In the first stage all the boys finished in the lead bunch of around 15 riders with Nathan getting 4th and Numa also placing. In the second stage it was very slow going from the bunch with no one in the bunch willing to work or attempt a breakaway. In a bunch sprint on a narrow road Numa miss judged the length to the finish and went from around 400 out, determination saw him get the win. The other boys finished outside the placing but within the bunch.
The next stage on Sunday morning was a 4.6 k time trail. All the boys were happy with their efforts as it resulted in them all being in the top ten except Alex who was sitting in 12th. The last stage was a 61 k road race on a very hilly/undulating course. A boy from Parramatta Cycling Club broke away in the first 10/15 ks. The bunch allowed the rider to build his lead up to around 3 minutes at one stage. Once the bunch realised that they needed to start chasing riders started to drop off. All the Coffs boys were still within the bunch pulling turns and looking comfortable.
With around 20 ks to go Nathan dropped off, up to this stage he had done a lot of work trying to pull the leader back, also the cold thin air did not help. At around 15ks to go Alex started to cramp and felt the effects of the chase. He gritted his teeth and sat on wheels to get to the end with the bunch. With the leader getting tired the gap fell to 1 minute, he was able to hold onto this to the end.
Numa won the bunch sprint for second place. Liam was also feeling the strain at the end and was happy to sit on the back of the bunch for the last few ks. Alex and Liam finished at the back of the bunch sprint. At the time of writing I did not have the final results however Numa, Liam & Alex would have finished in the top ten.
Alex’s weekend was topped off by receiving the under 17 encouragement award. Nathan, Liam & Numa are heading to Canberra for a junior tour in 3 weeks. Alex may contest the Qld junior road titles in 4 weeks. All the boys should be happy with their weekend. I know that they are very grateful to their parents for taking them across. Tamworth always put on a great weekend of racing.