Race Report – 22 December 2013 Kwinana Motorplex Criterium

It was good to see a large number of young riders from outside the club, racing on the 1.6km traffic free circuit within the Motorplex. The weather returned to normal for the Motorplex this week, the temperatures were down and wind up. The strong easterly had a impact on most grades of racing.

Eleven juniors started and completed the 4.8km race. A special mention must be made of Grayson Renn who competed on a mountain bike with suspension and knobbly tyres. The wind did not seem to bother Elliott Roberts as he made a audition for grade racing by attacking from the start and staying away for the full three laps. A group of five riders gave chase but did not get close, Sam Traianedes winning the sprint for second from Todd Brown, followed by Jake Brown and Ari Zuvela.

The wind kept the attacks to a minimum from D grade and a large group contested the sprint finish. With Phil Devenish returning to his winning ways, less than three months after open heart surgery. Carly Scott was second and Scott McMaster third.

With the teams event in Bentley, there was only two A grade riders racing today, so A was combined with B grade. The two A grade riders effectively marked themselves out of the race. Which meant the B grade riders did all of the attacking. While there was a number of attacks, none where successful. There was a high attrition rate compared to the other grades, with only about half the starters taking part in the sprint.

It was the two A graders showing a good turn of speed in the final sprint with Nathan Lyons winning from Paul Cheng. With the B grade battle for honours going to Cambell Smith with Michael Polmear second and Luke Matthews third.

C grade was another sprint finish, though at one stage it looked like two riders might make a successful break. In the end it was Shane Vaisey first, Steven Mcconnachie second and Paul Zuvela third.

After four bunch sprints, nobody told Jordan Dawson that E grade should finish in a sprint. He attacked early, with Ethan Mcconnachie covering the attack, the two then rode away from the rest of the field. Jordan who did all the work, attacked on the approach to the last lap, Ethan chased Jordan down, then counter attacked down the back straight, only to see Jordan attack again out off the final corner and drive to the line for the win.

In the battle for the minor placings it was youth over experience, Lauren Wilhuisen third, then Zoe Stolton, Xavier Cooper and Ken Portman (who has 60 years more experience than most his competitors).