PEEL District Cycling Club returned to the Kwinana Motorplex over the weekend for criterium racing for the first time in almost two years.
The numbers were down due to The Ring series in Gnangara, masters racing in Rockingham and time trials at Champion Lakes.
However, the racing was as competitive as ever and the biggest surprise for the first time in years was the lack of wind to rip the races apart.
First up was the junior training – a free session on a closed circuit aimed at getting juniors ready to compete with riders like octogenarian John Mogg in E grade, which started once the junior session was finished.
Tony De Silva broke away halfway through the race to take the solo win with Mogg leading the rest home for second ahead of John Bywater.
In D grade, Ashton Sime attacked, was brought back, waited, attacked again and got brought back once more before his third attack paid dividends.
Sime rode away to secure a comfortable win while Tom Power took the bunch sprint for second with Steve Ball third.
C grade was aggressive at times and conservative at others but in the end it was a bunch sprint with Callum Hunter taking the win, from newly promoted Adam Jones in second and Gavin Keane third.
Time trial expert Pete Mills attacked early in B grade and tried to establish a break and for more than half the race it was Mills off the front with the bunch close behind.
Once Mills was reeled backed in other riders attacked without success.
In the bunch sprint it was Adam Wise first, Chaice Kelly Wilson second and Michael Jansen third.
Even with smaller numbers racing, A grade was aggressive from the start.
The first 15 minutes were frantic, until the Luke Colum established a small break.
He was joined by Liam Magowan, and the pair established a good gap.
Then Magowan faltered, National Under 19 Road Race Champion and Peel member Jay Lindorff seized the opportunity and set off in pursuit of Colum, destroying the bunch behind him.
With two laps to go, Lindorff attacked, and of the few riders that remained nobody could follow and Lindorff took the win.
Jordan Dawson rode an impressive final lap to secure second.
Oliver Bleddyn impressed in his A grade debut with third.
Next Sunday, afternoon criterium racing will take place in the centre of Wellard Village with the Ring Series coming to town.
For more information visit ringcritseries.asn.au.