Per­twee proves too strong for all

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT - Nick Cowie

THE weather forecast for the Ladies Tour at the Kwinana Mo­tor­plex was not good on Sun­day but the rain would stay away for ev­ery grade ex­cept Women’s A.

The tour was made up of three events: a pro­logue or short time trial over 3.2km; a road race of between 15 and 45km us­ing the same course; and a short five-minute cri­terium in the pits area.

The largest field of the day was D grade, with 15 rid­ers.

Natasha Per­twee was too strong and grad­u­ated from D grade, by win­ning the time trial.

She rode off the front of the bunch in the road race and caught C grade, which started 30 sec­onds ahead of D grade, and then won the cri­terium.

The mi­nor plac­ings were tightly con­tested, with Ju­lia Henry fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all by fin­ish­ing third in the cri­terium, one place ahead of Kirstie Rob­son, who was third over­all.

C grade saw Jennifer Sam­mons win over­all. Sam Bolton, who pro­moted her­self from D grade, was sec­ond in each event and close in the time trial, closer in the road race and pushed Sam­mons all the way in the cri­terium. Rose Sel­lar was third over­all. Kirsty Au­gust­son won B grade’s time trial and road race, with Ver­ity Keogh sec­ond in both to win over­all.

While it was sunny and dry for all the morn­ing races, in­clud­ing the A grade time trial, which was won by Natalie Britz, as soon as A grade was on the start line for the road race it started pour­ing with rain.

By the time the rain had cleared, rid­ers were spread around the course and Stefanie Van Amero­gen took the win.

The rain stayed away un­til A grade lined up for the cri­terium.

In dif­fi­cult con­di­tions Laura Hodges rode away and took the win. Britz won the sprint from the chase group for sec­ond and the over­all win, with Van Amero­gen sec­ond over­all and Kathryn Wool­ston third over­all. For full re­sults visit pdcc.asn.au.

Pictures: Nick Cowie

Left: Natasha Per­twee, win­ner of the over­all in D grade rode off the front in the road race. Right: James Der­rick sprints to vic­tory in the un­der-17 boys cri­terium and over­all. Bot­tom right: Natalie Britz sprints for sec­ond in the cri­terium and over­all...

The start of the D grade women’s road race, with even­tual win­ner Natasha Per­twee on the left.

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