Race report Serpentine 18 July 2015

Another big field of riders enjoyed great racing conditions at Serpentine last Saturday.

Alex Vukovich takes win in A

Alex Vukovich takes win in A

A grade was a typical aggressive race, on the 5th lap a rider was off the front, the next lap four riders bridged across. The breakaway of five stayed away until the finish two laps later. In the small bunch sprint it was Alec Vukovich first, with Luke Pledger second and Luke Banham third.

Tyler  manages to stay away from the chasing pack to take the win in B

Tyler manages to stay away from the chasing pack to take the win in B

B grade was again the biggest field with 31 riders. With a large number of riders, it was going to be difficult to form a breakaway. While a few riders tried, they never got very far. It looked like it was going to be a bunch sprint, when Tyler Lindorf attacked just before the final corner with three kilometres to go. Lindorf produced a strong solo effort to take the win a few seconds ahead of the chasing peleton. With John Bouwknegt second and Kurt Harmer third.

It was close for second in B grade

It was close for second in B grade

The pace was so high in C grade, there was only limited opportunity for attacking. Round the last corner there was fifteen riders in the group. Less than three kilometres later, the pace was so high there was only five riders contesting the sprint which was won by Ron Mcarthur, with Danny Savage second and Xavier Cooper third.

There was a smaller bunch in D grade, a couple of riders got dropped early, but the bunch was together round the final corner and then the bunch got strung out on the run to the line. With Tom Power taking the win, with Stephanie Lim second and Dave Simmons third.

E grade broke apart by the second lap with Matthew Connan alone at the front chased by Ken Portman and his 65 year junior companion James Hoops. The pair chased hard, but Connan was too strong and took the solo win. Hoops rode away in last few hundred metres to claim second, with Portman third.

The racing takes a two week before returning on 8 August at Dog Hill, Baldivis.