Race Report Casuarina 13 June 2015

Ryan Willmot (front) and Logan Calder in the successful A grade breakaway photo by Nick Cowie

Ryan Willmot (front) and Logan Calder in the successful A grade breakaway photo by Nick Cowie

There was another good turnout with almost 100 riders racing at Casuarina last Saturday afternoon.

By the second lap of A grade, there was a two rider breakaway of Logan Calder and Ryan Willmot. The bunch made no concerted effort to bring the pair back. They did chase down any attempts to bridge across. The group did keep the pair in sight, but allowed the gap to creep out to 45 seconds by the end of the sixth of eight laps. With nobody willing to commit to the chase Wade Longworth and Conor Leahy attacked, got clear and start their pursuit. However, Calder and Willmot were too strong and stayed away. Willmot had enough energy to sprint for the win, Calder rolled across the line spent for second. Longworth took the two up sprint for third from Leahy, with the bunch a few seconds behind.

It was the largest B grade race in memory with 34 riders. The big bunch was also more attentive, while there were attacks and small groups of riders did get off the front. A break was never established, it always looked like it would finish in a bunch sprint and it did. With Martin Dolincheck first, Peter Bellchamber second and Benjamin Jackson third.

C grade was even more tightly controlled by the bunch, any attempted to breakaway was quickly chased down. It too ended in a bunch sprint with Richard Maude first, Xavier Cooper second and
Nicholas Hennessy third.

Oliver Bleddyn (front)  and Zoe Stolton about to start the final lap of D grade

Oliver Bleddyn (front) and Zoe Stolton about to start the final lap of D grade

With a much smaller field, D grade was going to be a race of attrition given the wind and the short sharp climbs on the course. On the final lap it was a race in two between Oliver Bleddyn and Zoe Stolton. Stolton rode away on the finishing straight to take the win, Bleddyn was second and Phil Edwards third.

The E grade attrition rate was not as high, the group lost a few of their number, but it was from a group of four that Calum Milne sprinted to victory, with James Hoops second and Krystan Hoops third.

Oliver Bleddyn (front)  and Zoe Stolton about to start the final lap of D grade

Oliver Bleddyn (front) and Zoe Stolton about to start the final lap of D grade