NORTHERN Beaches Cycling Club (NBCC) members were spoiled for choices in a Sunday of cycling events, including the social Clarkson to Two Rocks club ride.
The NBCC youth squad participated in the Bicycling WA Swan Valley CycloSportif; masters racing was held at Baldivis and Cyclocross was held at Ascot Vale.
The youth squad members braved near zero temperatures to surprise many of the adult teams with their pace at Swan Valley.
Unfortunately, the hilly version of the Cyclosportif had to be cancelled on the morning due to degraded road works on a steep descent of the course.
In E grade masters Tony Clews and Jon Kelly repeatedly tested the peloton with short solo breaks during the first lap.
Once caught, Edward Rose immediately led with a solo break that lasted for two laps.
During the third lap Clews and Kelly were able to drop the peloton and bridged to join their teammate Rose.
The trio then knuckled down for a team time trial to stay away from the field and claim first, second and third.
D grade saw a welcome return to form for Richard Stokes to sprint away from the peloton and claim second, with teammate Russell Kingham third.
In C grade John Hanson placed seventh and Neil Vroomans ninth.
B grade was a highly competitive race, with NBCC teammates Tim James Kylie Anticich and Nick Vroomans prominent in reeling in several strong breakaways.
During the lead up to the sprint finish, a tractor on the road broke the peloton in half and organisers had to nullify the results of the race.
NBCC fielded a big team in the Cyclocross racing held at Ascot Vale.
As a first timer, on a borrowed bike, I had considerable trepidation at the thought of traversing sand, mud, grass, hurdles, steps and tight turns in a race format.
However, the attraction of cyclocross soon became obvious – reminiscent of the childhood joy of throwing a bike around an obstacle course, it can simply be described as a whole lot of fun.
Covered with mud, a few cuts, bruises and a broad smile, I now have to convince my family or the virtues of purchasing a cyclocross bike.
The organisers are to be congratulated for the extensive effort required to set up the course and obstacles, as well as providing a child-friendly version of the event.
Children and adults are invited to try cyclocross at Edgewater Quarry on Sunday, July 10.
Entries available online at https://wacx.tidyhq.com/public/events/5511-numbatcup16-round-4.
Chris Howard, Northern Beach Cycling Club president
Open B grade
13th Rory Slabbert
Open C grade
Richard Reeves 12th
Matt Cruickshank 23rd
Nathan Venter 30th
Edward Rose 31st
Masters C grade
3rd John Kent
9th Chris Jackson
14th Chris Howard
16th Eben Venter
18th Jon Kelly
20th Dylan Venter
36th Lucy Slabbert