Lee claims dirt crit series victory

JONATHAN Lee has claimed the Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club’s term 4 2013 dirt crit series. 

Lee claimed the title on Friday night, with a thrilling sprint for the finish line to win the final race of the series. 

Club spokesman Russell Cairns said a new handicapping system had worked perfectly. 

“We had the first three riders coming in pretty much together and the rest of the field finishing not too far behind,” he said. 

“Steve Smith came in second on Friday night and Jeremy Sagnol was third.

“It’s all worked well. We are always looking at different ways to change things around a bit.” 

Cairns said Friday night’s finale was a reverse handicap race, with laps completed during the series taken to create a handicap for each rider. 

“We trialled our new track which will be used for the TP180 endurance race in January, so it was a race that anyone could win,” he said. 

“They just had to go out and try and bust their handicap.

“It was a really interesting race.

“Jonathan won the series with his ride on Friday night,” Cairns said.

He said 60 riders took part in the popular series, with the next series to kick off on February 15. 

The club’s next event, the TP180 on January 18, is a three-hour endurance event for individuals or teams. Cairns said riders from “all over” were expected. 

“Last year it was won by someone from Ballarat and we had riders from Geelong, Melbourne and Mount Gambier,” he said. 

“It’s a popular event so we are expecting a similar turnout again.” 

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