Blus­tery winds test Peel club rid­ers on cri­terium course

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Nick Cowie

A strong north-east­erly made rac­ing chal­leng­ing for the Peel Districts Cy­cling Club cri­terium last Sun­day at the Pin­jarra In­dus­trial Es­tate.

While there was a good tail­wind on the start/fin­ish straight, rid­ers turned left and con­tin­ued to push along with a cross tail­wind, be­fore turn­ing left again and into a block head­wind.

The next left turn was into a cross head­wind, which left rid­ers nowhere to hide.

E-grade rode to the con­di­tions — the bunch dropped a cou­ple of rid­ers on the way to the fin­ish, which ended in a bunch sprint that was won by Roger De Pontes, with Si­mon Stolton sec­ond and Tony Da Silva third.

D-grade saw an early at­tack by Mitchell Crook and Zoe Stolton.

The bunch re­acted a few laps later and three rid­ers, led by Ni­cholas Con­nan, bridged the gap.

Ev­ery­one else was left spread around the course.

The five stayed to­gether un­til the sprint, which saw Crook take the win, with Colin Day sec­ond and Con­nan third.

It only took a few laps for a tworider break to be es­tab­lished in C-grade as Matthew Con­nan was joined by Shane French.

While in­di­vid­ual rid­ers tried to bridge across, there was no co­op­er­a­tion and Con­nan and French rode away.

In the two-man sprint it was Con­nan who took the win, with French sec­ond and Cal­lum Hunter lead­ing the bunch home for third.

The ju­niors then took to the cir­cuit on a va­ri­ety of bi­cy­cles for two laps.

As usual it was smiles all round, with three gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily tak­ing to the track.

In B-grade, the at­tacks started from the gun — within a cou­ple of laps Henry Hunter was off the front and on the next lap he was joined by Ryan Wil­mott and the pair rode away from the pack.

Again, the chase was not or­gan­ised; with Wil­mott and Hunter riding at a good pace they caught the bunch. In the sprint to the line Hunter took the win, with Wil­mott sec­ond and Michael Dar­ling­ton third.

It looked ef­fort­less as the eight rid­ers in A-grade cruised around the course much faster than the 20 rid­ers in B-grade, who were strug­gling in the con­di­tions.

One rider was off the front, then Jon Gregg joined him. On the next lap Gregg was off the front solo.

The chase quickly de­stroyed the bunch, split­ting into groups of twos and threes.

Gregg was too strong and took the win.

Matt Peter­son out­sprinted his chase part­ner Lawrence Con­si­dine for sec­ond.

Peel Districts Cy­cling Club is set to have a break for a cou­ple weeks, with the next race be­ing a time trial in Hopelands on De­cem­ber 31.

Pic­tures: Nick Cowie

Matt Con­nan out­sprints Shane French to win C-grade.

Ryan Wil­mott in the new PDCC kit and Henry Hunter in B-grade.

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