Race Report – Casuarina – 11 July 2015

The Casuarina circuit is fast becoming a favourite amongst club members and visitors with 100 riders racing last Saturday, including a incredible 37 in B grade.

Will Heath winning A grade

Will Heath winning A grade

In A grade, it looked like a repeat of the last race here when Ryan Willmot and Logan Calder got away on the first lap. The pursuing bunch broke into four small groups and it looked like the pair would stay away again for the whole race. The first group slowly reeled in the pair and kept the pace up to stay away from the other riders who had now formed one big group. In the small bunch sprint it was Will Heath first, Calder second again and Conor Leahy third.

With a big bunch in B, it was going to take a special effort to get away from the pack. A few riders tried but none were successful and it was a bunch sprint with Max Collier first, Andrew Brown second and Ben Mcgrath third.

B grade bunch

37 riders in B grade

It was a typical C grade race, a very aggressive start, a couple of fast laps, a few riders getting dropped. Then things settled down for next couple of laps before the bunch sprint. Which was won by Corey Gadzionis, with Clint Slomp second and Darren Lee third.

In D grade, Ian Dow-Vine managed to slip off the front a couple of occasions. On the third lap when Jenny Sullivan and Dharlia Haines started to bridge across to Dow-Vine, the other riders reacted. By the end of that lap there was five riders at the front and the others were chasing on their own. The next two laps saw the riders at the front keep the pace up and stay away. In the sprint Heinrich Williamson took the win, by the narrowest of margins from Dow-Vine with Haines third.

E grade a mix of youth and experience

E grade a mix of youth and experience

It was good to see a large field in E grade, a good mix of youth and experience. On the second lap, a breakaway of four was formed. On the fourth and final lap, Mathew Connan attacked the breakaway and took a solo victory. James Hoops took the sprint for second, with John Chalmers third.