Peel District Cycling Club race in challenging weather conditions

Jordan Dawson sprints to second place. Photo: Nick Cowie
Jordan Dawson sprints to second place. Photo: Nick Cowie

PEEL District Cycling Club raced the President’s Cup in Casuarina on Saturday in challenging weather conditions.

The race is an annual competition for the handicap which sees all riders racing in the same race regardless of speed.

The start was staggered with a group of the slowest riders starting first, then the next slowest group, until the final group of the fastest riders were released.

Each group worked together to catch the groups in front and to stay away from those behind.

The weather, with strong winds and squally showers, made racing a challenge for the riders who started early.

Scratch, the largest group, worked well together in the conditions and quickly chased down the riders in front of them.

Before the end of the fifth lap they had caught all those in front of them.

The sixth and final lap saw attacks out of the leading group.

A solo attack by Conor Leahy stuck and Leahy rounded the final corner in front.

Leahy kept his lead all the way to the line to claim victory.

Conor Leahy wins the 2018 President’s Cup.

Last year’s winner Jordan Dawson took the sprint for second place, ahead of Aron Barclay.

For the full results and details of next Saturday’s racing at the Motorplex visit pdcc.asn.au