The E grade field at Dog Hill circuit last Saturday was probably the best we have every had, with a very talented bunch with the best junior riders in the state, including State under 11 and under 13 champions Campbell McDowell and Fraser McRobbie. The chaperones were not too shabby either with Olympic Gold medalists Peter Dawson and Graeme Brown. McRobbie attacked at the start of the third and final lap of the 10.7 kilometre circuit. He was chased by McDowell and Andy Brown who worked well together. However the pair could not catch McRobbie who took the solo victory. Brown out sprinted McDowell to claim second.
D grade is a mix of young, old and inexperienced riders. The bunch stayed together, for four laps weathering a few attacks in the bunch sprint it was Tom Andrew first, John Wheelhouse second and Ron McArthur third.
With low numbers in Women’s A grade, the race committee started them with C grade. Not sure that all of C grade were happy with the decision, as the women drove the pace hard on the first lap, shedding a number of riders in the process. The bunch then stayed together for the remaining 40 kilometres. In the bunch sprint Sam Washington from C grade took overall honours. Tasmyn Verschuren was second in C grade and Jack Dohler third. Adelia Neethling was first in Women’s A, with Vanessa Johnson second and Anna Heitz third.
B grade saw a couple of teams working to keep the bunch together, chasing down breakaway attempts. It was successful, in the big bunch sprint it was Dominic Da Silva first, Gavin Wark second and Harrison Aves third.
Stage 7 of the Tour De France saw the peleton ripped apart by the crosswinds. That was replicated in A grade, the bunch lost riders every lap. As the bell sounded starting the seventh and final lap there was only six of the thirty starters left at the front. Of the six riders left, five would be described as sprinters, who regularly finish at the front on bunch finishes. The sixth rider was Matt Connan, an under 19 rider who is definitely a climber. Approaching the final corner, the bunch started playing cat and mouse, with nobody wanting to lead the others out. Connan attacked, the other riders looked at each other, not wanting to chase. That was all the Connan needed, an accomplished time trialist he drove to the line to take the win. Stephen Hall took second and Clint Thompson was third.