Velo club members win Sassafras challenge

ALL SMILES: Nowra Velo Club women’s masters team finished sixth.

ALL SMILES: Nowra Velo Club women’s masters team finished sixth.

THE NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships and the Sassafras Challenge team time trial and road races were popular events held on the Braidwood Road last weekend.

These events were a joint promotion, with Elite Energy Events and Cycling NSW hosting the program over two days.

Record entries were received in all team events.

Optus Nowra Velo Club’s Henry Wakeford, Michael Crutch and Greg Molony teamed up with local triathlete Josh Henry and rode to a win in the non-championship event, the Sassafras TT challenge over 37 kilometres in a time of 57 minutes and 45 seconds.

ON HIS WAY: Nowra Velo Club’s Henry Wakeford competes as a team rider in the Sassafras Challenge Team Time Trials last weekend.

ON HIS WAY: Nowra Velo Club’s Henry Wakeford competes as a team rider in the Sassafras Challenge Team Time Trials last weekend.

This event attracted a field of 10 teams.

The women’s masters championship event had 18 teams on the start list and the Optus Nowra Velo team of Melanie Kilby, Michelle Harris, Kim Waters and Kate Darke rode into a creditable sixth place in 63 minutes and 39 seconds.

The Optus Nowra Velo Club’s southern team with Peter Kastelein, Dion Carter, Tim Devlin and Scott Barrett rode the distance in the men’s masters championship in 59 minutes and 55 seconds.

FLY HOME: Scott Barrett leads the Nowra Velo Club southern team over the finish line in the Cycling NSW Club Team Time Trials last weekend.

FLY HOME: Scott Barrett leads the Nowra Velo Club southern team over the finish line in the Cycling NSW Club Team Time Trials last weekend.

The club’s northern team had some difficulties on the outward journey but flew home in 65 minutes and 32 seconds.

Brendon Miller, Frank Neri, Lawrence Schinella and Mark Bagnall made up this team.

The second day of racing featured the Sassafrass Cycle Classic road races for elite riders over 90 kilometres and masters riders over 70 kilometres.

Rob Pickard finished fifth in the masters event with Aaron Lauder placing 12th. Other NVC finishers in the masters race were Mick Crutch (29th) and Kate Darke (66th).

Mitch Cunningham had his first taste of state open racing in the elite event and crossed the finish line in 22nd position after a hard day in the saddle.

Next Sunday the Optus Nowra Velo Club continues with a busy schedule with the Macarthur Interclub at Oakdale on Saturday afternoon and the Jones Memorial Road Race at Braidwood Road on Sunday morning.

The Bomaderry Vet Hospital/Coffeeliscious team will be the rostered officials for this event which will start in Wugan Street at 9am.

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