Country titles success after Coffs Coast hosts cycling event
FOR the third year running Coffs Harbour has successfully hosted the NSW State Country Track Cycling championships.
The event was held in conjunction with the Bellbowrie Skoda Track Carnival with entries up 10% on 2011 figures.
"This proves the sport is growing and the Coffs carnival is becoming a reputable event on the Cycling NSW calendar," club spokesman Richard Berends said.
"Thanks to the efforts of the cycling club a high standard of competition was on display at the event.
"Almost 300 people travelled to Coffs Harbour from all around country NSW."
The prestigious Errol Ellis Wheel Race was won in a courageous effort by 17-year-old Zak Sunderland from Inverell.
His speed was unmatched while holding off the chasing group in a performance that saw him secure a hefty purse of $500.
The host club's Masters 3 contestant Matthew Vagg chased down an early solo break in the 12-lap scratch race, and with two laps to go, powered away to take a classy solo win in front of a home crowd.
Carsten Chapman from the Hunter attacked from the gun in the under-19 12-lap scratch race to open a 250m gap within three laps but local talent Nathan Hardaker made a daring chase that brought him within 20m of taking the prize.
Other silver medals went to Anton Lupinski, Zoe McDonald, Alex Swadling, Dave Leckenby and Alistair Lane while bronze was collected by Tia Hall and Shaun Cameron.
Another major winner was Gary Collard with a gold medal in Masters 4.
The focus now turns to criterium racing on Monday nights and club track racing on Saturday nights at Toormina Velodrome.
Both events are attracting riders from Port Macquarie and Grafton to add to the quality of racing on offer.