Fast, close racing at M'bah
A QUALITY field, a good circuit and near-perfect conditions combined to produce some red-hot racing at the Murwillumbah Cycle Club Banana Festival Criterium on Sunday.
A field of 94 riders from as far afield as Victoria in the south and Brisbane to the north turned out for the event at Murwillumbah's Industry Central estate on Lundberg Drive.
According to club publicity officer Brett Boyd the standard was extremely strong, with the elite fields setting a blistering pace.
“The circuit at Industry Central is very fast, but also great for spectators because they can see everything that is going on,” Price said.
“With the elite fields racing for an hour plus two laps, the pace was very quick, with the riders averaging around 50km an hour.”
Within each race there were a couple of sprints (primes) with cash prizes for the winners of each.
The local club was well-represented in the lower grades, with several riders placing in the overall as well as claiming primes.
Club president Dave Costanzo showed that age is no barrier by picking up third in the Masters A, while Steven Johnson won the Masters B as well as picking up a prime, with clubmate Greg Williamson finishing third and Nicholas Booth claiming the other prime in the race.
The club is now preparing for its championships in September and the next criterium at Industry Central in October.