Dogged haul runs down pack
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.
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