Race Report – Dog Hill 7 May 2016

Clear skies and a strong southerly greeted the riders at the Dog Hill circuit. The wind impacted on every race and each grade was different.

With only two riders, E grade started with D grade. Unfortunately the D grade pace was too high and the pair had to work together to survive their 20 kilometre race. In the sight of the line Alfie Cronin attacked to take the win, with Joshua Trinne second.

D grade with only four riders rode a very tactical race. The strongest rider would attack, get a small break, the other three riders worked together to bring them back. The race would then slow, riders would recover and then another attack. It was always going to be a four way sprint, which was won by Joshua Howe, with Katherine Dines second and Harrison Roberts third.

Joshua Howe wins D grade

Joshua Howe wins D grade


With twelve riders, C grade saw the stronger riders sit on the front and set a hard pace, shedding a rider or two each lap. With a lap to go there was six riders, which became three with Carl Beck taking the win, with Paul Hutchinson second and James McCartney third.

With 31 riders in B grade, there were plenty of places to get protection from the wind in the bunch and none for any breakaway. A few riders tried getting away, but none survived. In the bunch sprint it was Kelana Saleh taking his first win in B grade after a number of placings. Ben Konigsdorfer second and Daniel Trinne third.

Kelana Saleh taking his first win in B grade

Kelana Saleh taking his first win in B grade


After an early attack it looked like the 15 riders of A grade would stay together. On the third lap, cracks started appearing as riders struggled to close gaps. Two laps later, the front of the race was down to five. With a chase group of seven as riders who were dropped in ones and twos, regrouped to try and get back on. Even with the chase group picking up new riders, they were losing more trying to match the pace of the lead group, who rode away. In the end a late attack by Matt Upton from the lead group saw him take victory, with Luke Pledger second and Luke Banham third.