Last Saturday afternoon the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis saw the start of the Club’s winter season with a record number of 112 riders across five grades.
E grade with the smallest number of riders, quickly disintegrated. With Patrick Burnside riding away from the group to take the win and a promotion to D grade. Heather Connan had a lonely chase for second and Joshua Trienne finished third.
D grade saw club stalwart Clint Hort do most of the pace making, as much younger and a couple of older riders sat in his wheel. Hort may of spent energy setting the pace, but had enough in reserve to win the bunch sprint, with Cooper Bates second and Matthew Colum third.
The biggest group of the day, 36 riders started in C grade. After a fast start which put a few riders into difficultly. The race quickly became, attack, chase down, attack, chase down, repeat as nobody was willing to let another rider get away, in the bunch sprint contested by 24 riders, it was Kurt Harmer first, Jordan Chamberlain second and Nelson Smith third.
B grade was a repeat of C grade, except faster. The first couple of laps were fast, a few riders were dropped, as riders attacked and everybody else chased. The attacks and chasing continued for 60 kilometres, before a big bunch sprint, which was won by Lawrence Considine, C grade club criterium champion Luke Colum in his first start in B grade finished second and Kelana Saleh was third.
A grade was even more aggressive, though this time at least the breaks lasted more than a couple of hundred metres. With a lap to go, the bunch was altogether and looking calm. The final lap was attack and counter attack. Rounding the final bend it was Joseph Breheny and Greg Rossiter, being chased by Alister Milne with the bunch in hot pursuit. Rossiter had no answer to Breheny sprint, as Breheny took the win, Rossiter rolled over the line in second, Milne claimed third and his second podium finish at Dog Hill in seven days.