Race Report – Collie Donnybrook Return Classic

Twenty riders from Peel Districts Cycling Club, traveled down to Collie for the 89th Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic. Which had a record breaking field of 184 riders race the 106 kilometres from Collie to Donnybrook and return. The race is a handicap and gives amateur riders of all skill levels a chance to race against the pro like Drapac’s Travis Meyer.

Peel's Gary Mason leads the limit bunch towards Mumballup : photo by Garry Hastie

Peel’s Gary Mason leads the limit bunch towards Mumballup : photo by Garry Hastie

The handicapper did a great job, with a group of about 100 riders, with riders from every group from the 8 to 30 minutes group together at Mumballup, the bottom of the tough climb to Collie with another 30 or so riders including the scratch (0 minute) group in hot pursuit.

The big bunch broke up on the climb with a number of smaller groups forming. On the run into Collie, the two lead groups came together. Which resulted in a bunch sprint of over 30 riders in the main street of Collie. Which was won by 18 year old Nicholas Lawler from the South West Cycling Club. With Peel’s Michael Vreeeken 10th, Alexander Williamson 14th and Emily McRedmond the first women home. Meyer lead the scratch group home a few minutes in arrears to take the fastest time.

In the 56km support races, which only rode to Mumballup and return up the same tough climb. Peel’s Peter Mills took second in the over 50’s race.

Nicholas Lawler winning the Collie Donnybrook  : photo by Nick Cowie

Nicholas Lawler winning the Collie Donnybrook : photo by Nick Cowie