Intriguing event big success

IT was a big weekend for the Grafton Cycle Club with plenty of action and participation locally and away.

A big field of 34 riders across four grades contested the popular Coutts Crossing points race.

The points race format is a little different to the club’s regular point-to-point events.

Instead of the race being decided entirely on the first finishers across the line at the end of the race, points are awarded for finishing in order at intermediate stages of the race. In this case, there are points awarded for order across the finish line on each lap of the 10km course.

To take the advantage away from the pure “flatland” sprinters, equal points are awarded at the top of the highest climb on the course.

The winner is the rider with the most points accumulated after the finish line is crossed for the last time.

The points race event runs at a very different tempo to a conventional road race, with plenty of lively action each lap. There is no option for a relaxed few laps and final sprint and riders almost universally enjoy the battle. Eight riders ducked out the A grade race.

In a reverse of the last points race, Dion Wilkes got up over Jai Reardon, 32 points to 22.

The ever-competitive Matt White came a close third, followed by Eddie McLane, Erron Hennessy, Garry Reardon and Adam Sydenham.

In a very healthy B grade field of 11 riders, Paul O’Conner took the honours, with feisty junior Lockie Oberg second and Greg Allen third. John Harrison took out C grade from strong junior Brady Ingram and T. Nobble. D grade was also well contested with Michael Harding triumphing on 21 points.

Next best was Stuart McPherson in a close 15 points to 14 win over another fast improving younger rider Lockie O’Reilly.

In away events, Mackenzie Monkhouse had strong performances at the Wagga Wagga Junior Tour.

A good place in the time trial and strong (provisional) mid-field finish got the young GCC member off to a solid start and a promise of things to come as the junior road season unfolds.

In mountain bike action, Sue Webber and Trevor Creighton both had wins in their Super-Masters (50+) categories at Sunday’s Kempsey round of the Mid North Coast mtb series.

They each now share their category lead in the series.

The next round of the series will be in Grafton at Bom Bom State Forest.



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