Race Report – Dwellingup Handicap 30 May 2015

Lachlan Connan winning photo by Peter Moyses

Lachlan Connan winning photo by Peter Moyses

Once a year the Peel District Cycling Club races from Dwellingup to Pinjarra and return in handicap format. Which has riders setting off in groups based on their ability. This year there was seven groups, starting at three minute intervals.

Last year the race was dominated by two then under 15 riders Lachlan Connan and Jordan Dawson, with Connan chasing down Dawson on the tough climb up Williams Road to take the win. This year the two were given a bigger handicap with the pair starting together in the fourth group.

Jordan Dawson still smiling after 44 kilometres

Jordan Dawson still smiling after 44 kilometres

The ride down to Pinjarra is frantic as riders try to catch the groups in front, stay away from the riders behind and try to conserve energy for the big climb. The ride back to Dwellingup starts with a long false flat, which allows the strong groups to make up time on the groups in front. This saw the first four group come to together to form a bunch of almost twenty riders at base of the climb.

Connan and Dawson attacked early on the six kilometre climb and rode away from the group. Connan got small advantage towards the end of the climb and stayed away to take the win. Dawson was only two seconds away to take second.

The final group on the road chased hard and caught all the riders except two by the top of the climb four kilometres from the finish. In the sprint to the line it was another young under 17 rider Conor Leahy to take third overall and fastest time on the day.

Conor Leahy takes third in the sprint

Conor Leahy takes third in the sprint