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Coota !!!


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By Kors - Posted on 31 August 2012

Over the weekend of Saturday 25th August a group of NSCC riders took on the annual Cootamundra Classic handicap race 106km (Coota Classic) and Recovery Handicap Race.

After the riders did a warm up the racing started after midday on Saturday, this meant that the was plenty of time to leave Sydney around 7am to make it to Coota for the race.

While the weather was cold, NSCC riders looked cool on the start line for both races. NSCC was joined by riders from many clubs from Sydney and country NSW including Dubbo, St George, Central Coast, Wilson Racing, Sydney University, Wagga and others. Riders like Sue Forsyth had time to pose for a few photos with fellow riders before getting serious with some solid kms of riding at the Coota Classic. In particular NSCC riders Kor, Rich Makin, and Simon took off fast from the start line. Racing on Saturday was a mixed bag for NSCC. The winds on the course were deceptive and made for some tough riding going downhill even for the official NSCC photographer who wasn't racing. Some riders like Harrison Morgan had incredible success finishing 10th in the fast run up for the line in a bunch sprint that consisted of many much younger guns from the states best clubs. Other riders like Rich Makin had bad luck in the form of punctures only 20km into the race. After a long day of racing there was plenty of time to chat about the days racing and celebrate Harrison's success as NSCC took over the best pizza joint in all of Coota before retiring to a motor inn. Congratulations to the Jayco team who stunned the crowd by finishing only seconds ahead of a chasing A grade field.

The next day NSCC were up early for the annual Coota Recovery race held three laps of a course of roughly 25km. Commencing around 10am on the Sunday, the riders went through some of the best looking countryside seen at Coota for years thanks to a lot of recent rain in the area. Proving that Sue had form on the weekend, she came in with the lead bunch to cross the line in 11th place to receive the prize for first female. After the prize ceremony NSCC had time to chat about the days racing before making the dash home in cars and utes. Well done to the Coota Club for putting on a memorable weekend.

Start training now for next years Haycarters race at Coota in May 2013.

Get into open racing or just take up cycling photography, either way your club wants you to be involved.

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