Race Report 20 March 2016 Parklands

Peter Clark wins the two up sprint in B grade

Peter Clark wins the two up sprint in B grade


Sunday was the last club race at Parklands for this season. Part of the circuit had just been resurfaced, which resulted in a light covering of stones the full length of the 400 metre climb. Which was going to mean a major change in tactics for some riders. You needed to follow the wheel tracks of the cars, otherwise you were riding in loose stones, which meant passing riders, you risked losing traction and made attacking on the climb a gamble.

In the junior race, which was one lap of the 4 kilometre circuit including the climb with chaperones. Tommy Ryan was first, Madison Mcauliffe second, Dakota Sime third and Daniel Crack fourth.

With low numbers in both D & E grade, the grades started together, but that only lasted until the first time up the climb, splitting the two groups. In the end Anita Watters rode away from Saffron Pedrana to take victory in E grade.

D grade dropped a couple of riders during the race, but the group stayed together, with Matthew Colum winning the group sprint from Dave Simmons, with Art Connor third.

C grade was a very similar race, there were a couple of tentative attacks on the climb, the pace resulted in a couple of riders being dropped. However in the end it was a bunch sprint, with Albert Ullbricht first, Callum Henderson second, Emma Lendrum third and Oliver Bleddyn fourth.

After a long solo breakaway in B grade last week, that saw Peter Clark finish at the back of the field. Clark attacked again on the first lap, this time he found an allied in Cade Zulsdorf. The two built up a solid lead, will the bunch started making inroads in the lead over the last couple of laps. The two were never caught, with Clark taking the win, Zulsdorf second and Anthony Mateljan taking the bunch sprint for third.

All eyes are on Conor Leahy in the A grade sprint

All eyes are on Conor Leahy in the A grade sprint

A grade was an aggressive race, but even the the attacks on and over the climb were subdued. In the bunch sprint finish it was Conor Leahy first, Luke Banham second and Lennon Mclintock third.