More than 120 take to track

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Nick Cowie

Peel District Cycling Club had its largest-ever turnout for a Satur­day af­ter­noon race last week­end as more than 120 rid­ers took to the track at the Dog Hill course in Bal­divis.

While there were healthy num­bers in all other grades, E-grade, which is for in­ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers, had just two rid­ers on the course.

Michelle Baker rode away from Deb­o­rah Reid on the first lap of a 10km race and stayed away for three laps to the take the win.

In D-grade, four rid­ers broke away on the sec­ond lap. The four soon be­came three, with the group slowly in­creas­ing their lead.

Af­ter four laps, the break­away group had a strong lead, and in the sprint to the line it ,was Javier Vasquez in first, Natasha Per­twee sec­ond and Ash­ton Sime third.

Twenty-three rid­ers started in C-grade, with the pace fran­tic from the first lap.

Adrian Dahl started his sprint early and took the win, with James Porter sec­ond and Jay Lin­dorff third. B-grade was faster. With 42 rid­ers, ev­ery at­tack was chased down over the first five laps. On the sixth and fi­nal lap, four rid­ers broke away and a chase could not get or­gan­ised.

In the end, Shan­non Sime out­sprinted Ben Braith­waite to take the win.

In A-grade, five rid­ers made an early break, quickly fol­lowed by two rid­ers, who man­aged to bridge the gap to make it seven.

A cou­ple of laps later, two more rid­ers bridged the gap to make it nine, with the group es­tab­lish­ing a solid lead by the sev­enth and fi­nal lap. In the run to the line, there were only six rid­ers left.

Tyler Lin­dorf, who had re­cently re­turned from the na­tional un­der-19s cham­pi­onship and na­tional ju­nior world train­ing camp, took the vic­tory, with Thomas Perry sec­ond and Richard Schroth third. For full re­sults and de­tails of next week’s Pres­i­dent’s Cup, to be run at Ca­sua­r­ina, visit pdcc.asn. au.

Pic­ture: Nick Cowie

Tyler Lin­dorf sprints to vic­tory in A-grade.

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