Cyclist puts best foot forward
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
Theo Yates takes the win on stage four.