Cy­clist puts best foot for­ward

Southern Telegraph - - News - Nick Cowie

The Tour of Mar­garet River is de­scribed as a pro-am event in which pro­fes­sional rac­ers like join more than 500 other rid­ers for three days of rac­ing over four stages.

Peel Dis­trict Cy­cling Club was rep­re­sented by two teams while mem­bers also made up the two Avanti+ Uberquads teams, the Cham­pion Lakes Rac­ing team, most of the Lakes Ladies team and par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of other teams.

Theo Yates, rid­ing with Nav­i­tas Sat­a­lyst, races with the Avanti Rac­ing team and com­petes at the high­est level in Aus­tralia, the Na­tional Road Se­ries.

The first stage was a 7km up­hill time trial.

As all team mem­bers started at the same time, there were dif­fer­ent strate­gies em­ployed, with some teams sac­ri­fic­ing rid­ers to get their best climbers to the steep­est part of the climb. Other teams worked to­gether. The lat­ter tac­tic worked for Avanti Rac­ing, se­cur­ing the first four places, with Matthew Clark tak­ing the win.

Peel’s English im­port Lewis Keight­ley fin­ish­ing equal 17th, Avanti+ Uberquads Liam Magowas 29th and Cass Higgs the first woman home in 65th.

In the woman’s team event, Niche Liv­ing Women’s Rac­ing em­se­cured the first three po­si­tions, with Sarah Duffield tak­ing the win.

The sec­ond stage was a 50km team time trial, with the re­sults to de­ter­mine the teams’ start­ing po­si­tions for the next two stages.

Peel’s first team con­sisted of Keight­ley, Higgs and four ex­pe­ri­enced time trial rid­ers.

They fin­ished a cred­i­ble 14th, with Nav­i­tas Sat­a­lyst first, Avanti Rac­ing sec­ond and OTOC Vault third. In the women’s teams, Niche Liv­ing Women’s Rac­ing con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance with Sub Six Women sec­ond and Cy­cle 4 life third, while Lakes Ladies was sixth.

The im­por­tance of re­sults in the team time trial was shown the next day with stage three.

The first five teams started 30 sec­onds ahead of the next five teams, with the next five teams 30 sec­onds be­hind.

It was the only way the or­gan­is­ers could han­dle more than 500 rac­ers on the road at the same time.

It also meant mem­bers of the Peel team had to bridge a one-minute gap to get to the front.

Keight­ley and a num­ber of other rid­ers bridged the gap dur­ing the 104km race, to be in a group of 28 con­test­ing the fin­ish.

A small group at­tacked late with Chris Hamil­ton from Avanti Rac­ing tak­ing the win, Darcy Pirottta sec­ond and Michael Fitzger­ald third.

Keight­ley was 25th and moved to 16th over­all be­hind Avanti’s Hamil­ton, Clark and Pat Shaw.

Higgs fin­ished 105th and in­creased her lead in the pink jer­sey con­test for fastest woman in a mixed team to over seven min­utes.

In the women’s team event, Duffield was first with Erin Kin­nealy from Sub Six Women a close sec­ond and Liz Ley­den third.

The fi­nal day was only a 52km race into a rag­ing head­wind to Yellingup and the front five teams stayed away and did not let any rid­ers bridge across, with Yates tak­ing the sprint from Stephen Hall of OTCO Vault and Con­nor Lam­bert of Uni­corn Spe­cial­ized third.

Hamil­ton fin­ished in the group to se­cure the over­all win, with his team­mates from Avanti Rac­ing, Shaw and An­thony Gi­a­coppo sec- ond and third. Higgs was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent, dam­ag­ing her bike.

She fin­ished on a taller team­mate’s bike, but lost close to 30 min­utes and her pink jer­sey to An­drea Cole­man.

In the women’s team event, Ju­lia Kalotas from Niche Liv­ing Women’s was first, Kin­nealy was sec­ond again and Serene Lee from Cy­cle 4 Life third.

Duffield, fin­ish­ing fourth, se­cured the event win from Kin­nealy, with Katy third.

The best-per­form­ing Peel club mem­ber was Yates, fourth over­all and win­ner of the red sprinter’s jer­sey, Keight­ley 23rd and Magowan 26th.

For in­for­ma­tion about the Tour of Mar­garet River visit http:// www.tourof­mar­gare­triver.com/.

For the full re­sults, visit http:// metarace.com.au/road/swc­c­tom r/over­view

Pic­ture: Todd El­liot

Theo Yates takes the win on stage four.

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