To B or not to B, that is Mills’ question
THE Pinjarra Industrial circuit usually provides a challenging windy race for the Peel District Cycling Club.
Last Sunday morning was no exception, with a very strong easterly.
First off was the junior training, a free event aimed at developing young racers.
Six Under-13s rode in racelike conditions, with coaching.
Dakota Sime and Abby Vreeken showed off their sprinting abilities at the end of the session.
With only three riders competing, it looked like it was going to be a tough day for E grade. But the riders took it as a social event until the final lap when it became very tactical as they almost came to a standstill on the back straight into the headwind.
In the end, Johnny Mogg took the win with a well-timed attack with Tony DaSilva second and John Bywater third.
There were nine riders in D grade, the biggest grade on the day. There were a couple of riders animating the race, trying to establish a break, a couple more chasing down the attacks and wanting a bunch sprint, as well as a few riders sitting in the bunch hoping for a bunch sprint.
In the end, it was a bunch sprint with Hayden Thorpe taking the win, Colin Day second and Stephen Leahy third.
C grade ran to a similar script with a couple of animators attacking hard, a few riders bringing it back together and just when it looked like a bunch sprint, Adam Jones skipped away off the back straight.
Nobody reacted immediately and the brief hesitation was all Jones needed to ride away and take the win. Albert Ullbricht came second and Ashton Sime third.
The next event saw the biggest field of the day, as everybody took to the course for ‘Little Kids Laps’. Kids of all ages rode two laps of the circuit, with those under 13 riding with an adult chaperone or in some cases three.
There were only six riders each in A and B grade so the decision was made to combine the grades.
Within three laps, the race had exploded. There were three A graders off the front, two A graders, three B graders in pursuit and three more B graders further back.
A couple of laps later, the three A graders out front had built up a good lead, the bunch in the middle exploded, leaving a single A grade rider and a B grade rider in pursuit, with other riders spread across the circuit and a couple of B grade riders at the back.
In A grade, the three stayed together the whole race and in the sprint to the line, Wade Longworth took victory. Jordan Dawson came second and Jamie Muir third.
Pete Mills last year dropped down to B grade as he was approaching 60 and felt he was getting too old to race A.
In the B grade race he showed he still had it, riding with Liam Magowan, an A grade rider, and finished less than 20 seconds behind the A grade winner and almost a full lap ahead of the nearest B grade rider.
Colin Day attacking in D grade.
Wade Longworth, winner of A grade, out front of the combined bunch on the first lap.