Brodie Talbot and Ben Wallis were the race winners at the Nowra Velo Club’s criterium races on the Albatross Aviation Tech Park on Sunday.
Talbot travelled down from Wollongong through rain and wind for the race to find the Tech Park circuit was dry although the cold wind persisted.
With a race over 30 minutes plus an extra two laps of the 800-metre circuit, there were attacking opportunities where both Scott James and Brooklyn Henry were active in opening gaps on the field.
However, racing into a strong head wind up the finish straight, they were soon back in the chase bunch.
With 10 minutes remaining Talbot increased the pressure and the field split.
Then with just five minutes to go he jumped clear and raced to a solo win.
Aaron Coghlan and Nathan Crump chased to the end.
Coghlan finished second ahead of Crump with Brooklyn Henry another 50 metres behind.
Gavin Nethery was next over the line ahead of Josh Henry, Stephanie Lord and Scott James.
Light rain greeted the shivering division two riders as they lined up for their event where they were eager to get going.
With a damp road surface these riders were cautious through the early corners but were soon on the charge and cornering with confidence.
Wallis, Michael Thompson and Colin Hunt were the aggressors but there were still seven riders together at the bell lap.
Wallis was charging from the front and Hunt was matching him through those final corners.
Hunt made it into the finish straight first but Wallis ran him down over the last 100 metres to take his fourth successive local win.
Brad Oaten sprinted into third position ahead of Anthony Field (Goulburn CC), Thompson, Gary Bryce, Bill Stahlhut and Jose Pereira.
Graded criterium racing continues next Sunday morning on the Tech Park where the Access Storage team are the rostered traffic controllers.
New members are always welcome at Nowra Velo Club and regular events are run that cater for most riders.