Race Report Motorplex 16 March 2014

Travis Meyer leads A grade breakaway

Travis Meyer leads the A grade breakaway up the climb at the back of the Motorplex. photo by Nick Cowie

In a final hit out before the Tour de Perth, a number of Perth best cyclists took to the Motorplex including Travis Meyer formerly Orica GreenEdge now Drapac Racing and 6 riders from the Perth based Nationa Road Series team Giant Satalyst. Which was going to make it hard day in the saddle for the locals.

In the juniors, four riders make a break on the first lap and at the end of the next lap it was Hugo Clegg first, Sam Traianedes second and Grayson Renn third.

E grade had a small field which was quickly whittle down to three riders with Phil Edwards winning from Zoe Stolton and Jake Brown third.

The ranks of D grade where swelled by a number of visitors from the Midland Cycle Club. As a result the pace was faster than usual, shedding a few riders and ending in small bunch sprint. Which was won by local track specialist Tyler Aston from visitors Lachlan Connan and Luke Howe second and third.

C grade shed a few riders early, but the remainder of the bunch stayed together for the final sprint which was won by Nigel Stella from Jordan Chamberlain and Paul Lee third.

B grade saw Brent Mansfield establish an early break and stay away to collect the win. Adam Wise took second and Matthew Johnston third in a bunch sprint for the minor places.

A grade was raced at a brutal pace, with a break of eight riders including Meyer and 5 from the Giant Satalyst team established after a few laps and staying the full distance. In the end it was the numbers of Giant Satalyst with two of their team Matthew Jackson and Theo Yates unable to be split on the line and sharing the win.

Matthew Jackson and Theo Yates dead heat

You can’t split the winners Matthew Jackson and Theo Yates. photo by Peter Moyses