Kelly gangs up on mountain bike rivals



CENTRAL Coast rider Brad Kelly announced to all in the downhill racing world that after a long absence he's well and truly back. In a sport where only fractions of seconds seperate the winners from the also rans, Kelly won yesterday's third round of the state downhill series by a massive five seconds. Completing the 3.8km course in 3:37, it would be nice to say that fellow competitors ate his dust but after the downpour on Saturday that washed out the afternoon practice session, there was hardly any dust left on the track. That wasn't such a bad thing according to Coffs Harbour Cycling Club's Garth 'Dozer'Roberts. "As much of a disaster as Saturday was, the fine conditions overnight and today were good for the track," he said. "It actually compacted the track down a bit and made it super grippy for everyone to ride on. The first aid guys were busy with the obvious cuts, bruises and broken bones but the track was very good." Local hope Josh Button-Janco unfortunately was one of those with a broken bone, meaning he didn't get to have his crack at a slick time yesterday after fracturing his collarbone during practice. That left the under 19s category wide open and it was Hamish Armstrong who collected the prize, narrowly edging out James McMillan and Tom Patton.



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