Brendon Cole, right, is congratulated by cycling officials after his stunning victory in the Jacaranda Cycling Criterium at Gra
Brendon Cole, right, is congratulated by cycling officials after his stunning victory in the Jacaranda Cycling Criterium at Gra

Brendan has all the right criteria

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au LISMORE cyclist Brendan Cole showed his potential with a stunning victory in the Jacaranda Cycling Criterium at Grafton on Saturday.

Brendan, who recently contested the Australian track titles, showed he is equally adept on the road to win the open men's A-grade division.

After trying to split the pack early in the race by scorching up to 50km/h in the straights, the 16-year-old then bided his time before launching a blistering attack in the final stages.

With three laps to go he broke off the front but was eventually caught by two other riders.

However, on the last lap Brendan peeled off again and this time put in a 30-metre break that was never seriously dented by the rest of the field.

The Jacaranda Criterium, which has been running for 15 years, had more than 80 riders contesting three senior divisions.

It was also the first of a series of summer criteriums in Northern NSW that will tally a pointscore.

Other criteriums will be held at Armidale, Inverell, Port Macquarie, Ballina and Byron Bay.

In a separate series, Brendan, a Trinity Catholic College student, will contest the Summer of Cycling Rainbow Criterium and Rainbow Ride this weekend at Byron Bay.

The criterium will be held on Saturday while the road race will be staged from Byron over the Burringbar Range eventually finishing at Currumbin.

It just shows Brendan's versatility in track, road and criterium racing.

"At the moment he likes doing a bit of everything," Brendan's father, David Cole, said.

"He's done well in road races, time trials and track racing.

"He hasn't got any real favourites." Brendan will be pretty much racing every weekend up until March.



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