Aaron Coghlan was in good form at the Nowra Velo Club criteriums on the Albatross Aviation Tech Park circuit on Sunday as he raced solo over the last two laps for the win.
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With just three laps remaining Coghlan was one of the lead trio along with Brooklyn Henry and Ben Rolfe when his attacking actions through the corners had him racing away alone.
Henry chased all the way to the line for second position with a five second lead over Rolfe.
A stiff southerly wind blew along the finish straight in this race of over 30 minutes around the 800 metre circuit. The racing was away to a steady start for five minutes when Jade Colligan and Ben Wallis opened a gap on the field.
This triggered the action for the remainder of the event. As this pair were reeled in, Henry went on the attack. Everybody chased and an action packed race was under way.
By halfway the field had split and the lead group contained Coghlan, Henry, Rolfe, Mick Berriman, Richard Vitiello and Scott James.
Jason Spence was chasing back after a mechanical issue, with the next chase group containing Tim Devlin, Ben Wallis, Stephanie Lord and Curtis Trkulja.
James dropped back to the chasing Spence and under continual pressure at the front both Vitiello and Berriman dropped out of the lead group in the closing minutes.
Vitiello kept at it and finished fourth ahead of Berriman, James and Spence with Wallis, Lord and Devlin finishing at intervals.
While Wallis had a grade elevation to get a taste of harder racing, Josh Henry revelled in a grade reduction and raced away to a solo win in the division two race over the same 30-minute plus two extra laps format.
Henry was away off the front early in the event but a combined effort had him back in the bunch before ten minutes had elapsed.
The wind, the distance and the time were taking a toll on this field and Henry charged away again at halfway. This time he remained in the lead all the way to the line and a 400 metre clear margin on the riders chasing the minor placings.
Gary Bryce, Dean Jackson, Bill Stahlhut and Brad Oaten were together into the bell lap however Oaten was a lap behind the others.
Jackson bolted away before the final corner while Stahlhut punctured and crashed at the same time. Bryce and Oaten avoided the fall and went on to finish.
Stahlhut had some abrasions but was back up and rolling over the line on a flat rear wheel.
Other finishers were Amelia Trkulja and Scott Martin.
Only five riders lined up in division three and three remained together to the finish.
These riders raced over the full time and distance and into the final head wind slog up the finish straight, Jo Chalain and Jose Pereira battled side by side to the line where Chalain had the advantage by half a length. Bruce Jenkins finished third with Sara Armstrong and Ashley Johns were the other riders in this event.
Next Sunday features the final round of the 2018 Optus Series which will be a 42-kilometre handicap race on the Braidwood Road short course.
This event will start from Wugan Street in the Albatross Aviation Tech Park at 8.30 am with the Hanlon Windows team as the rostered race officials and traffic controllers.
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