Peel District Cycling Club dominates at State Championships Road Race

Greg Gale sprints to the win in B grade. Nick Cowie photography.
Greg Gale sprints to the win in B grade. Nick Cowie photography.

PEEL District Cycling Club proved hard to beat at the State Championships Road Race in Dardanup on the weekend.

Club cyclist’s Oliver Bleddyn won the under 17 men’s time trial, Dharlia Haimes came second in both the under 17 women’s time trial and road race and Tyler Lindorff won both the under 19 men’s road race and time trial.

Vanessa Baker also came second in the under 13 women’s road and Colin Rose third in the over 50 men’s race.

The West Coast Masters Cycling Council also competed at the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis on Sunday.

Ian Dow-Vine early attack secures a win in C grade. Nick Cowie photography.

A number of riders were absent from racing due to the State Championships in Dardanup.

A total of only eight riders competed in A grade.

In the bunch sprint Matt Upton came first, Tom O’Neil second and Stewart third.

B grade was the race to watch, with riders attacking other riders who were trying to bridge. In the bunch sprint it was Greg Gale who came first, John Liso second and Mark Hamill third.

C grade had less riders competing and less attacks.

A grade. Nick Cowie photography.

A late attack by Ian Dow-Vine allowed him to steal the lead on the sprinters and secure victory from Greg Smith, with Dave Menarry third.

A similar victory was made in D grade where all attacks were quickly chased down, except the attack in sight of the finish line by Jon Nelson, which saw him take the win from Lawrence Fahey with Nick Cowie third.

E grade experienced aggressive racing on the first lap where the bunch raced a part on the first lap.

It was grim determination and perseverance that resulted in Derek Mayall taking third, with Bob Stephens and Pat Briggs destroying the bunch and riding away.

In the sprint to the line Stephens took the win, with Briggs second.

On Sunday the York Cycling festival will take place.

Peel District Cycling Club will take to Casaurina circuit on Saturday, followed by the West Coast Masters on Sunday.