Patience pays for plumber in Tamworth criterium

MITCH Carrington bided his time before pouncing late to win Sunday’s Tamworth Cycle Club combined A/B grade criterium at Goddard Lane.

The Tamworth plumber was too strong for retired life member Alan Spokes with club president John Saunders third in the 30 minute plus two lap criterium.

Gunnedah’s Trevor Jaeger won the C Grade from Josh Nash and his uncle, Peter Nash.

That 25 minute plus two lap C Grade race was made more interesting by the fact race officials had given young female rider Ollie Saunders a lap start.

“We didn’t know until midway through the race that she was still stuck on the back of the peloton,” club publicity officer Mal “Chum” Nash laughed.

“We were supposed to catch her.”

They did eventually.

“She rode strongly though,” he said.

“She went pretty well.

 Carrington also did well, he said.

“Al (Spokes), John Saunders and Jeremy Bartlett broke away about half way into the A Grade but then Jeremy had a blowout on a corner.

“He hit a piece of steel and it went off like a shotgun. 

“That put him out and the rest of the peloton caught them up.

“With two laps to go, Mitch and Al broke away and had it between them.”

The TCC continues its criteriums from 8am this Sunday.

TAMWORTH CYCLE CLUB CRITERIUMS: A/B Grade (30mins + 2laps): Mitch Carrington 1, Alan Spokes 2, John Saunders 3. C Grade (25mins +2laps): Trevor Jaeger (Gunnedah) 1, Josh Nash 2, Peter Nash 3.

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