Cyclists weather the storm

Jarred Finnigan pips Duncan Rogers  in C grade.
Cyclists weather the storm
Cyclists weather the storm
Jarred Finnigan pips Duncan Rogers in C grade.

IN stark contrast to recent races in extreme heat, last weekend’s racing was wild, wet and windy, with only the all-weather riders out to compete.

Roues Chaudes Cycling Club hosted the second Smash Fest criterium at Technology Park Bentley on Saturday afternoon for open graded races.

In E Grade, Northern Beaches Cycling Club (NBCC) juniors Tom Englebert and Curtis Atkinson worked together to finish fourth and fifth respectively, with podium positions dominated by South West Cycle Club.

Junior rider Hannah Waters had her break-out win in the women’s D grade race, while Tim James claimed second in the C grade open event.

The Drip House/Ascende Capital West Coast Masters Racing was held at Wangara on Sunday.

The E grade field underestimated Riana Rose at their peril as she was never headed after a second lap breakaway and went on to win by 20 seconds.

Teammates Jon Kelly (second) and Rebecca Schultz (third) rounded out a trifecta for NBCC.

With the largest single team of eight riders in D grade, the race director’s pre-race briefing included a suggestion that all other teams work together to defeat the club.

With two prior sprint victories, Richard Stokes was a marked man; an impromptu change in race tactics was required.

Russell Kingham and Paul Greeney broke from the field early and worked hard together to try stay away from the field.

With the pace of the peloton largely controlled by NBCC teammates, Chris Jackson made a solo break and bridged the gap to join the leaders.

In a powerful display, Jackson went on to win with Kingham second and Greeney third.

In C grade, NBCC riders tested and pushed the pace before Duncan Rogers finished second in a bunch sprint.

Justin Schultz continued his consistent improvement in B grade to finish fourth – at presentations, his wife Rebecca reminded him that she had made podium when he did not.

NBCC will host the Yanchep Beach Joint Venture Challenge criterium event at Yanchep National Park this Sunday. Racing starts at 7.30am.