Race Report Serpentine 26 April 2014

Adam Farrel winning C grade sprint

Adam Farrel winning the C grade sprint

67 riders braved the winds, grey skies and forecast rain for Peel Districts Cycling Club’s first road race of the season at Serpentine.

The juniors race of a single supervised lap of the 8.8km circuit saw Lowen Ferry out sprint Todd Brown for the win, with Ari Zuvela third.

While the juniors had good conditions to race, nature was not so kind with everybody else, with rain and stronger winds setting in and making for challenging racing.

A grade started with some very fast laps and the bunch went from 15, to 9 then 6 and finally 3, due to aggressive racing, difficult conditions, a couple of punctures and a minor accident. With Wade Longworth winning, Vaughn Berge second and Ryan Willmott third.

B grade was also a race of attrition, though without the punctures or accidents. With only 7 of the 15 starters in the final group. Paul Kirby attacked early, Paul Lee chased hard and caught Kirby on the line to win by less than a centimetre after over 60 kilometres of racing. Matthew Swan was a few seconds back in third.

The early laps of C grade were fast with a number of attacks. However, only a couple of riders were dropped. A furious last lap saw riders scattered all over the course as Adam Farrell won the sprint from the reduced bunch, with Gary Harbeck second and Eddie Wojcik third.

With fewer riders in both D and E grade, the racing was less aggressive but still challenging. Both races resulted in bunch sprints with almost all starters involved. In D grade, Luke Howie won with Lara Devenish second and Art Connor third. In E grade, John Chalmers won the sprint from Zoe Stolton and Joshue Brown third.

The road racing season continues next Saturday at Wandi and a time trial at Hopelands on Sunday.