast.

“But every single grade had good numbers. We had at least six or seven in all four grades and that made it interesting,” he said.

“Now we go to the track racing Thursday night.

“ It’s even faster and harder.

“They don’t have brakes so it’s fast.”

He said some riders would be warming up this afternoon but racing starts at 7pm .

He invites anyone down to watch some of the city’s best junior and senior  riders crank it up in the various races.

There is also a BBQ after the last race for riders and spectators to mix.

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