Race report – Smeaton Way Criterium 29 November

Criterium racing returned to the centre of Rockingham, with the Peel District Cycling Club racing a modified Smeaton Way circuit on Sunday morning. The change from the circuit that had be raced for the past few seasons was the inclusion of Beale Way, adding two more corners to the circuit and making the turn onto Smeaton Way safer.

Eleven juniors took to the 1.6 kilometre circuit with chaperones. The youngest riders rode one circuit and the older riders completed two laps. Five year old Rhys Dawson won the one lap race from his sister Lacey Dawson, with Elliot Riley third. In the top lap race it was Madisson McAulisse first, Cheyann Miller second and Dakota Ramos third.

On the first lap of E grade the bunch split, over the next two laps the composition of the two groups changed as a rider was dropped from the front group and another rider managed to bridge across. From there, the front three managed to extend their lead. With Todd Brown sprinting for the win with Ashton Sime second and Mark Maxwood third.

D grade was racing for 30 minutes and a lap. Within 5 minutes, it became apparent that it was going to be be a race of attrition. With riders being dropped and splits in the bunch. In the end there was only 6 riders left on the last lap. Richard Ramos gave his new heart valve a good test and his impressive sprint won the race and promotion to C grade. Dave Simmons was second and Emma Lundrum third.

C grade was less spectacular, a couple of fast early laps, dropped a couple of riders. A series of attacks with 10 minutes to go in the 40 minute race, saw a couple more riders unhitched. In the end it was a bunch sprint, albeit a long sprint won by Aron Barclay with Kelana Saleh second and Daniel Adams third.

In comparison, B grade saw repeated attacks, with one or two riders establishing a break, before being brought back. With a little over two laps to go, two riders attacked. While his companion quickly faltered. Luke Bate managed to stay away to take the solo victory. In the bunch sprint for the minor placings it was Kurt Harmer second and Adam Jones third.

A grade was the largest field of the day with twenty nine riders. The racing was aggressive with riders trying to establish a break. None could and in the end it was a bunch sprint which was won by Theo Yates, with Conor Sherwin second, Thomas Perry third and continuing the good showing of the younger riders under 17 rider Tyler Lindorff was fourth.

Next Sunday the racing is at the Kwinana Motorplex, a favourite of novices and parents of juniors, as the circuit is closed to all other traffic.