Tough test for riders at Pinjarra industrial estate

Theo Yates, left, wins the A-grade race from Wade Longworth, centre, and David Nickels, right.        Pictures: Nick CowieStephen Leahy wins the B-grade race.
Tough test for riders at Pinjarra industrial estate
Theo Yates, left, wins the A-grade race from Wade Longworth, centre, and David Nickels, right.        Pictures: Nick CowieStephen Leahy wins the B-grade race.

THE first criterion of the season saw Peel District Cycling Club return to the Pinjarra industrial estate for the first time in some years.

A strong northeasterly wind made the back half of the course demanding, which made being in a break or chasing a challenge.

The juniors raced one lap and in the end it was Cheyann Miller taking the win from Kassandra Glorie, with Gabe Glorie third.

The E-grade race broke up on the first lap, with five riders escaping.

Alex Maude was too fast for Todd Brown, taking the win, with Anita Watters, in her first race, third.

Richard Ramos marked his first race back after open-heart surgery by attacking on the first lap of D-grade and managed to establish a break.

After two laps, Oliver Bleddyn joined Ramos and Paul Miller and the trio forged a solid lead.

The fast pace saw Miller dropped in the final stages. Bleddyn attacked on the final lap and stayed away to take the win, with Ramos second and Miller holding on for third.

C-grade saw a bunch sprint finish, with Leanda Saleh first, Aron Barclay second and Wayne Rowe third.

B-grade saw Steve Leahy, Andrew Brown and Jordan Dawson establish a solid lead early, however Dawson faltered, leaving Leahy to take the win and a promotion to A-grade, while Brown finished a close second and John Duncan in third.

The largest field of the day was A-grade with 27 riders and six of them broke early to establish a solid lead.

Theo Yates survived a number of challenges from the trailing pack before claiming a sprint finish, with Wade Longworth finishing second and David Nickels third.