Rac­ers lap up thrilling ac­tion

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT - Nick Cowie

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.

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