Last Sunday saw some international glamour as three members of the Lithuanian womens’s track development team raced in Peel Districts Cycling Club A grade criterium at Smeaton Way in Rockingham. These young women all under 19 years of age, currently enjoying a training camp in Perth, made a major impact on the race and outperformed most of the older male riders.
The race was run at a frantic pace, averaging 43 kilometres an hour, there was constant attempts at breakaways. While none featured our Lithuanian visitors, they were instrumental in chasing a number down. With 15 minutes to go, under 19 rider and winner last week at the Motorplex, Conor Leahy was in a break with another rider. Next lap Conor was alone at the front being chased by the Lithuanians. Two laps later, other riders realised the gravity of the situation and joined the chase.
Riders attempted to cross the gap, without success, disrupting the chase. On the final lap Heska Prasetya and under 17 rider Tyler Lindorff managed to get a break. However, they could not catch Leahy, who took the win. Prasetya was second and Lindorff third. Ansrine Trebaite was the best of the international visitors in eighth.
B grade was another fast race, dominated by another under 19 team, the OTOC-Vault development squad. Again numerous breaks were attempted, none where successful, it the end it was a bunch sprint with OTOC-Vault taking out the first four places. With Julian Krohn first, Luke Howe second and Sebatian Barrett third.
The C grade race, while it did not feature any development teams, did involve a number of younger riders. However, it was the older riders who got the results. After a surging pace, which saw riders attack but never threaten to get away, then slow, then another rider would attack, before it slowed again. Julian Bleddyn attacked with one lap to go, there was a brief hesitation, and that was all that Bleddyn needed to secure the win. Robert Collins was at the head of the chasers for second and Ron Mcarthur third.
The D grade race, included the only rider to race E grade. Todd Brown did an admirable ride to finish in the D grade bunch in 9th and likely gain promotion. The race also saw a number of attacks, which were quickly chased down. In the sprint it was another young women track rider Dharlia Haines taking the honours, from Oliver Bleddyn and the experienced Dave Simmons in third.
The two lap junior race was won by Madisson Mcauliffe, with Tom Ryan on a single speed BMX second and Dakota Ramos third.
Peel District Cycling now takes a break until January 10.