Peel District Cycle Club races at Smeaton Way


Mikey Hosken at the front of A-Grade.
Greg Bale holds on to win B-Grade.
It was a lonely ride for Peter Clarke in B-Grade.
Jonathon Sammut and Liam Magowan in the early breakaway in A-Grade.
Peel District Cycle Club races at Smeaton Way
Peel District Cycle Club races at Smeaton Way
Peel District Cycle Club races at Smeaton Way
Mikey Hosken at the front of A-Grade. Greg Bale holds on to win B-Grade. It was a lonely ride for Peter Clarke in B-Grade. Jonathon Sammut and Liam Magowan in the early breakaway in A-Grade.

The Fondo gave riders the chance to qualify for the World Championship in September, with many riders in the higher grades liking their chances.

However, the races still went ahead at Smeaton Way on a hot autumn day.

There were only two riders in juniors, where Dakota Sime took the win.

Despite an almost one- minute handicap, Sime chased down a valiant Daniel Crack, taking line honours.

D-Grade saw a number of attacks, with nothing sticking until two laps to go, when three riders broke and stayed away.

Matthew Colum took the win in the run to the line, with Ryan Jewell second and Jason Duryea third.

In one of the biggest C- Grade races this season, a number of riders regularly attacked, but nobody got away.

In the bunch sprint, it was Jordan Minchin first, Albert Ullbricht second and Callum Henderson third.

Halfway through the B- Grade race, Peter Clark attacked and got away.

With only a few laps left, Greg Bale attacked and managed to bridge the gap to the tiring Clark, with two laps to go. The bunch then reacted and started chasing, as Bale rode away from Clark.

The bunch caught Clark with half a lap to go, but fell just short, as Bale won by a few bike lengths, with Kelana Saleh second and Rob Collings third.

A-Grade saw Jonathon Sammut and Liam Magowan attack early.

There was no immediate reaction from the bunch and the two established a sizeable break.

Halfway through the race, the chase started in earnest, breaking the pursuing group in two.

There was a brief lull when the two riders at the front became nine, before Conor Leahy attacked.

This broke the group apart and Leahy rode away for the win.

Sammut was second and Tyler Lindorff took third.

In the Grand Fondo World Series, raced from Perth to Mundaring and return, there were a number of good performances from Peel District Cycling Club members and race regulars.

Nicholas Graeme-Dawson, who won at the Motorplex last week, was first in the male 19-34 age group, with Peel member Wade Longworth second. State Masters road race champion and Peel member Luke Pledger was second in the male 35-39 age group.