THE Peel District Cycling Club was well represented among 200 riders taking part in the first round of the Ring Criterium series at the Tech Park Circuit in Bentley on Sunday.
The riders in the E-grade race were quickly strung out on a testing course, with Maxim Strizek and Peel’s Ashton Sime at the front for the whole race.
Sime accelerated away from Strizek on the long finishing straight to take the win, with Strizek second and Isabelle Commons third.
The women’s C-and-D-grade groups rode together at a fairly consistent pace.
Danica Wiggins won C-grade.
Her sister Emily was closest at the finish line, winning D-grade, with Rebecca Kelly right behind in second and Sawitchaya Tippya rounding out the podium in D-grade.
Peel’s Dharlia Haines sprinted to victory in the women’s B-grade, with Natalie Britz second and Laura Hodges third.
The men’s D-grade was won by Ja-Yeng Yen, with Luke Alsford second and Matthew Gardiner third.
Men’s C-grade was similar to D, with fast early laps that dropped a few riders, an easing of pace, a few riders driving the pace then a sprint finish.
Peter Bellchambers was first, followed by Ben Thorman and Elliot Roberts.
Erin Kinneally almost lapped the field to win the women’s A-grade race.
Amanda Nabi took out the bunch sprint for second with Corrie Filmore third.
Men’s B-grade saw Peel’s Jordan Dawson attack from the start, then he was quickly joined by Aron Barclay.
Dawson attacked out of the final corner to take the win. Barclay was second and Stapleton third.
Men’s A-grade saw Lewis McCrea and Travis Meyer get a break early.
At times, it looked like the break would be caught, but in the end it was a two-up sprint won by McCrea, with Meyer second and McCrea’s teammate Tim Sellar took out the bunch sprint for third.
Next Sunday, the Ring Criterium Series is at Smeaton Way in Rockingham.