Race Report – Parklands 14 February 2015

Racing returned to the Parklands course, just north east of Mandurah on Sunday. A favourite of some riders and a bane of others with the 400 metre climb on a rural 4 kilometre circuit. Very different from the usual criterium circuit with is normally flat, 1 to 2 kilometre in length and held in a industrial setting.

The juniors where fortunate, they rode an altered course which avoided the climb. This saw Dakota Sime take the win from Tommy Ryan.

There was only one rider in E grade this week, Saffron Pedrana was tasked with holding on to D grade. Saffron survived until the first climb, then rode with her chaperone for two laps to earn the pizza offered for all winners by sponsor Crust Pizza.

D grade

The young guns of D grade move to the front, before their successful attack – photo by Alison Ramos

D grade consists of a mix of young riders and experienced riders. Last week at the flat Smeaton Way circuit, the older experienced riders used their power and unrestricted gearing to race away in the sprint to take all the podium places. This week on the fourth and penultimate lap, the younger riders made use of their power to weight ratio advantage and escape on the climb. They stayed away on the final lap, with Matthew Connan taking the win, from Joanne Cowburn second and Mathew Colum third.

The younger riders in C grade, did not show that level on patience. On the first time up the climb the grade broke in three groups. The first group stayed away, on the final climb Oliver Bleddyn managed to escaped only to be mown down on the run to the finish, with Aron Barclay first, Chaice Kelly-Wilson second and Bleddyn third.

The C grade break on the climb  - photo by Alison Ramos

The C grade break on the climb – photo by Alison Ramos

With over 25 riders, B grade saw a number of attacks, but the number of riders and the strong easterly, made sure all attacks were brought back. In charge to the line it was John Bouwknegt first, Jordan Dawson second and Michael Polmear third.

John Bouwknegt the winner right, Jordan Dawson second, second right on the front of the bunch - photo by Alison Ramos

John Bouwknegt the winner right, Jordan Dawson second, second right on the front of the bunch – photo by Alison Ramos

The A grade race was very similar, despite numerous attacks, a strong easterly and large number of riders willing to chase attacks, made sure that the race would finish in a bunch sprint, which was won by Wade Longworth, with Conor Leahy second and Matthew Peterson third.