The region's best ready to race

Last year's Autumn Festival criterium.
Last year's Autumn Festival criterium.

The Autumn Festival is back this weekend and Armidale Cycling Club’s annual criterium is predicted to once again be one of the highlights of the event. 

The region’s speedsters will race around the Armidale CBD, which will be shut off from traffic on Sunday. 

Junior division and four grades will contest the closed circuit and the club’s publicity officer Rob Hale encouraged the community to come out and watch some of the area’s best cyclists fight it out. 

"It is just a great opportunity for Armidale to showcase local riders and they get to compete in front of a home crowd,” he said. 

"It is nice for riders from outside the region to come and race on closed roads which you don't always get to do very often.

"Because we tie it in with the Autumn Festival, if the weather is good, it means people can join in on the fun on the weekend and see what Armidale has to offer.” 

With showers forecast for the weekend Hale said the club “are all a bit nervous about it at the moment.”

The junior race is the first to leave the start line on Dangar Street at 8.30am followed by the lower grades with the A grade race commencing at 11.25am.