Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hardaker Edges Jahnz by a Tyre

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hardaker Edges Jahnz by a Tyre

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THE Kierin Challenge was the feature event on the Coffs Harbour Cycle Club's weekly track racing last Saturday evening at the Toormina Velodrome.

There were a number of heats with those who placed going through to the final.

The Kierin race is a six lap motor-paced sprint race. The pacer controls the tempo of the race gradually picking up the pace and with 600 metres to go the bike comes off and the riders sprint for the line.

When the bike left the track in the final, Grant Howard initially stepped up the pace with Chris Jahnz getting to the front with one lap to go.

In the sprint to the line Nathan Hardaker edged out Jahnz by a tyre and Peter McLennan was half a length back in third. Alex Beedie finished in fourth place.

The 15 lap closing scratch race saw Chris Jahnz set an early fast pace with a pack of five riders breaking from the field and in the final sprint Jahnz was too strong for Peter McLennan and Nathan Hardaker.

In the Division 2 scratch race Emma Richardson rode strongly to record a strong win with Siobian McCosker and Troy Hardaker filling the minor places.

In the Junior division numbers were down but some close finishers were recorded with Alissa Seward winning three and Zoe McDonald one race.

In the Italian Pursuit the team lead out by Zoe McDonald and anchored by Chris Jahnz recorded a narrow win over the team anchored by Alex Beedie.

Racing next Saturday evening starts at 5pm with a full program of races for all grades and divisions.

Club training is held every Tuesday afternoon and any person from six to 60 who would like to learn about track racing can come along and try out. Juniors from 4.30 pm, seniors from 6pm.

Big fields in criterium racing

ONE of the biggest fields contested the weekly criterium racing on Monday at the cycling complex.

In the kids event, Mathew Swanborough was first with Zoe McDonald second and Oliver Robb third after spending time on the deck.

In D grade, Emma Richardson finished ahead of Caleb Fletcher and Josh Leckenby. Both Caleb and Josh are juniors racing against seniors so it was an awesome result. …

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