Kirsten Howard makes Bathurst Cycling Club A grade scratch podium

KIRSTEN Howard might have broken new ground at the Bathurst Cycling Club with her third place result in Saturday’s Cross Road A grade scratch race.

TOP THREE: Kirsten Howard (third), Charlie Gascoyne (winner) and Mark Windsor (second) filled the Bathurst Cycling Club's A grade podium on Saturday.

TOP THREE: Kirsten Howard (third), Charlie Gascoyne (winner) and Mark Windsor (second) filled the Bathurst Cycling Club's A grade podium on Saturday.

Howard’s podium finish has local officials searching through the record books to see whether she has become the first female rider to finish inside the top three of a Bathurst A grade scratch race.

Orange’s Charlie Gascoyne took the A grade victory ahead of Mark Windsor.

Gascoyne was joined by fellow Orange riders Simon Hickey and Harry Bryant in the race, and all were prominent early in the race. 

On the Caloola Climb a breakaway group of Gascoyne, Windsor, Howard and Steve Scott got clear from a pursuing duo of Stuart Renshaw and Stephen Dunstall.

After a series of attacks NSW Masters champion Gascoyne got clear to see off Windsor and Howard.

Scott has continued to improve as he claimed the fourth spot ahead of Dunstall.

In B grade the experienced former national champion Bruce Goddard just edged clear of Geoff Short in a close finish.

Jim Lavis picked up the final podium spot in front of Orange’s Drew Tuckwell. 

David Reece, Brian Draper, Rob Stephen and Graham Stait rounded out the top eight in front of another Orange rider, Tully Richards.

Lithgow's Glen Partridge defeated breakaway partners Rob Barlow and Nev Krahe in the C Grade race.

Luke Tuckwell was well in the mix for a victory but unfortunately suffered a puncture in the closing stages.

Greg Griffiths claimed the D grade race ahead of David Hyland.