By Nick Cowie
A NUMBER of Peel District Cycling Club members took part in the Peter Clark Memorial Kermese race at Gnangara last weekend.
Elliot Roberts attacked on the first lap and established a solid lead in the D grade men’s event.
The bunch was slow to react and by the time they caught Roberts on the ninth of sixteen laps and the bunch was reduced to six.
In the six rider finish Ja-Yung Yen produced an explosive sprint to take the win, with Roberts second and Mike Tang third.
In the combined C/D grade women, the pace was kept high and in the bunch sprint it was Shelby Corbett first, Lynn Wolfe second and Kirsty Turner third.
In the C grade men bunch sprint it was Murray Dickson first, Mitchell Lees second and Mark Taylor third.
A small group of five women formed in the B grade women’s race after a flurry of early attacks.
In the sprint it was Peel’s Dharlia Haines making use of her newly acquired under 17 gearing to take the win from Brieanne Rodgers second and Kylie Anticich third.
With 35 starters, B grade men, was going to be difficult group to break away from.
In the bunch sprint it was Michael Tapscott first, Aaron Bonser second and Daniel Trienne third.
In A grade woman, British Olympian Emma Pooley attacked and quickly establish a lead with some help from team-mate Erin Kineally who had spent the last six months racing in the Netherlands.
With the two strongest rider in a break, the chasing riders did not stand a chance with Kineally taking out the sprint, followed by Pooley and Jade Haines.
A total of 35 riders wee in the A grade race with Timothy Sellar attacking on the first lap and was quickly joined by State road racing champion Michael Frieburg.
At the end of the race, there was only six other riders on the same lap as Sellar and Frieburg and over half the field failing to finish the race.
Frieburg rode to victory with Sellar second and Logan Calder third.