Peel District Cycling Club’s race at Dog Hill circuit impacted by wild wind

John Carter wins B grade.
John Carter wins B grade.

THE threat of wild weather kept the numbers down for Peel District Cycling Club’s race at the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis on Saturday .

The rain held out until the final lap of A and B grade races. The wind however was strong and had an impact on all grades.

The bunch held together for the first two laps of E grade, but under pressure on the final lap, the wind broke the bunch apart with riders being spread across the course.

Sam Washington placed first, ahead of his sister Emily Washington, who was clear of Michelle Baker in third place.

 

The D grade bunch was intact after 44 kilometres of racing but the group slowed to less than 25 kilometres an hour approaching the head wind finish. Ryley Collett secured the win, with Clint Hort second and Rusty Wise would third.

C grade had 23 riders compete and it was the largest and most aggressive race, with constant attacks and hard chasing.

While no riders got off the front, a lot went out the back, and after five laps and with 55 kilometres of racing left, only 12 riders remained.

In the sprint to the line, Calum Milne took the win, with Mitchell Spencer second and Kurt Harmer third.

B grade started with a flurry of attacks and a couple of very fast laps, as every attack was chased down.

The bunch then settled down, until the sixth and final lap and the aggressive attacking returned.

A late attack saw Mark Hamill and John Carter round the final bend, ahead of the bunch. Carter had enough in his legs to sprint to victory, Hamill came second and Brad Hall third.

A grade had a similar frantic start, a couple of fast laps where every attack was chased down.

In the sprint to the line it was Mikey Hoskens first, Heiko Potzeldt second and Matt Champtaloup third.

Heiko Potzeldt and Mikey Hoskens chasing the A grade leaders with a lap to go. Photo: Nick Cowie.

Peel District Cycling Club’s next race will be July 28 at Serpentine.