May 21 2017

Race Report – Serpentine 20 May 2017

The weather and the Elements Road Series the next day, may of kept a few riders aways from the club race at Serpentine last Saturday, the racing was exciting as ever.

Two riders took the challenge of 4 laps of the 8.8 kilometre circuit in E grade. Simon Stolton rode away from Deb Reid after the first lap, quickly realised the weather conditions with rain and crosswinds, were going to be tough on a solo rider and dropped back to Reid. The pair worked together to get to the finish where Stolton outsprint Reid to take victory.

Matthew Colum sprint to victory in D grade

Matthew Colum sprint to victory in D grade

D grade split on the first lap, with five riding away from the rest. The five worked together over the next four laps, to make sure the other riders could not get back. At times the pace was high and riders struggled, but they remained together for the sprint which was won by Matthew Colum, with first time racer Joel Bohórquez second and Calum Milne third.

It was a flying first lap for C grade, which did not split the bunch, the pace eased a little by the second lap and by the third lap attacks would be launched, riders put into difficultly, the pace would ease back and everybody would recover. In the end it was a bunch sprint which was won by Jordan Chamberlain, with James Porter second.

Jordan Chamberlin wins the bunch sprint in C grade

Jordan Chamberlin wins the bunch sprint in C grade

B grade followed a similar pattern to C. The first two laps were fast, the pace eased back after that. The attacks were faster, more frequent and longer than C grade, but with the same result. The bunch stayed together and in the sprint it was Luke Colum first, Simon Breheny second and Dominic Da Silva third.

Luke Colum second race in B grade, wins the bunch sprint

Luke Colum second race in B grade, wins the bunch sprint

It was totally different race in A grade with Satalyst Verve Racing’s Tim Sellar launching an attack and establishing a small break by the end of the first lap. The bunch worked together to keep Sellar in sight. After 90 minutes of riding at an average of 40 kilometres an hour the bunch reeled in Sellar in at the start of the last lap. This started the attacks and counter attacks. By the time the bunch swung onto Karnup Road for the last time 5 kilometres later, there were only four riders left. At the finish it was only Sellar and Wade Longworth on his return from injury left. Longworth was the fresher of the two and won the sprint, a gallant Sellar was second and Alistair Milne continue his great start to the road season with third.