THERE was a great turn out of almost 100 riders in the Peel District Cycling Club at Serpentine last Saturday.
A large number of visitors resulted in 30 riders in A grade and a tough race for the locals.
While there was constant attacking, team tactics meant it was always going to be a bunch sprint. The end result was Connor Lambert first, Bernie Swart second and Patrick Hayburn third. Conor Leahy was the best placed Peel rider in seventh.
There were 25 riders in B grade and while the attacks were not as aggressive or as frequent as A grade, it was still a challenging race for all involved. In bunch sprint, it was Paul George first, Craig James second and Paul Lee third.
C grade also had 25 riders, with a number of people taking advantage of a three-event licence, including entry fee for three PDCC events for $40, to get a taste of racing.
The race looked far less aggressive, as there was only a couple of attacks and these were brought back quickly.
It was more that a handful of riders kept the pace high, making attacking difficult and those who did get off the front were going to get caught quickly. The result was a bunch sprint, which was won by Anthony Doherty, with Richard Maude second and first time racer Tom Mattarocchia third.
A smaller field in D grade resulted in a race that split up quickly, with riders being dropped regularly. After five laps, there were only three riders challenging for the win. With Callum Henderson first, Max Wilson second and Barry Wilson third.
In E grade Judy Gibson and Simon Stolton gave up their chances to make sure junior riders who got dropped got to the finish safely. In the end it was three juniors racing for the win, with Alex Maude first, Matthew Connan second and William Lendrum third.
For full results or information about the races next week at Casuarina, visit pdcc.asn.au.