Last Sunday saw the running of the Pinjarra Classic the premier race on the Peel District Cycling Club calendar. This year saw a record turn out of over two hundred riders competing across four grade as well as under 17 men and women races.
A grade is the only grade which races two laps of 68km circuit which starts in Pinjarra, climbs Pinjarra Willams Road to Dwellingup, before turning into Del Park Road for an undulating 20 kilometres, before a rapid descent into North Dandalup, before the final flat and wind swept 25 kilometres return to Pinjarra.
A grade appeared to be a race between Travis Meyer and Graeme Brown of Drapac Professional Cycling who recently returned from racing in Canada and five members of the Navitas Satalyst Racing Team. There were a number of attacks and counters attacks, with both teams well represented. Meanwhile, Navitas Satalyst Racing Team used their superior numbers to secure all three places in the King of the Mountain competition, which was won by Darcy Pirotta. There was only seven riders left in the sprint to the line, which saw Brown an Olympic Gold medalist and multiple world champion on the track win. Another track racer recently returned from America, Stephen Hall of the OTOC-Vault team second and Jono Bolton of Navitas Satalyst Racing Team third. Sam Smith was the first masters (over 40) rider home in forth position overall.
B grade was the largest field of the day with 60 riders, including some of Western Australia’s finest women riders. While there were a number of attempted breaks on the climb to Dwellingup, the bunch stayed intact. It was only on the descent into North Dandalup, three riders got away and the stayed away, before being caught with two kilometres to go. Suddenly there was 40 riders jockeying for position in the sprint which was won by Ben McGrath, from Conor Sherwin with Thomas O’Neill the top masters rider in third. Jessica Allen was the first women home, with Liz Leyden second and Zoe Clayton third.
The under 17 men’s race, only had a small field of 15 riders, which was quickly reduced on the climb and further reduced as the race continued. With only four riders competing for the win. It was recently crowned Under 17 National Criterium Champion Craig Wiggins first, with Jayden Waters seconds and Bryce Lanigin third.
C formed into three big groups on the climb into Dwelligup an that is they way it stayed for the whole race, with Dale Blincow winning the reduced bunch sprint, with Grant Eikelboom second, Patrick Quinlan third and Wayne Deany the first masters rider forth. Sarah Smith was the first C grade women rider home.
D grade included the under 17 women, and while the approach to the climb was gentle. The pace was savage up the climb. With three riders getting away and a very reduced bunch of a dozen riders chasing. Two of the three breakaway riders were caught on Del Park road, but Elar Kalda put in a very strong effort in the wind to take the solo win. Luke Colum took the reduced bunch sprint for second and Phil Milburn was the first masters rider and third overall. Emily Mascaro took the double of first women and first under 17 women rider.
The Peel District Cycling Club would like to thank the sponsors Alcoa, MZI Resources, Mandurah Murray Mayday Club and Crust Pizzas (Rockingham, Baldivis and Mandurah), as without their support this race would not be possible.