Racers lap up thrilling action
Peel District Cycling Club held its first race of 2019 with the Alumina Way criterium circuit in Rockingham last Sunday.
Sole E- grade rider Simon Stolton’s challenge was to try and hold on to D- grade for 25 minutes and one lap, an E- grade race length.
With a couple of early attacks that had D- grade strung out in a long line, Stolton demonstrated he was ready for D- grade by holding on to the D- grade pack for the full- race distance, beating a couple of D- grade regulars to the line.
At the front of D- grade Finely Vine got clear on the back straight and held on to take the win with Nicole Malloy second and Clint Hort third.
C- grade saw attack after attack, as riders attempted to get away but most breaks did not last a lap with riders willing to chase, making the race a frantic affair.
In the end, an attack on the back straight saw Ashton Sime and Nick Finch round the final corner 30m clear of the bunch, with Sime taking the win, Finch second and Zac Andrijasevich outsprinting the bunch for third.
B- grade was another frantic race, which saw riders attack, get away for a few laps, riders work together to bring them back, before a counterattack saw another couple of riders get away.
About halfway through the race, time trial specialist Steve Knight and endurance specialist Callum Henderson were off the front with the bunch unable to catch them.
As Knight and Henderson rode away, with Knight winning the sprint by a bike length from Henderson, Matt De Lilly took the bunch sprint for third.
With most of the top A- graders racing in the National Championships, the expectation was a quiet race from a smaller bunch but the exact opposite happened.
Raphael Amouroux attacked early and was joined by Patrick SacanniWilliams, but after 20 minutes the pair were caught and the counter attacks started.
The fast start and hard chasing meant nobody had the energy to stay off the front for long and heading into the final lap there were still half a dozen riders in contention.
Matt King attacked going into the final corner and carried enough speed to hold on to take the win from Wade Longworth and Cadel Adams.
The next Peel Districts Cycling Club race is a time trial at Hopeland on Sunday, January 13.
The final criterium of the summer season, the Club Championships, will be held at Kwinana Motorplex on January 27. Visit pdcc. asn. au for more.
Patrick Sacanni- Williams and Raphael Amouroux in the break in A- grade.
Matt King works hard to bring the break back in A- grade.