Race report – Serpentine 6 June 2015

There was a great turn out of almost 100 riders at Serpentine last Saturday. A large number of visitors saw 30 riders in A grade and a very tough race for the locals. While there was constant attacking, team tactics meant it was always going to be a bunch sprint. Which was won by Connor Lambert, with Bernie Swart second and Patrick Hayburn third. Conor Leahy was the best placed Peel rider in seventh.

A grade finish photo by Nick Cowie

A grade finish photo by Nick Cowie

There were 25 riders in B grade and while the attacks were not as aggressive or as frequent as A grade, it was still a tough race for all involved. In bunch sprint it was Paul George first, Craig James second and Paul Lee third.

Paul George winning B grade

Paul George winning B grade – photo by Peter Moyses

C grade also had 25 riders, with a number of people taking advantage of 3 event licence including entry fee for 3 PDCC events for $40, to get a taste of racing. The race looked far less aggressive, as there was only a couple of attacks and these were brought back quickly. It was more that a handful of riders keeping the pace high, making attacking difficult and those that did get off the front were going to get caught quickly. The result was a bunch sprint which was won by Anthony Doherty, with Richard Maude second and first time racer Tom Mattarocchia third.

A smaller field in D grade resulted in race that split up quickly, with riders being dropped regularly. After five laps, there was only three riders challenging for the win. With Callum Henderson first, Max Wilson second and Barry Wilson third.

Zoe Clayton leads home the second bunch in D photo by Peter Moyses

Zoe Clayton leads home the second bunch in D photo by Peter Moyses

A big thank you in E grade to Judy Gibson and Simon Stolton who gave up their chances to make sure junior riders who got dropped got to the finish safely. In the end it was three juniors racing for the win, with Alex Maude first, Matthew Connan second and William Lendrum third.