Weather keeps Peel District Cycling Club riders away


The B-grade break group worked hard to extend their lead at Serpentine. Picture: Nick Cowie
The B-grade break group worked hard to extend their lead at Serpentine. Picture: Nick Cowie

RAIN and high winds kept the numbers down at Peel District Cycling Club races on a triangular course at Serpentine last Saturday.

At the end of the first lap, A, B and D-grade had broken up; A-grade into a small break, a couple of chasers and a big group.

The B and D-grades were in small groups of two to four riders spread across the course.

C-grade was strung out in a single line with a couple of strong riders pushing the pace, but most riders managed to hang on.

The next lap saw the A-grade break maintain a slender lead from a growing chasing bunch.

The lead group in B-grade had swollen to six riders, with riders in two and threes slowly dropping back towards the chasing group.

C-grade continued strung out, with the pace driven by the same couple of riders.

In D-grade, a couple of newer, stronger riders who were caught out of place on the first lap were chasing hard, catching riders, dropping riders and continuing to chase the leading pair of Vanessa Johnson and Will Lendrum.

Johnson out-sprinted Lend-rum to take victory.

Michael Baker passed nine riders after the end of the first lap to claim third.

C-grade ended in a bunch sprint, with Jay Lindorff taking the win, Emma Lendrum second and Tim Watson third.

The pace in the B-grade breakaway did not slow and the six riders became five.

Then, in the four-way sprint, Luke Colum just held off a fast-finishing Jordan Dawson, with Oli Bleddyn third.

On the final run down Karnup Road, Aron Barclay and Ali Milne established a small break in A-grade that made it all the way to the finish line, with Barclay taking the win, Milne second and Lawrence Considine third.