Yanchep Park turns race track for Northern Beach cyclists

Orica-GreenEdge rider Cameron Meyer, closely checked by OTOC Vault racing team.
Orica-GreenEdge rider Cameron Meyer, closely checked by OTOC Vault racing team.

YANCHEP National Park became a race track for Northern Beaches Cycling Club’s annual criterium challenge last Sunday.

The December 13 Yanchep National Park Challenge follows a circuit with a climb and descent every 1.5km, making it the toughest criterium course in WA, according to club president Chris Howard.

“Previous winner, Cameron Meyer – a stage winner at the Tour de France with Orica-GreenEdge – headlined the feature event,” he said.

“The strong A grade field included representatives from three National Road Series teams.

“OTOC Vault Racing Team made several attempted breaks before team mates Ash Mackey, Matt Chambers and Jai Hindley managed a successful break.

“Guy Kalma then made an attack to join his team-mates.

“With four OTOC Vault riders working in unison, the peloton left Cameron Meyer to do the work to catch the breakaway.

“Once he bridged the gap Meyer was given no time to recover, with Guy Kalma attacking to finish 46 seconds ahead of Meyer and Hindley.”

Dr Howard said an international rider, Joseph Breheny, claimed the prize for the first non-road series rider across the line.

The women’s elite and the men’s B grade fields started together. “In a course well-suited to her style, Jessica Allen pulled away from the women’s field,” he said.

“Liz Leyden finished second and Sarah Smith third.

“NBCC rider Wanda Jansen Van Vuuren rode up a grade and pulled off an impressive fourth.”

Dr Howard said the club’s best podium results came from Tim James and Brendan Atkinson who placed first and second respectively in the C grade.

He said Meyer proved he was a role model to aspiring cyclists, signing autographs, and talking to volunteers.

“Meyer, originally a Midland Cycle Club junior member, donated money to the under-resourced junior development squad of NBCC,” he said.