Northern Beaches riders tune up in races

Justin Schultz, in the green kit, in the B-Grade masters at Kewdale.
Justin Schultz, in the green kit, in the B-Grade masters at Kewdale.

NORTHERN Beaches Cycling Club (NBCC) members took part in several races last month as they prepare to host the Yanchep National Park Challenge next week.

November races included the recent Peter Clark Memorial Road Race, hosted by Northern Districts Cycling Club at Chittering.

In the 94km A-grade men’s event, Michael Fitzgerald and Jai Hindley (Mindarie) were never headed after an early break.

Having recently returned from racing in Europe, Hindley showed his class to claim the A grade event with over a minute lead to Fitzgerald.

Rebecca Mackey, of Arbitrage Racing, claimed the 78km A-grade women’s event.

The best placed rider for NBCC was Brendon Atkinson, who took second place in the 63km C-grade event.

NBCC riders Mark Welford, Tim James, Stephen McNeilly along with Mike Stuart also enjoyed perfect conditions and rode through the night at the Alcoa Dusk Till Dawn 12-hour Mountain Bike Enduro in Dwellingup last month.

They overcame an early puncture to finish fifth of 19 in their category.

The Swiss Watch Box/Ascende Capital West Coast Masters Race in Kewdale saw a hat-trick of victories for NBCC.

In E grade, Jon Kelly took his turn to pace out fellow teammates Rebecca Schultz and Riana Rose for first and third respectively.

NBCC D-grade riders showed an emerging maturity with team tactics and tested the peloton with breakaways, although the peloton came together for the final lap.

Matt Cruickshank proved the perfect lead out for sprinter Richard Stokes who claimed victory. In C grade, a two-man break, that included Peter Hunt, stayed out for several laps before being reeled in.

Duncan Rogers surprised even his teammates to win with superb race craft against a quality sprinters field.

With most of the B-grade NBCC men away for the Dusk Till Dawn event, Justin Schultz was still able to claim sixth in the B-grade race.

The victories ensured a slender two-point lead over Team Brooks and a 21-point plus buffer on the rest of the field in the Summer Team Series.

NBCC will host the Yanchep National Park Challenge on Sunday, December 13.

The tough criterium circuit will support graded races for open age and juniors together with a free trial event for social members.

Further details at northernbeachescycling.com and online registrations are through wa.cycling.org.au.