Jay Callaghan competing in Round 4 of the Degani Cafe Criterions.
Jay Callaghan competing in Round 4 of the Degani Cafe Criterions. Chris Ison

Callaghan wins winter competition

JAY Callaghan took top honours over the weekend as overall winner of the Degani Winter Criterium Series.

Close competition for the Degani general classification jersey resulted in fast finishes in the series on Sunday.

The cat-and-mouse games for the finish line paid off with all leading riders maintaining their jerseys.

In the A-grade competition, Callaghan had an unbeatable lead on the Degani general classification, but nonetheless the field was determined to make racing hard.

Tony Mills, the winner of the Moore Eyes most aggressive classification, instigated an early surge in the speed, followed by Dylan Nankiville's moves to stretch the riders' legs to breaking point.

The trio of Nankiville, Mills and Callaghan were finally left, with the pace dropping as the riders watched each other in the final three laps.

Callaghan was placed for a favoured finish as the sprint played out on the final straight, taking the win over Nankiville.

Rising cycling star Taylah Jennings returned to the B-grade bunch, with many of the riders ready to test her out.

Jennings proved strong as she followed and responded to the flurry of attacks made by Paul Smith and Arch Davis. Finally, Jennings prevailed and dominated the sprint finish, taking the win.

Sandy McVey held his Degani Leaders Jersey through his second place finish while Arch Davis fought back in the points to take out the most aggressive classification.

Bailey Goltz secured a win in the C-grade race which saw him in a head-to-head battle with Sheridan Spark.

With one point giving Goltz the lead, it was necessary he had a result in the day's racing that bettered Spark's.

Joel Callaghan took the lead out, allowing Spark and Goltz to ride a one-on-one sprint and at the line, Goltz triumphed.

Goltz's strong and proactive style of racing also secured him the win in the Moore Eyes general classification.

The D-grade competitions has developed Rockhampton's younger riders with a standout ride by Brooke Tucker drawing a close third position behind Ronan Turley and the spring winner Ride Newell.

Newell maintained his jersey but Turley did not leave empty-handed either, taking out the Moore Eyes most aggressive rider classification.

Four riders from across the grades were selected for the Joncris Sentinal most improved rider award.

These riders have showed consistent progression in their racing throughout the season - Kevin Ronan, Ryan Castal, Sarah Casey and Liam Smith.

The Rockhampton Cycling Club's criteriums will return for a summer season later in the year.

All riders wishing to experience racing should contact the Rockhampton Cycling Club and talk about the best avenues towards criterium, road or track racing.



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