This weekend’s Pinjarra Classic saw a fantastic turn out, with over 160 riders showing up for a great day of racing, with each race being hotly contested. There were eight races scheduled, four were junior events heading north along Patterson Road, Pinjarra over the flat-lands and four were A, B, C Grades and JM17 heading south east into the hills of the Darling Range.
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The Junior Under 13’s were the first to kick things off for a 20km out and back race, for the four boys and one girl, Elise Nankivell who had won the WA state Under 13 Time Trial Championship the previous day. Tomas Hayward won the u13 category breaking away in a sprint from Dennis Sellar and Peter Scally with Nankivell just off the back. Todd Brown came in half a minute later.
Next in were the under 15 girls with Niken Jefferies taking a close victory over Jemila Anderson, which mirrored their performance in the State Junior ITT Championships the previous day. In the under 15 boys race Connor Lambert crossed the line half a second in front of Jarrod Karel, with Craig Wiggins coming in third.
The under 17 girls rounded out the junior racing with a tight sprint between Shannon Sherwin and Molly Booker with Shannon taking honours and Alicia Buchanan coming in third. These results were a swap around of the State Junior ITT Championships on the Saturday which saw Molly take Gold, Alicia Silver and Shannon Bronze.
Meanwhile, heading in the opposite direction the senior (and JM17) riders were climbing up the scarp heading for Dwellingup. In the first A grade King of the Mountain sprint, Chris Beeck opened his account taking first with Jon Greg coming in second. Once the riders reached Dwellingup the racing turned left to head north west towards North Dandalup. After 15kms the second King of the Mountain sprint took place with Michael Darlington taking the five points.
On the descent to the sand plain Sam Smith and Jon Gregg broke away to build a two and a half minute lead by the end of lap one, which was helped by the peloton being caught by a train at the North Dandalup level crossing. The two leaders continued up into the hills again taking the third and fourth lots of KoM points on the way. However, this did not last long as the leaders were reeled in on the descent and it all came together with a few km’s to go, with Brad Hall taking the victory in a tight sprint from Bradley Robson and Brendon Meney. Hall also took first Master’s prize with Chris Beeck taking second.
B grade was won by local David Rees with Luke Banham coming in second, and Nicholas Mattock rounding out the top three. David Rees also collected the Masters prize on his way to winning B Grade. In the women, Sarah-Jeanne Holland won the first ladies prize with Liz Leyden coming just behind for second.
Thomas Breen took out the C Grade with Charlie Gargett and Troy Fitzgerald coming in second and third respectively. These three riders also took home the Masters prizes. Emily McRedmond was the first out of the women in the C Grade to finish and had a great ride which saw her come 13th overall.
In the Under 17 boys, Sam Welsford who was coming off a great win in the State Junior ITT Championships the previous day, was full of confidence and backed it up with another win for the second day in a row. Michael Storer improved his bronze placing from the previous day to take home silver, with Jai Hindley coming in third.
Thank you to all volunteers and officials involved with making the event a successful and enjoyable one and we look forward to the next one being just as successful.