90th anniversary record

Warnbro cyclist David Wessels crosses the finishing line in the 90th Collie to Donnybrook. Picture:Toby Brown
Warnbro cyclist David Wessels crosses the finishing line in the 90th Collie to Donnybrook. Picture:Toby Brown

One of Australia�s longest-running road races, the handicap race gives everybody a chance to race riders such as Drapac Professional Cycling�s Graeme Brown and Travis Meyer.

They also had an opportunity to ride with Peel rider Theo Yates, who is training for the Tour of China.

There were 200 entrants in the prestigious race.

The104km race is from Collie to Donnybrook and back again.

The riders started in groups of 10, a minute or two apart, the slowest riders first and the 10 fastest riders made the scratch group, starting 30 minutes behind the first riders.

Peel riders David Wessels (Warnbro), Daniel Gray and Jono Bates were members of the group 16 minutes ahead of scratch.

After a hard-fought race, about 500m from the finish, just before they turned on to the main street, Wessels attacked to take the win.

Bates in his second season of racing was eighth. Sixteen seconds behind Wessels, the scratch group crossed the line, with Brown taking the prize for fastest time and setting a new race record.

Yates recorded the second-fastest time and first under-23 rider. Another young rider from Peel, Jordan Dawson, performed well in the under-15 handicap, finishing third and recording the fastest time.

Road racing returns to the Casuarina circuit next Saturday.

For more information visit pdcc.asn.au.