Race Report 13 March 2016 Smeaton Way

With the Grand Fondo World Series in Perth last Sunday with the chance to qualify for the World Championship in Perth in September. It was expected the numbers racing at Smeaton Way in Rockingham would be down. While the number of riders were down, particularly in A grade. There was good numbers in B, C and D grade.

There was only two riders in juniors. With almost one minute handicap Dakota Sime, chased down a valiant Daniel Crack to take the win.

D grade saw a number of attacks, with nothing sticking, until with two laps to go three riders broke away and stayed away, with Matthew Colum taking the win in the run to the line, with Ryan Jewell second and Jason Duryea third.

In one of the biggest C grade races this season, a number of riders regularly attacked, but nobody got away. In the bunch sprint it was Jordan Minchin first, Albert Ullbricht second and Callum Henderson third.

Greg Bale wins B grade

Greg Bale wins B grade

Halfway through the B grade race Peter Clark attacked and got away. With only a few laps left Greg Bale attacked and managed to bridge to the tiring Clark, with two laps to go. The bunch then reacted and started chasing as Bale rode away from Clark. The bunch caught Clark with half a lap to go, but feel just short as Bale won by a few bike lengths, with Kelana Saleh second and Rob Collings third.

A grade saw Jonathon Sammut and Liam Magowan attack early. There was no immediate reaction from bunch and the two established a sizeable break. Halfway through the race, the chase started in earnest, breaking the pursuing group in two. There was a brief lull when the two riders at the front became nine, then Conor Leahy attacked. This broke the group apart and Leahy rode away for the win. Sammut was second and Tyler Lindorff took third.

A grade chasers

A grade chasing the breakaway

Grand Fondo World Series, which was raced from Perth to Mundaring and return, saw a number of good performances from Peel District Cycling Club members and race regulars. Nicholas Graeme-Dawson who won last week at the Motorplex was first in the male 19 to 34 age group, with Peel member Wade Longworth second. State masters road race champion and peel member Luke Pledger was second in the male 35 to 39 age group. Colin Rose managed 8th in 50 to 54 age group after fourth in the time trial on Friday. Peter Mills was 7th in 55 to 59 age group after an impressive win in the time trial, giving him a good chance at the world championship in September.