Strong turnout for Criterium racing

VICTOR: Mick Sherwood won the main event in Sunday's Criterium racing at Westdale. Photo: Peter Hardin.

VICTOR: Mick Sherwood won the main event in Sunday's Criterium racing at Westdale. Photo: Peter Hardin.

MAKING A MOVE: Ash Smith followed by Mark Stewart in A grade of Sunday's Criterium racing. Smith came second, and Stewart third. Photo: Peter Hardin.

MAKING A MOVE: Ash Smith followed by Mark Stewart in A grade of Sunday's Criterium racing. Smith came second, and Stewart third. Photo: Peter Hardin.

A FIELD of 23 riders turned out for Criterium racing at Westdale on Sunday as a couple of visitors from Newcastle joined in.

First out were the C graders, with some of the junior riders showing everyone how to do it.

BEING STRATEGIC: Jack Pianta, Nathan Brogan, Mick Sherwood, Ash Smith and Warren Clark in action at Sunday's Criterium racing. Photo: Peter Hardin.

BEING STRATEGIC: Jack Pianta, Nathan Brogan, Mick Sherwood, Ash Smith and Warren Clark in action at Sunday's Criterium racing. Photo: Peter Hardin.

With a stack of breakaways during the race, Fletcher Partlin edged out Josh Nash in the sprint for first place while Zane Tapp came third.

Next up was B grade, with Gunnedah’s Trevor Jaeger taking first place from Luke O'Connor while there was a considerable distance between O’Connor and the third-placed Joe Kelly.

Mick Sherwood won A grade while Ash Smith was second, and third went to Mark Stewart who beat Warren Clark by the thickness of a tyre in a sprint finish.

The Tamworth Cycle Club president, Stewart, said numbers picked up from the previous week.

“It’s a fast-paced road event which is high intensity,” Stewart said, noting that “it does involve strategy” as competitors sought to spot other riders’ weaknesses.

Stewart nonetheless said: “It’s a social thing, and all in good spirits.”

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