Ju­nior trio bound for China

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Nick Cowie

Peel District Cy­cling Club mem­bers Conor Leahy, Dhar­lia Haines and Tyler Lin­dorff have been se­lected for the long team to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the World Ju­nior Track Cham­pi­onships in Shenyang, China, in Au­gust.

An­other young Peel mem­ber per­form­ing well is Matthew Con­nan, who last week­end won the un­der-15 men’s time trial, road race and over all ti­tle in the Na­tional Ju­nior Moun­tain Climb Cham­pi­onships in Vic­to­ria.

While Peel District Cy­cling Club did run a race last Sun­day, there was a lot to keep mem­bers busy, with the reg­u­lar so­cial rides, the 3 and 5 Dams rides, the State 160km Time Trial Cham­pi­onships in Pin­jarra and the West Coast Masters cri­terium at Smeaton Way in Rock­ing­ham.

There were a few new faces in A-grade, in­clud­ing Holden Rac­ing’s Erin Kin­nealy and a cou­ple of rid­ers step­ping up from B-grade.

They were in for a bap­tism of fire, with the rac­ing ag­gres­sive from the start.

The reg­u­lars knew who to watch and who to chase. On the sev­enth lap the race just ex­ploded, the bunch split and all the new­com­ers ended up in the sec­ond group.

A few rid­ers got put into dif­fi­cultly, but the group was all to­gether with three laps to go, then Tom Ford at­tacked, got a break and Eddy Hol­lands raced across to join Ford. The bunch hes­i­tated and that was all that Ford and Hol­lands needed.

In the sprint, Hol­lands took the win nar­rowly from Ford.

In the bunch sprint, Martin Al­brecht was the vic­tor, with Matheos Venetis sec­ond and Darin Dun­stan third.

Peel District Cy­cling Club races at Smeaton Way next Sun­day.

For details, visit pdcc.asn.au.

Pic­ture: Nick Cowie

Eddy Hol­lands wins the sprint with a well-timed bike throw.

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