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Chadwick sets pace

Jay Callaghan speeds his way around the track.
Jay Callaghan speeds his way around the track. John Casey - Casey Imaging

FORMER Olympian Glenn Chadwick was the one to beat at Rockhampton's first ever Inaugural Parkhurst Criterium run.

The Rockhampton Cycling Club's first of five events featured some of the hottest racing this summer.

In the Sunday morning event Chadwick blitzed the circuit finishing with a winning speed of 36 km/h.

"I haven't raced in over a month and a half, the intensity was definitely difficult to keep up," Chadwick said.

The level of competition surprised Chadwick with Cameron Jennings being his biggest competitor.

"The younger guys were quite aggressive towards the start, with most managing to keep a steady pace throughout," Chadwick said.

"The windy conditions on the back straight made it tough, but with three laps to go I managed to get away to the finish."

Chadwick said organisers did a great job with the circuit being in a good location with minimal traffic.

"It was a really good Sunday morning, Jay did a great job setting up and organising it all," he said.

Event Organiser Jay Callaghan said the event was a great success following the Rockhampton Cup.

"It was really good considering Rocky has not held a street race in over a decade, it truly capped off our cycling season," Callaghan said.

The daily event was divided into four divisions (A-D); with A being the more experienced riders.

"Nigel Johnston is new to the sport however he took out the D grade title, whilst Connor McGrath won the C grade division and Dylan Nankivell from Gladstone won the B grade," Callaghan said.

"We had over 40 competitors, with hope of capturing more both new and old for our next crit."

The first race began at eight on Sunday morning around a closed 800m circuit.

"The races were held out at Parkhurst with the C and D division racers lapping for 40 minutes and A and B division racers lapping for 50 minutes," Callaghan said.

"Competitors came from Rockhampton and Gladstone to compete in the club events."

Callaghan said it was great to see such good spectatorship, supporting the fast racing event.

"It was good to see a lot of the families and people who came to watch and support the competitors," he said.

The Rockhampton Cycling Club prided the event on safety, which appeared evident throughout the races.

The next racing crit is set to be held at Parkhurst on January 8.

"We plan to build our riding base and encourage all new riders," Callaghan said.

Topics:  cycling