Long course tests riders


Kurt Harmer in the front of B-grade with eventual winner Jordan Dawson in third.   Picture: Nick Cowie
Long course tests riders
Kurt Harmer in the front of B-grade with eventual winner Jordan Dawson in third. Picture: Nick Cowie

This week used the long course that included the service roads, making it a technical course with a couple of tight corners with only a single line.

The junior race saw Madison Mcauliffe take the win narrowly from Rachel Bevis.

With only one rider, Anita Watters, in E-grade, it was combined with D- grade, where Matthew Colum and Baden Gray attacked on the second lap and got away.

Watters worked with remaining D- grade riders to chase, but later faded and finished less than 20 seconds behind D-grade.

As the race went on in D-grade, the breakaway slowly extended its lead.

In the end, Colum took the sprint win from Gray, with Sophie Clarke third.

C-grade saw a couple of riders attack regularly, without success. With about four laps to go, Ron McArthur slipped off the front and slowly built a lead.

As the bunch crested the short climb with about a kilometre to go, Rob Collins attacked. He chased and caught the tiring McArthur in the sight of the line to take the win. McArthur was second and Millen Sjerp third.

An aggressive start saw some B- grade riders struggling. Within a couple of laps, only half the riders who had started were in the front bunch.

The pace continued, not allowing chasing riders to catch up and losing more riders from the front group.

With a little over a lap to go, Pete Clark and Cade Zulsdorf made a bold move and distanced the bunch.

This was the signal for Jordan Dawson to attack. He caught the pair and rode to an impressive victory.

The chasing bunch caught Clark and Zulsdorf, before Andrew Brown and Michael Polmear sprinted to secure second and third respectively.

Within two laps, A-grade had split into two groups.

It looked like the first bunch was going to stay away, but three riders got off the front and the first bunch slowed.

Three became the front two after Rob Rameriez punctured a tyre and was unable to rejoin.

As Nicholas Graham-Dawson and Matthew Peterson built up a race-winning lead, the two bunches became one and a few riders started working together to bring the leading two back.

But it was not to be as Graham-Dawson rode away from Peterson to secure victory, with Peterson second and Conor Leahy third.