Hell of the West draws Tamworth pair

TAMWORTH Cycling Club returns to Goddard Lane for more criterium racing tomorrow morning although a couple of the normal riders will be missing.

Daniel Nash and his father, club publicity officer Mal “Chum” Nash, will be racing in the Hell Of The West at Goondiwindi tomorrow.

Mal Nash said a number of locals are supposedly racing in the triathlon that will test his fitness.

“It’s a 2km swim in the Macintyre River, then an 80km bike,” Nash said.

“But I might be walking the 20km run leg.”

His joking assessment of the race is a far cry from the serious racing some triathletes will perform in completing the tough triathlon.

“It’s a normal day for us,”  Nash said of  Tamworth.

“Hopefully numbers will be back to normal too with everyone back from 

holidays.”

He said the selection of TCC’s Sam Spokes in the Australian Under 23 side to race in next week’s Herald Sun Tour (Wednesday start) is a bonus for the local club.

“It is good for the club to have a young cyclist like Sam in our ranks,” he said.

“It’s great for the club to have someone of his calibre racing with us.

“All the boys enjoy racing against him. 

“It’s a big challenge for them.

“And they have been going well too. 

“All the A grade riders have been in good form.”

Phil Kelleher slipped along the inside to sneak a late win off Spokes last Sunday.

 Nash hopes Spokes will have one last ride tomorrow before departing for the Sun Tour and his Australian Under 23 team obligations.

 Nash stressed the 8am sharp start to tomorrow’s criteriums.

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