NORTHERN Beaches Cycling Club riders pulled ahead on the Masters racing leaders table with some impressive podiums on the weekend.
In a 42-man B grade field, Justin Schultz spotted an opportunity to start his leadout with half a lap to go, selflessly leading Mark Welford to a great position to sprint for the win.
Michael Buytels finished fifth.
C Grade had many attempted breaks, including surges from Richard Stokes and Peter Hunt, before Neil Foster succeeded in his break with two other riders and went onto claim third.
In D grade, the peloton pulled back Matt Cruickshank’s three-lap solo break before a group sprint finish had Peter Ebden fifth and an improving Tony Clews seventh.
In E Grade with two laps to go, Marina Salleo pushed to the front with Edward Rose covering the riders on her back wheel.
On the last lap, Rose took out the sprint finish with Salleo fourth.
The results have Northern Beaches Cycling Club leading the Summer Points Series with 124 points over rivals Team Brooks (107), Riders Choice (94) and three teams tied for fourth – Eddy Hollands, Unicorn Specialized, and Bicycle Center Cannington (82).
This Sunday, Masters racing will continue at Herne Hill.
In CycleSport WA Open racing at Gnangara, more than 220 competitors, raced across A to E grades for women, men and juniors. Keegan Dring, aged just 10, is nipping at the heels of a podium finish, with fourth place in under-13s.
With his spirit and determination he will be a rider to watch in the coming years.
In D Grade, Richard Reeves, with a sprint speed that would have tested higher grades, took second.
Reeves is currently sitting second in the Championship Series points. There were also solid performances from Wanda Jansen and Corlia Mostert in women’s B Grade, and Kylie Anticich and Richelle Gamble in women’s A grade.
In A grade men, Ryan Miller finished with the field against the likes of national racers Cameron Meyer and Travis Meyer who placed to sprinter Stephen Hall.
Racing moves to Rockingham this Sunday.
Northern Beaches Cycling Club has some great incentives for female riders who are willing to have a go at racing.
A moderate degree of fitness would see many recreational riders competitive in at least C or D grades. Contact the club at email@example.com for more information.