Peel Districts Cycling Club: rain mars A grade races at Ladies Tour

Natalie Britz sprints in atrocious conditions for second in the criterium and overall win in A grade. Pictures: Nick Cowie
Natalie Britz sprints in atrocious conditions for second in the criterium and overall win in A grade. Pictures: Nick Cowie

THE WEATHER forecast for the Ladies Tour at the Kwinana Motorplex was not good on Sunday but the rain would stay away for every grade except Women’s A.

The tour was made up of three events – a prologue or short time trial over 3.2km, a road race of between 15 and 45km using the same course and a short five-minute criterium in the pits area.

The largest field of the day was D grade, with 15 riders.

Natasha Pertwee was too strong and graduated from D grade, by winning the time trial.

She rode off the front of the bunch in the road race and caught C grade, which started 30 seconds ahead of D grade, and then won the criterium.

The minor placings were tightly contested with Julia Henry finishing second overall by finishing third in the criterium, one place ahead of Kirstie Robson who was third overall.

C grade saw Jennifer Sammons win overall.

Sam Bolton, who promoted herself from D grade, was second in each event and close in the time trial, closer in the road race and pushed Sammons all the way in the criterium.

Rose Sellar was third overall.

Kirsty Augustson won B grade’s time trial and road race with Verity Keogh second in both to win overall.

While it was sunny and dry for all the morning races, including the A grade time trial, which was won by Natalie Britz, as soon as A grade was on the start line for the road race it started pouring with rain.

By the time the rain had cleared, riders were spread around the course and Stefanie Van Amerogen took the win.

The rain stayed away until A grade lined up for the criterium.

In difficult conditions Laura Hodges rode away and took the win, Britz won the sprint from the chase group for second and the overall win, with Van Amerogen second overall and Kathryn Woolston third overall.

For full results visit pdcc.asn.au.

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