GEAR UP: The Ipswich Criterium will take over the top of town from 11am today.
GEAR UP: The Ipswich Criterium will take over the top of town from 11am today. Rob Williams

Criterium to have races within races

THREE fast-paced races will take over the streets of Ipswich this weekend.

Brisbane St and Darling St (East) will go into lockdown from 11am tomorrow for the third Ipswich Criterium.

Individual pursuit world champion Jordan Kerby will lead the field in the men's elite class, with plenty of talent across the men's masters and women's events.

Ipswich Cycling Club coach Tom Collier said spectators would have a great opportunity to get up close to the action.

"It is a fantastic course in the fact that it is nice and close and you get to see the riders go around multiple times,” he said. "Unlike the Tour de France where you only see them for a split second.

"It's a really technical course so positioning is really important. Street courses are really good because you need to have a lot of technical skill and the final few laps are really important.”

As owner and manager of the Mainline Allencon Procella Cycling squad, Collier said there will be a number of local competitors in all three events today.

Ipswich Cycling Club members Joshua Beikoff and young Haddon Kilmartin line up in the elite division, with Damien Peall and Kenneth Woods in the master and Rebecca Ungermann in the women's.

"We're about the development of young riders,” Collier said. "Haddo has been doing really well lately and along with him we have a couple of guys from Toowoomba in Daniel Luke and Tom Gough.

"Rebecca is the only Ipswich person in the women's race and she'll be up against one of the favourites in Amy Schramm who just made a podium recently.”

Adding to the action of the criterium course, there will be intermediate sprint races throughout the course called a 'prime'. The prime is signalled by the race referee with prize money up for grabs.

"It's usually done through the middle but it depends how many you have,” Collier explained. "Tactics really comes into it because some riders will choose not to contest a prime.

"You might have a rider who site in the middle and attacks during the lull afterwards. It can be a good opportunity to seize the moment.”

Racing begins from noon tomorrow.



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