Peel cri­terium comes to Rockingham

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

THE Peel Dis­trict Cy­cling Club held its cri­terium cham­pi­onship on Sun­day at Smeaton Way in Rockingham.

Chris Rouse out­sprinted Heather Con­nan to win E-grade, with Clint Hort third.

D-grade saw un­der-13 rider Ash­ton Sime step up a level, and while he held on to the bunch, his ju­nior gear­ing meant he did not have the top speed of the older rid­ers in the sprint.

The sprint was won by Matt Colum, with Colin Day sec­ond and Ni­cholas Con­nan third.

Un­der-15 rider Matthew Con­nan faced a sim­i­lar chal­lenge in C-grade, rac­ing on ju­nior gear­ing against older rid­ers.

Con­nan knew he had to get in a break­away to win.

Luke Colum knew he could win in a sprint and chased down ev­ery at­tack Con­nan made and they were ev­ery lap or two.

In the end, it came down to a bunch sprint, with Colum vic­to­ri­ous, Callum Hunter sec­ond and Con­nan was pipped for third by Ron McArthur, a rider 50 years his se­nior.

As rid­ers get older, the ju­nior gear­ing is less re­stric­tive, though in the higher grades, the sprints get faster.

In B-grade, it was the un­der-17 rid­ers at­tack­ing and the older rid­ers chas­ing.

With just over a lap to go, un­der-7 rider Oliver Bled­dyn got clear and held off the bunch to take the win, from Lawrence Con­si­dine sec­ond and Do­minic Da Silva third.

Three mem­bers of the Ar­bi­trage Rac­ing team, Luke Pledger, Conor Leahy and Wade Long­worth took on four other rid­ers in A-grade.

Rac­ing as a team, one of the three would at­tack, then the other four would chase, the group would be back to­gether and another Ar­bi­trage rider would coun­ter­at­tack.

The con­stant at­tack­ing and chas­ing was tir­ing for the rid­ers.

With two laps to go, Pledger got a small gap, no­body took up the chase, so Leahy bridged across to him and the pair rode away from the group.

With Leahy tak­ing the vic­tory from Pledger, Long­worth at­tacked out of the group on the fi­nal lap to take third and make it an Ar­bi­trage clean sweep.

A num­ber of Peel mem­bers also took up the chal­lenge of the Delir­ium 24hour race in Bus­sel­ton.

The win­ning team was the Avanti+ Uberquads, who rode 949km in 24 hours. Nick Cowie

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