Spokes too classy in Tamworth criterium

SAM Spokes was in dominant form again as the young rider out-sprinted his opponents to win yesterday morning’s Tamworth Cycling Club’s (TCC)  A grade criterium.

Spokes, 21, was uncatchable and beat Mitch Carrington and Fraser Ashford in a race where the A and B grades raced in one large group but where there were separate races and results.

The A Graders also raced for 35 minutes plus two laps while the B Graders raced 30mins and two laps for club president John Saunders to prevail over Brad Roberts and Mark Jarvis.

C grade was a 25-minute plus two-lap event won by Lachlan McKay from Josh Nash and James Eason.

 Saunders said it was another good morning of racing.

“We had 25 riders,”  Saunders said.

 “We did have a few away but it was good to have Mark Jarvis and Scott Thompson back. 

“They haven’t raced for a long while.” 

Young star Jess Saunders had a weekend off the bike after a nasty crash at the velodrome last Thursday night.

“She spent two nights in hospital,”  Saunders said.

“We’ll see how she goes.”

He was speaking in reference to she, Jeremy Bartlett and her sister, Olivia Saunders, all riding in Sydney this weekend at the President’s Cup and Country Championships.

He said the regular Tuesday training night at the velodrome continues tomorrow along with Thursday night’s track racing.

“A few members are getting track bikes this week,” he said of a possible increase in  racing numbers at the velodrome.

“It’s been going well,” he said of the track racing of a Thursday evening.

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