Dog Hill challenges: Peel District Cycling Club

Norm Shattock wins the A-Grade race.
Norm Shattock wins the A-Grade race.

PEEL District Cycling Club postponed its season-ending President’s Cup until this Saturday to avoid clashing with the AFL grand final.

The local racing action was provided by the West Coast Masters Cycling Council at the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis on Sunday.

The Dog Hill circuit is actually a very flat course that circumnavigates Dog Hill.

As usual, the wind was going to make the race interesting.

A strong north-westerly made the front straight challenging and riders had to time their sprint to perfection.

In A-Grade, a five-rider break formed before the end of the first lap.

Even with the chase being lead by recently crowned state women’s road race champion Cass Higgs, the five stayed away for eight laps.

Norm Shattock outsprinted his breakaway companions to win from Andrew Brierley, with Bernie Swart third.

In B-Grade, with two laps to go, Paul Lamond made a solo attack and managed to stay clear until the finish.

Mark Anastasas took the bunch sprint for second with Carl Morrone third.

In C-Grade, a trio of riders formed a break early and stayed away to the end, with Brett Clapham taking the win, with trial rider Phillip Price second and Chris Young third.

While there were attacks in D-Grade, the bunch stayed together until the final time down the back straight.

Six riders contested the win, with Leigh McDonald first, Bob Stephens second and Brian Buck third.

With just two riders, E-Grade was combined with D for the first four laps.

Derek Mayall outlasted some D-graders, staying with the D-Grade bunch for the win.

Some riders from Rockingham and Mandurah also raced in the Cristal series in Dardanup held by the South-West Cycling Club.

The third Avantiplus Uberquads team from Rockingham recruited two new riders – Vaughan Berge, who won the reduced bunch sprint, and Dave Hollands, who was fourth in the opening road race leg.

Berge, Hollands and Peter Mills (the current Australian veterans time trial champion for his age group) then won the team time-trial second leg to take overall victory on the day.