Northern Beaches hit high point


Mark Welford (front) and Justin Schultz. Picture: Rebecca Schultz
Mark Welford (front) and Justin Schultz. Picture: Rebecca Schultz

The low numbers threatened to affect the club’s lead in the Team Points Series; but those who attended rose to the occasion, securing the highest points.

The traditional bright green kit, synonymously associated with the club, was traded for a new alternative black race kit by most.

The traditional kit, although well suited for high visibility on the open road, was proving a target for other teams during races.

The new stealthy alternative, designed by club member Rebecca Schultz, has proven a hit for racers and the fashion police alike.

In D grade, Marthinus Kemp proved to be the most aggressive rider, with a sustained breakaway attempt and lead out work.

Kemp kept the sprinters at bay on the final climb to finish second with teammate Chris Howard third.

In C Grade, Kylie Anticich placed seventh with Nick Vroomans 10th.

In B Grade, Neil Thorpe did the early work to keep his teammates in touch with a strong breakaway.

In a bunch sprint up the hill to the finish line, Mark Welford drove from the front position for an impressive win.

Clever riding by Justin Schultz helped set up the victory, himself claiming second.

The one-two podium placing in a 35-man strong B grade race indicated the growing maturity and gradual progression up through the Masters grades.

The podium placings had Northern Beaches Cycling Club pull ahead on the Team Series Ladder with 224 points, with nearest rivals MAN Riders Choice (179), Team Brooks (177) and Eddy Hollands Bicycle Services (168).

In E Grade Open racing held at Bentley, U11 rider Curtis Atkinson, earned an impressive second place. His father Brendan had the bad luck, damaging both his bike and body when clipped by a junior rider he was escorting during the race.

The club welcomes local riders for racing or regular social club rides held every Sunday.