To B or not to B, that is Mills’ ques­tion

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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.

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