Race Report – Club championships Serpentine 12 September 2015

It was fine but very windy when the racing started last Saturday. The conditions were going to be tough, and it was expected most grade would finish in a bunch sprint aided by the strong tailwind down Karnup Road. Instead the wind managed to break every grade up and then the rain and later hail hit as most grades where on the last or second last lap which made chasing down the breakaways even more difficult.

In A grade, six rider slipped off the front at the end of the second lap, by the end of the third lap the breakaway had established a healthy lead. The six remained together and clear until out of the last corner on the seventh and penultimate lap, Luke Pledger accelerate hard and only Ryan Wilmott could follow. Peter Mills and Mikey Hoskens chased hard, as their breakaway companions where swallowed by the pursuing peleton. In the end Pledger was too strong taking the win from Wilmott second and Hoskens third.

Luke Pledger wins A grade

Luke Pledger wins A grade

The bunch stayed together in B grade, until the second last lap, when a trio of riders got away and stayed away to fight out a very wet finish with Martin Clarke first, Andrew Brown second and David Sumich third.

Martin Clarke wins B grade

Martin Clarke wins B grade

The second last lap in C grade saw Mark Crowther make a daring solo attacking into the headwind on Gull Road. The pursuing bunch lost riders chasing and Crowther stayed away for the win. Clint Slomp failed in a late attempt to bridge across, but was well clear for second with Keleana Saleh winning the sprint for third.

D grade exploded on the crosswinds on the third of their five laps with Ashley Clark and Clint Hort getting away. Clark then distance Hort to take the win. With Hort second and Tom Power riding away from the others late in the race to take third.

With only two racers, E grade became a time trial between William Lendrum and Callum Milne, with Ledrum mastering the tough conditions to take the win.