Riders set off from Dwellingup in seven groups based on their ability, with three-minute intervals between starts.
Despite starting in the fourth group, Connan and Jordan Dawson, last year�s first and second place-getters respectively, were again able to chase down the race leaders and battle it out between themselves.
The ride to Pinjarra was frantic as riders jostled for position and tried to chase down the groups in front, while staying ahead of those behind them and trying to conserve energy for the ride back up the scarp from Pinjarra.
A false flat on the ride back to Dwellingup had the first four groups come together to form a bunch of almost 20 riders, from where Connan and Dawson launched their attack.
The pair rode away from the peloton before Connan broke from Dawson and held on for the win, two seconds ahead of Dawson. In a sprint to the line, it was under-17 rider Conor Leahy who claimed third overall and registered the fastest time of the day.
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