Brad Scott is closing in on series leader Steve Fairless after winning Shepparton Cycling Club's lastest Lake Criterium race.MATTHEW GALEA December 10, 2013 4:10am
Brad Scott has turned up the heat on Steve Fairless after his A-grade win in the third race of Shepparton Cycling Club’s Lake Criterium series on Sunday.
Fairless is still yet to win a race, but his two second place finishes and third place on Sunday has kept him 12 points in front of Scott, who doubled his points tally with a big win on Sunday.
Scott’s sister and professional cyclist Carla Ryan did not end up riding as expected, but was present at the race to chat with riders and cheer Scott home.
Shepparton Cycling Club president Edward Dalle Nogare said numbers were down overall for the series’ third event, but was happy to see an increase in the number of juniors taking part in the race.
‘‘There was a good boost in juniors,’’ Dalle Nogare said.
‘‘We’ve put a lot of time into promoting junior cycling at our club and we’ve got a few more juniors on board.
‘‘We’ve been speaking to some of the junior riders and their parents and it looks like they might be back for the other races.’’
Shepparton’s Brent Evans won the B-grade race, closing the gap on overall first-placed Andrew Doyle from Cobram, who finished fifth, to 20 points.
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