Peel District cycling club race in stellar conditions

Conor Leahy wins A grade. Photo: Nick Cowie.
Conor Leahy wins A grade. Photo: Nick Cowie.

PEEL District Cycling Club took advantage of great weather in Casuarina on Saturday with more than 135 riders turning out to race.

Adlia Neethling outsprinted Kirsty Turner to win the advanced women’s race.

Lance Portman wins B grade. Photo: Nick Cowie

The women’s development race stayed together for three-and-a-half laps, but the pace began to tell late on.

A couple of attacks on the final lap allowed the group to splinter and Sally Carter took the win from Diane Humphrey, with Jodie Wood chasing the pair home in third.

Mixed E grade was the shortest race of the day.

Adélia Neethling leads Kirsty Turner with a lap to go. Photo: Nick Cowie.

The bunch stayed together for the first three laps with first-time racer Sharlize Shelley good enough to take the win.

The D grade bunch rode together after five laps but got caught by C grade on the final corner.

Kael Mccutcheon adapted best to the changed conditions to take the win, with Ryley Collett finishing close behind and Craig Wilson third.

Prior to catching D grade on the final corner, Greg Manning attacked, Josh Howe followed, and the pair got away from the pack.

B grade was another big group with close to 40 riders and even faster, averaging 40 kilometres an hour for 90 minutes.

The race was won by Lance Portman, with Phil Deisel placing second and Owen Henderson third.

A grade was even harder and faster. Conor Leahy attacked early and held off the chasers.

JP Van Der Merwe came second and Jacob Warman third.

Peel District Cycling Club’s next race will be at Dog Hill on July 13.