Race Report Parklands 18 January 2015

The racing returned to Parklands, which is a very different from the usual criterium which is held on a short flat circuit in an industrial estate. A four kilometre circuit including a 400 metre climb, which tops out at 8% in rural Parklands. As the climb is some distance from the finish, it give both climbers and sprinters a chance and leads to aggressive racing.

The juniors were spared the climb and rode an altered course. Harry Maude won the race in a tight sprint from Luke Steele.

Baden Gray attacked the E grade bunch on the second lap and stayed away, until a flying final lap by Robert Huntingdon, saw him catch and pass Gray to take the win. Gray was second and Jackie Lovegrove lead the remains of the bunch home for third.

D grade saw Matt Walker attacked fourth lap, Ron Mcarthur chased hard for the next two and a half laps but did not catch him. Walker was first, Mcarthur second and Tom Power winning the bunch sprint for third.

In C grade attacks started on the climb on the second lap and this was repeated every lap after. There was only four of the twelve starters left in the bunch for the sprint to the line, with Cameron Nobbs first, Bruce Barrington second and Jordan Dawson third.

B grade was aggressive from the start, however after a few fast laps. Everything calmed down and in the only bunch sprint on the day for the win. Conor Leahy was first across the line, with Kurt Harmer second and Peter Mills third,

A grade saw Ryan Willmot attacked from the start. At first he was off the front with Rob Ramirez, then there was a group of four, then Willmot was solo and building what looked like a race winning lead. Until Theo Yates and Wade Longworth attacked out of the chasing bunch and caught Willmot with two laps to go. A couple of riders tried to bridge solo but it was never going to be. In the sprint to the line it was Yates first, Longworth second and Willmot third.