Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Trenayr Finish a Scramble; Downhill End for Circuit Spices Up Format for Christmas Crown

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Trenayr Finish a Scramble; Downhill End for Circuit Spices Up Format for Christmas Crown

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IT'S almost that time of year when the big fella in red squeezes down the chimney with shiny new bikes for the kids and dad slips in a few extra parts under the tree for himself that "Santa must have brought", while mum shakes her head in disbelief, pondering why on earth you need another pair of bike shorts.

Grafton cycling has been full steam ahead on the road this week, with war cries from the club coach barking the next morning's schedules (via SMS). There were many hurting by the time coffee time rolled around on Friday.

Yet another chook race was called off when the heavens opened up last Thursday. Since writing this column I think all bar one chook race has been called off, so I'm now the jinx.

A revised sprinters' downhill finish was implemented for this week's racing at the Trenayr circuit, aimed to shake things up a bit, and the powers that be got their wish.

Racing was fast, with 16 hopefuls vying for the Christmas King's Crown. Again seven-and-a-half minutes was the spilt with solo riders Dave, Rhonda and Andrew starting off, and another group leaving shortly after, with all eyes on big John Harrison as he donned his wife's pink wheels. Maybe this was an attempt to gain some of the pink spotlight from "Barbie" Bartlett, who was a noticeable no-show.

Eight riders set off scratch attempting to catch all in front. These eight riders would ride well together taking turns on the front, with many questioning whether team orders would be in play for Team Mojo with the powerhouse of Jye Reardon and the evergreen Paul O'Connor working well as a tandem act. But it would be Jye Reardon with the biggest smile of the day as he out-sprinted Dion Wilks, who was bridesmaid for a second consecutive week. Mojo team manager Paul O'Connor no doubt took his percentage of the win.

Cruising down-river to "The 11 Cog", who slept in last week, or the dog ate his homework. …

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