Calow claims Craggy Ridge crown

LAUNCESTON cyclist Sam Calow put in a strong ride to take out the 2014 Craggy Ridge Challenge raced on the West Tamar yesterday.

Launceston's Sam Calow raises his arms in victory after winning yesterday's Craggy Ridge Challenge.

Launceston's Sam Calow raises his arms in victory after winning yesterday's Craggy Ridge Challenge.

About 70 cyclists contested the A-F graded handicap event which is in its fifth year.

Cyclists completed four laps of a circuit around the Rosevears loop and Bradys Lookout totalling 73 kilometres and finishing at Grindelwald Village.

Calow was part of the C-grade bunch which proved too good on the day and resisted the efforts of the B- and A-grade backmarkers to catch them.

Calow crossed the finish line first ahead of Devonport's Jake Oliver with Burnie's Jake Bergman third, finishing about two minutes ahead of the A- and B-grade bunch.

National road series Team Polygon riders Oliver Martin and Gerald Evans and 2011 winner Ben Mather were part of the A-grade chasing group but were unable to reel in the frontmarkers.

In the women's event, Launceston veteran Kathryn Woolston upstaged junior world champions in Devonport's Macey Stewart and Launceston's Lauren Perry.

The 44-year-old Woolston was a top-10 national rider before taking time off from the sport to have a family.

``It was a great spectacle and we had a good crowd around Bradys Lookout and Grindelwald making it a very successful circuit race,'' race promoter Collin Burns said.

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