Strong southerly sorts riders on Serpentine circuit


Above: Matt Peterson takes the win in A-grade. Left: Hayden Turton on the front of the final A-grade break on Saturday.
Pictures: Nick Cowie
Left: Oliver Bleddyn and Toby Dew outsprinted much more experienced and older opposition in C-grade at |Serpentine. Right: Michael Jensen wins B-grade.
Strong southerly sorts riders on Serpentine circuit
Strong southerly sorts riders on Serpentine circuit
Strong southerly sorts riders on Serpentine circuit
Strong southerly sorts riders on Serpentine circuit
Above: Matt Peterson takes the win in A-grade. Left: Hayden Turton on the front of the final A-grade break on Saturday. Pictures: Nick Cowie Left: Oliver Bleddyn and Toby Dew outsprinted much more experienced and older opposition in C-grade at |Serpentine. Right: Michael Jensen wins B-grade.

PEEL District Cycling Club returned to race at the Serpentine circuit in sunny conditions last Saturday, with enough of a southerly wind to break up almost all grades.

E-grade was the exception, with Callum Milne attacking on the penultimate lap to take victory from Joshua Trine.

The split in D-grade happened on the second lap, with the leading group splitting again a couple of laps later, leaving individual riders spread across the course.

Joshua Howe took line honours, with Colin Day second and Clinton Hort third.

C-grade split on the first lap, with two groups forming, and a reduced bunch sprint finish was claimed by Oliver Bleddyn, with Toby Dew second and Peter Neuzerling third.

B-grade featured a number of attacks before the bunch split in two on the third lap and the front group rode away.

It was Michael Jensen first, Ben Konigsdorfer and Craig James third as they sprinted to the line.

There were attacks, breakaways, chase-downs and counterattacks in A-grade until the sixth lap, when a break of seven riders formed, staying away for the final two laps to the finish.

It was Matt Peterson first for the second time in two weeks, while Hayden Turton claimed second and Jesse Fergie third.

Sunday morning featured the West Coast Masters race on the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis and a few riders backed up from Saturday.

E-grade broke apart on the course and it was a three-rider bunch contesting the finish, with Jon Kelly first, Edward Rose second and Tony Clews third.

After a couple of early attacks, D-grade held together for the remaining five laps.

In the bunch sprint, it was Rod Atkinson first, Richard Stokes second and Russell Kingham third.

C-grade was similar, with early attacks being chased down.

The bunch stayed together and in the sprint it was Greg Smith first, Paul Chartres second and Iain Dow-Vine third.

An aggressive B-grade race was reminded they were racing on rural roads when a tractor on the finish line of the final neutralised the race.

A-grade was an equally aggressive race, with Norm Shattock first, Bernie Swart second and Andrew Brierley third.