SPORT 44 www.communitynews.com.au June 12, 2019 Tough day out at Serpentine Regional events make cut Nick Cowie THE Peel District Cycling Club race day was held at Serpentine on Saturday. While the race started with the sun shining, it was not long before the forecast rain hit, which together with strong winds made conditions difficult. With a smaller than usual field, A grade did not risk letting a breakaway go; riders would attack, get a small gap but were quickly brought back. In the bunch sprint it was Oliver Bleddyn first, James Derrick second and Adrian Pahl third. With a slightly larger field in B grade, a breakaway would form and the bunch would slowly reel them in. Rounding the final corner, it looked like the tworider breakaway might hold but some strong riding in the crosswinds saw the break caught with 50m to go and Simon Winston won the sprint, with Aidan Rossandich second and Shannon Sime third. The first couple of laps of C grade were so fast it looked like they might catch B grade, which started two minutes ahead of them. It was a race of attrition as riders disappeared MANDURAH has received funding for a number of events through the 2019-2020 Regional Events Scheme. The events include the King of the Cut, the 47th Australian National Taser Championships and the 2019 Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association OC1/OC2 V1 National Titles. Mandurah MLA David Templeman said regional events were important because they delivered many social, cultural and economic benefits to the community while showcasing the region to visitors. He said the scheme supported a range of smaller or developing sports, arts, cultural and culinary events that encouraged visitation, added vibrancy and provided valuable exposure for the region. “Thanks to the 20192020 round of the Regional Events Scheme, 68 events across WA will receive funding of between $5000 and $40,000,’’ he said. Darren Lee (left) narrowly wins C grade from Harvey Protheroe. out of the bunch and it was not until the fourth lap, when there were only five riders left at the front of C grade, that B grade honour was safe. In the reduced bunch sprint, Darren Lee took the narrow win from Harvey Protheroe, with Michael Baker third. D grade saw an attack with half a lap to go, with Sam Washington taking the solo win, Nick Cowie second and Peter Washington third . E grade, with only three riders, had the most challenging race, with Brad Alves taking out the bunch sprint from Vanessa Baker, with Michelle Baker third. Next Saturday should see better conditions for riders as they race from North Dandalup to Dwellingup and return. Aidan Rossandich out-sprints Shannon Sime to take second in B grade.
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