Sunday saw the Peel District Cycling Club host the State Junior Road Race Championship at the Dog Hill circuit in Baldivis. The circuit contrary to it’s name is flat, it actually circumnavigates Dog Hill. The circuit is still challenging with crosswinds and often it is the smartest not the strongest rider that wins.
This year was the first time for under 11 riders, with 3 male, 6 female racers and a dozen chaperones. With the course being 10.7km and the maximum race distance allowed being 8 kilometres. There was a 2.7 kilometre neutral section, before the racing started, to the relief of some chaperones. Once the racing started, the group quickly broke up. In the run to the line, it was a sprint between the best male and female riders. With Luca Woods first across the line in the under 11 boys. Narrowly ahead of Lily Smith winner of the under 11 girl, second in that category was Cordellia Williamson only a few seconds behind the leading pair, with Dakota Sime third. Second in under 11 boys was Jaco Nel and Kitanee Boulton was third.
The under 13 races was also combined. The pace was frantic over the 20 kilometres, with Thomas Alexander riding away to take victory in the under 13 boys. Isabella Commons rode away from her competition in the under 13 girls, in the company of two boys Jordan Williams and Rusty Wisewould. Commons sat up in sight of the line to see Williams out sprint Wisewould to take second. Commons took the win in the under 13 girls, with Sally Carter taking second in a sprint with Zara Williamson.
The under 15 races were seperate and this lead to a very tactical race in the under 15 girls. The pace for the first two laps was slow, with the group being passed by the under 13s. The pace picked up for the the third and final lap, it was still a bunch sprint won by Emily Wiggins, with Jessica Waldron second and Kyla Gilbertson third.
The under 15 boys, was a very different race, after a few solo attacks, the bunch split in two. The front bunch worked together to establish a good margin. Before the solo attacks started again. But all riders, rode within themselves. In the reduced bunch sprint it was Joshua Commons first, John Carter second and Joshua Howe third.
The under 17 women, the race was on from the start with the three strongest riders quickly establishing a break, catching the men who started over a minute in front of them and then building a lead, all in the first lap. The trio kept working together over the next six laps to stay away. The occasionally test each other with little attacks, but in the end it came down to the sprint which was won by Danica Wiggins, from Dharlia Haines second and Laura Hodges third.
The under 17 men, started slow and slowly picked up the pace with some aggressive and attacking race. On the final lap the bunch had been reduced from eighteen to eight, despite some late attacks it was a reduced bunch sprint won by Peel District’s Jordan Dawson, with Riley Heslop second and James Derrick third.
With only two under 19 women, started with the men Cassia Boglio was one of the first casualties on the pace of the men’s bunch. Emily Mascaro, who just returned from representing Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, lasted longer. When Mascaro was dropped from the men’s group she had built up a solid lead and maintained most of it during the race. With a lap to go Mascaro had over two minute lead, but was tiring. Boglio was slowly gaining and finally had Mascaro in her sights, on the last lap. Mascaro held on to win, with Boglio finishing less than 30 seconds behind.
The under 19 mens race, saw aggressive racing from the start. With attacks, breaks forming, being chased down and riders dropped. Then with four laps to go Xavier Cooper attacked, the bunch did not reacted and Cooper built up a good lead. With two laps to go Cooper had a 90 second lead over the bunch, which could not organised a chase. Aron Barclay then attacked, with a lap to go. Cooper had a 40 second over Barclay with the bunch 40 seconds further back. The final lap was not kind to Cooper who suffered from cramps as he was first caught by Barclay and then by the remains of the bunch. Barclay maintained his lead to take the win. Bryce Lanigan attacked out of the bunch late on the last lap to take second and Craig Wiggins was the fastest to line in the small chase group for third.