Cycling: Sam Spokes wins final Tamworth Cycling Club criterium for the year

Out in front: Sam Spokes leads from Mick Sherwood, Warren Clark, Darren Traill, Simon Heppell, Mark Jefferies, Luke Deasey and Mark Stewart.

Out in front: Sam Spokes leads from Mick Sherwood, Warren Clark, Darren Traill, Simon Heppell, Mark Jefferies, Luke Deasey and Mark Stewart.

Sam Spokes outrode his rivals when the Tamworth Cycle Club staged its last criterium for the season on Sunday.

On the trail: Darren Traill does his turn out in front ahead of Luke Deasey, Simon Heppell, Mark Jefferies, Warren Clark and Mick Sherwood.

On the trail: Darren Traill does his turn out in front ahead of Luke Deasey, Simon Heppell, Mark Jefferies, Warren Clark and Mick Sherwood.

Setting the pace: Malcolm Nash leads Nick Reid, Darren Taylor, Peter Nash and Min McDonald during Sunday's final C grade race of the year.

Setting the pace: Malcolm Nash leads Nick Reid, Darren Taylor, Peter Nash and Min McDonald during Sunday's final C grade race of the year.

The former president crossed the line ahead of Mick Sherwood in what was a tough A grade race with plenty of surging. After starting the season in B grade, a rapidly improving Luke Deasey was third riding his fathers bike. 

Simon Heppell also made his first appearance in A grade after blitzing B grade last week. Taking a leaf out of Heppell’s book, Rob Wright timed his run perfectly to take the honours.

Averaging speeds of 40.1km/h around the Goddard Street circuit, there was little interest in any attempts to split the field, until with a lap to go Wright managed to put a gap on the field. He held on for a 30m win over Gunnedah’s Rob Carlyon with Dave Menzies hard on his wheel in third.

Peter Nash won a close sprint finish in C grade from a fast-finishing Min McDonald. Nick Reid was only millimetres behind in third after making it tough for the group and working hard to keep them honest.

B-grade: Luke O'Connor, Dave Menzies, Joe Kelly

B-grade: Luke O'Connor, Dave Menzies, Joe Kelly

Darren Taylor, Rob Wright, Rob Carlyon, Joe Kelly, Luke O'Connor, Dave Menzies

Darren Taylor, Rob Wright, Rob Carlyon, Joe Kelly, Luke O'Connor, Dave Menzies

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