Tamworth rider mixing it with elite on tour

SAM Spokes has been flying the Tamworth cycling flag with pride on the Herald Sun Tour.

The talented 21-year-old, who heads back to Europe later this month to continue his rise up the professional riding ranks, was 19th in the opening time trial leg of the Tour earlier this week, Tamworth Cycling Club publicity officer Mal Nash said.

“He was just six seconds behind them.

“That’s pretty good considering the quality of the field.”

While the Tour continues around Victoria and finishes in Melbourne tomorrow, Tamworth’s  regular criteriums continue at Goddard Lane too.

Young Armidale rider Sam Jenner may well feature again,  Nash said.

“He and his old man have been regular riders, been just about every weekend,” Nash said.

“It’s great for us – it helps swell the numbers and it’s  good for young Sam and his father (Dave) too. 

“Dave has been riding with us old blokes in C grade and going all right too – getting better each week.”

Nash and his son, Daniel, have another busy weekend too.

They competed in the Hell Of The West at Goondiwindi last weekend.

“I had a good swim (2km), rode all right (80km) but did it tough in the run leg (20km),” Nash said.

“I ran the first six kms and then walked the rest.

“Daniel went all right though. 

“He finished sixth in his age group but about 100th overall. 

“We’re doing the triathlon out at Kootingal on Saturday arvo too. 

“It’s only a 200m swim-20km ride-2km run. That suits me.”

He said a number of locals also competed in the Hell Of The West, with the likes of Zoe Radford, Lyn Stewart, Mark Jarvis, Steve Bruce, Matt Wilson and Colin Ferguson all swimming legs or completing individual races.

Tomorrow morning’s Tamworth criteriums start at 8am sharp.

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