Sprint test for cyclists

OVER recent weeks, Wellington Cycling Club riders have been subjected to a sprint fest, with racing over at Newry providing a challenge to everybody’s legs.

With race organisers deciding to add intermediate sprints every second lap, there was a sprint approximately every 15 minutes.

Lots of new faces have been racing with the club including riders from the RAAF, and visiting riders from other clubs, with many achieving a podium finish.

Notable efforts have been the returns of Alf Gravina and Jackie Parsons, who both recorded strong results with the handicappers now keeping a close eye on Gravina.

Kristy Glover enjoyed her national championship experience at Buninyong and Ballarat in January and her continued improvement has been noticed by the A grade bunch.

Local riders then ventured to Fernback on February 24 for the annual Sale versus Bairnsdale Presidents Cup with great results for Wellington riders, winning all three grades.

The next race on Sunday, a 20 kilometre time trial starts at 10am at the Newry Recreation Reserve. This event will sort out the “contenders from the pretenders”.

Considered to be the “race of truth”, each rider races against the clock and cannot rely on smart tactics to win the event.

Time trials are a great way for riders to see how they are going in relation to the competition.