Every time the Peel District Cycling Club races at the Motorplex, the weather puts on a challenge. Everyone was expecting rain, instead they had a strong 30kph Westerly gusting to 45. Which had a impact on all the races.
The junior race was a Dawson family affair, with the longest legs and biggest wheels in bunch Kayla Dawson scored a convincing win. Rhys Dawson was alone in second and tiring, when he was told his sister was going to catch him. He found the energy and raced away to take second, his pursuer Lacey Dawson was third.
D grade was the normal race of attrition with riders out the back. Until the fifth lap when Josh Brown and Robert Huntington attacked and got a break. With Brown attacking on the last lap to take the win, Huntington was second. Simon Stolton leads the remains of the bunch home for third.
With C grade, Jason Bailey attacked on the second lap, by the fifth lap the bunch had exploded in the pursuit with riders spread around the course in singles and pairs. With two laps to go Bailey was caught by Tim Watson. They stayed together and in final sprint it was Watson first and Bailey second. Peter Clark another solo chaser was third.
The only group that stayed together was B. Halfway through the race Tyler Lindorff attacked, the bunch was strung out in pursuit. After a couple of laps Lindorff had a good lead and the bunch had regrouped. Battered by the wind the bunch stayed together, unable or unwillingly to chase the lone leader. Lindorff stay away for a convincing win. Mark Glorie took the bunch sprint for second with Cameron Nobbs third.
Win the first two laps a group of three riders had got away, the bunch did not seem interested in chasing at first. When they did, just like all the grades that went before then, the bunch exploded into small groups. As the race wore on, in the breakaway, teammates Luke Banham and Andrew Simpson attacked Rob Ramierz and in the end Banham and Simpson rode away from Ramierz. With Simpson winning the sprint. Banham second and Ramierz third.
The wind also played a part in the second and final leg of the Brian Whiteway 2-up time trial held last Wednesday. With the first 8 kilometres into a strong southerly, and the 8 kilometre return assisted by a strong tailwind. In these trying conditions Stephen Leahy and Kurt Harmer rode within two seconds of their best time to win on the night and secure overall victory. Nick Cowie and Eddie Wojick were second. With Jordan Dawson and Conor Leahy struggling to maintain speed on the return leg due to restricted junior gearing third.