Dogged haul runs down pack

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT - Nick Cowie

Nearly 100 riders took to the Dog Hill cir­cuit in Bal­divis last Satur­day for Peel Dis­tricts Cycling Club’s first road race of the win­ter sea­son.

There were nu­mer­ous at­tacks on the first lap of A-grade with the riders strung out over a few hun­dred me­tres as they crossed the fin­ish line af­ter their first lap of the 10.7km course.

But on the se­cond lap two groups formed, the break­away with 10 riders and the bunch with 17 riders.

Over the next two laps the break­away, work­ing to­gether, had a lead of more than a minute on the bunch be­fore a cou­ple of the strong­est riders took con­trol and within a lap there was a sin­gle group.

The next two laps were a flurry of at­tacks and counter-at­tacks but every one was chased down and in the bunch sprint it was Stephen Hall first, Ja­cob War­man se­cond and Wade Long­worth third.

B-grade started with a few ten­ta­tive at­tacks be­fore the bunch of 20 riders got split in two on the third lap.

The pace in­creased at the front and the break­away be­came smaller as they in­creased their lead over the chasers and in the end there were only four riders left in the con­test, which was won by Gavin Wark by the nar­row­est of mar­gins from Shanon Sime with Tim Hop­kins third.

In C-grade, the first cou­ple of at­tacks man­aged to get a small lead, be­fore be­ing brought back.

The bunch sprint was won by An­thony Smith­son, with Ry­ley Col­let se­cond and Alas­tair Evans third.

With only 11 riders, D-grade lacked the ag­gres­sive at­tack­ing of the other grades, with Bryan Thurstan tak­ing the win with Ni­cole Mal­loy se­cond and Sam Wash­ing­ton third.

In E-grade Emma Wash­ing­ton, Vanessa Baker and Barry Ske­han took the podium.

The Peel Women and Ju­nior Tour takes place on the closed cir­cuit of the Mo­tor­plex on Satur­day, with road rac­ing the fol­low­ing week­end at Ser­pen­tine.

Visit pdcc.asn.au for full re­sults and more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Nick Cowie

Stephen Hall

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