Northern Beaches riders in hot form

Tim James and Brendan Atkinson in the C Grade open field.
Tim James and Brendan Atkinson in the C Grade open field.

HOT conditions did not deter Northern Beaches Cycling Club (NBCC) members from achieving competitive results in last weekend’s racing.

The Roues Chaudes Cycling Club hosted Saturday afternoon racing at Bentley Technology Park, where the on-course thermostat hit 42 degrees.

In the E grade event, Under 15 rider Ibrahim Saeed, launched a brave attack on three South West Cycle Club riders with more than 1km to go. Disadvantaged by age-restricted gearing, he was pipped on the line to take second place.

In the C grade open event, both NBCC riders set personal records and picked off a number of riders on the final lap, averaging 45km/h for the final kilometre.

Tim James and Brendan Atkinson claimed second and third podium positions respectively.

In the D grade open race, John Hanson was best placed at fifth.

In Sunday’s West Coast Masters Cycling Council Criterium racing in Rockingham, strong results enabled NBCC to claim top spot on the team points for the summer series.

In his first ever race, Jon Kelly took second place teammates Rebecca Schultz (third) and Riana Rose (fifth) in the E grade event.

In D grade, teammates covered repeated attempted breaks in the peloton to set up Richard Stokes for the win.

In C grade, Peter Hunt was best placed, finishing 10th.

In B grade, both Mark Welford and Justin Schultz recovered from many attacks on the peloton to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

The club has claimed back-to-back Top Team Trophies.