Close fin­ishes thrill spec­ta­tors

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Pa­trick Coutts

THE 2018 Pem­ber­ton Clas­sic cy­cling event was a thrill for com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors with many close fin­ishes across the grades in the week­end of rac­ing.

There was great rac­ing in ideal con­di­tions in all Ring Se­ries Cri­terium grades on Saturday with a num­ber of close fin­ishes.

This was per­haps best seen in the A grade men where a break­away group was caught with one lap to race and the result was a bunched finish with 30 rid­ers sprint­ing for the line.

Four rid­ers crossed within half a sec­ond of each other and an­other three within the next half a sec­ond.

The race was won by 2017 Na­tional Road Se­ries in­di­vid­ual rider Michael Freiberg, fol­lowed by Tyler Lin­dorff, Craig Wig­gins and then State Cri­terium Cham­pion Stephen Hall.

Re­becca Mackey, a reg­u­lar win­ner in Pem­ber­ton, won the A grade women.

The Road Race held on Sun­day morn­ing saw rid­ers hav­ing to con­tend with strong side winds on Chan­ny­bearup Road.

As such, rid­ers who had bro­ken away to lead through the first lap tended to tire and were caught dur­ing the sec­ond lap.

Again, there were a num­ber of grades with close fin­ishes.

All the men’s grades – A, B, C and D along with B grade women – all had close sprints to the line.

None of the events was closer from a time per­spec­tive than B grade men with 8/1000th of a sec­ond sep­a­rat­ing the first and sec­ond placeget­ters.

For the lo­cals rid­ing, Gra­ham Blin­cow fin­ished mid field in the D grade.

Gemma Brown was fifth in the C grade women.

Dale Blin­cow was sev­enth in a big B grade field that was won on the line by Ed­die Hol­lands.

Jor­dan Sch­midt was 14th in a big A grade field af­ter be­ing in the early break­away.

Tim Sel­lar won A grade, just stay­ing ahead of a fast-fin­ish­ing Freiberg, with Wig­gins third.

Mackey was one of the few rid­ers to break­away and stay away to win the A grade women.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee thanked the spon­sors who con­trib­uted to the prize pool and the 44 vol­un­teers who gave of their time to help over the week­end.

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