RIDING SOLO: Ian Lavery leads the D-grade pack at the criterium. PHOTO: JoJo Newby
RIDING SOLO: Ian Lavery leads the D-grade pack at the criterium. PHOTO: JoJo Newby

Big race pain keenly felt Jaca Criterium

GRAFTON Cycle Club's Dion Wilkes is still feeling the burn from last week's Grafton to Inverell.

Wilkes finished fifth in Saturday's Jacaranda Criterium behind Byron Bay's Reuben Donati, but the pain from the 228km classic was still taking its toll. "I think I'm still in recovery from the G2I," Wilkes said.

"It's hard to read after such a big race. You'll either turn up jumping out of your skin or you'll be flat as a tack. I was the latter."

Wilkes finished fifth in the A-grade event, with Yamba's Aaron Watts finishing fourth.

"I'm pretty certain Matt White was similar," Wilkes said.

"Being so soon after such a big race, a lot depends on your recovery. Reuben got back from Europe about two weeks ago and got payback on last year. He won easily by half a loop."



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