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BBCC’s finest went head-to-head in the final race of the 2023 season at the Cavanbah Centre track. Photo supplied

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The Byron Bay Cycling Club (BBCC) wrapped up its competitive racing calendar for 2023 with a twilight criterium at the Cavanbah Centre on Sunday November 19.

Elijah Punch finished on top of the podium followed by Rohan Fox and Louis Ryan.

The veteran race was all class with Phill Finnimore flying the flag. A true legend of the club for 2023, his riding always inspiring other club members.

The biggest field by far was in C grade. Irvine Evans decided Sunday was his day – winning his triathlon in Yamba in the morning and then crossing the Cavanbah’s finish line first in the afternoon.

The ‘evergreen’ Rob Crossley came in second making strong use of his racecraft, while 14-year-old Ethan Fitzsimmons claimed the last spot on the podium.

A and B grades combined for a graded handicap. B generously giving the trio in A grade only one lap to get into the mix for the finale. That they did, close to two-thirds through, but there was a new rider in B, Lian Aucamp from Alstonville, who was not intimidated by the capture. Following an early long dash for the line by Dave Phillips, he outsprinted Matt Jones in second, while Tim Wall following closely for third. 

Rachel Pearson was always in the front of the bunch and was the first female home.

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