Race report – Serpentine 14 May 2016

Saturday afternoon saw over 100 riders take to the Serpentine course.

E grade saw eight young riders and their chaperones take to the nine kilometre circuit for three laps. The pace of almost 30 kilometres an hour, saw a few riders dropped. So when the group turned on to Karnup Road for the final time with over two kilometres to go, there was only four left. In the race to the line it was Emma Smith first, Calum Milne second and Hannah Yeo-David third.

E grade and their chaperones photo by Liesl Swart

E grade and their chaperones photo by Liesl Swart

D grade was a mix of riders, the best of the club under 12 riders to riders in their seventies. The bunch stay together for the first four laps. Just before the bell for the fifth and final lap, three riders got off the front and stayed away to the finish. In the three way sprint it was Aaron Bilbow first, Mark Venables second and John Taylor third.

C grade was bolstered by some of the state’s best under 15 male and under 17 female riders. The race was run at a fast pace and while there were a number of attacks and attempted breakaways, none were successful. In the bunch sprint it was Oliver Bleddyn first, Aaron Reichstein second and
James McCartney third.

Oliver Bleddyn wins C grade photo by Liesl Swart

Oliver Bleddyn wins C grade photo by Liesl Swart

B grade, with a field of almost forty riders was run at an even more frantic pace, riders were getting dropped at regular intervals and a quarter of the field failed to finish. The high speed, meant no breakaways and in the bunch sprint it was Kurt Adams taking the win, with Matthew Swan second and Daniel Trinne third.

It was the fifth lap of an eight lap race,before a breakaway formed in A grade with forty riders. When another group of three riders, got off the front of the bunch a lap later, they have a forty second deficit to close. The chasing trio got close, within five seconds at the finish, but all the could do was watch with the first breakaway fighting out the finish. With Wayne Thomson first, Jacob Warman second and Patrick Saccani-Williams third.