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CHRISTMAS BREAK RACE RECAP

It’s been an absolutely HUGE couple of weeks, with WA riders collecting some truly fantastic results all over the country on both the track and the road over the Christmas/New Year period. Catch up on the latest here!

 

12 December 2019 – Austral Wheelrace & Madison National Championships

27-31 December 2019 – Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals

3-5 January 2020 – Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits

4th January 2020 – Midland Summer Twilight Series Round 2

5th January 2020 – Peel District CC Summer Criterium Series Round 4

5th January 2020 – Roues Chaudes CC Summer Criterium Series Round 5

 

AUSTRAL WHEELRACE & MADISON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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21 December 2019

Full results HERE

A small contingent of West Australians including Jade and Dharlia Haines, Sam Welsford and Conor Leahy traveled across to Melbourne before Christmas to take part in the Austral Wheelrace and Madison National Championships.

In the 2000m Austral Wheelrace, Sam Welsford came second overall from Scratch position, and Jade Haines came 11th on 70m in the Women’s race.

Sam also took out the Men’s National Madison Championships with teammate Kell O’Brien (VIC) on a dominant 96 points over Victorian duo Luke Plapp and Godfrey Slattery on 49 points. Rising star Conor Leahy teamed up with Tasmanian Josh Duffy, riding to a respectable 5th place on 25 points. Kalamunda sisters Jade and Dharlia Haines teamed up for the Women’s Madison in a challenging race, but they were unfortunately unable to finish.

Photo: Con Chronis

TASMANIAN CHRISTMAS CARNIVALS

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27-31 December 2019

Full results HERE

Steve Hall, Conor Leahy, Kye Bonser, Josh Commons, and Chase, Dharlia and Jade Haines made the journey across to Tasmania for the annual Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals.

Each of the riders claimed at least one top three position in heats and/or finals across a very challenging week of racing, showing the strong base of the team across the week. The standout result of the week was Stephen Hall, who came first in the iconic Burnie Wheelrace on New Years Eve, 38 years after his father Murray Hall claimed the same position. In the Women’s Burnie Wheelrace, Dharlia Haines claimed an impressive 3rd place against an equally talented field of riders. Congratulations!

Photo: Kye Bonser c/o SCAT – Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania

LEXUS OF BLACKBURN BAY CRITS

3-5 January 2020

Full results HERE

WA riders dominated in the smashfest that was the 2020 Bay Crits! The following riders kicked off their 2020 season in Geelong:

Elite Men: Sam Welsford, Michael Freiberg, Luke Durbridge

Elite Women: Jessica Allen, Teneal Attard, Jade Haines, Dharlia Haines, Annie Bramley

Women’s Support Race: Shannon Miraglia

Damion Drapac Trophy: Josh Commons

On Day 1, Jess Allen broke away solo, cleaning up on the Sprint Points Classification before being caught prior to the finish. In the bunch sprint, Teneal Attard powered through to 4th overall, followed by Jess in 14th place. Unfortunately Annie Bramley, Dharlia and Jade Haines DNF. In the Women’s support race, Shannon Miraglia rode to 8th. In the Damion Drapac Trophy race, Josh Commons unfortunately DNF.

In the Elite Men’s race, Sam Welsford wiped the field in first place, followed by Michael Freiberg in 7th (and 4th on Sprint Classification), and Luke Durbridge in 19th (and 5th on Sprint Classification).

 

On Day 2, Shannon Miraglia showed great improvement, claiming a 4th place. In the Women’s Elite, Jess maintained her lead in the Sprint Classification, riding to 6th overall, followed by Annie Bramley in 17th place. Teneal Attard, Dharlia Haines and Jade Haines DNF.

In the Men’s race, Sam Welsford backed up an impressive first day with a 4th place, followed by Luke Durbridge in 22nd and Michael Freiberg in 25th. Josh Commons unfortunately DNF.

 

On the final day of racing, WA riders shone, with Michael and Sam racing to 2nd and 3rd respectively, and Luke Durbridge finishing in 20th. Sam’s strong positioning overall meant he took home the overall series lead on General Classification.

In the Elite Women, Teneal Attard put in another strong sprint to place 5th (and 6th overall on General Classification), followed by Jess in 17th place (11th on GC). Jess managed to hang on to her lead in the Sprint Classification across all three days, taking out the series in the Sprint.

Josh Commons, Annie Bramley, Dharlia Haines and Jade Haines DNF.

Photos: Con Chronis

MIDLAND CC SUMMER TWILIGHT CRITERIUM SERIES ROUND 2

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4th January 2020

Full results HERE

Photos HERE

The second round of the Midland Summer Twilight Criterium Series was held at the Speedome last Saturday.

The McRobbie family dominated in D and E grade, with young guns Finlay and Fraser taking out each grade respectively. It was great to have a strong junior presence at the race, with Campbell McDowell and Tadgh Bryan taking out 2nd and 3rd in E grade, as well as Callum McGillivray and Mason Eves in 2nd and 3rd in D Grade. Scott McDowell rode to the win in C Grade ahead of James Buchanan and Alex Robeson. In B grade, Jack Lightfoot took the win over Simon Winston and Mitchell Spencer, and in A grade, Aron Barclay sprinted to glory ahead of Luke Johns and Heinrich Stroebel.

The next round of the Series will be held at the Speed Dome on Saturday the 8th of February. Register on the day!

PEEL DISTRICT CC SUMMER CRITERIUM SERIES ROUND 4

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5 January 2020

Race report provided by Nick Cowie.

Full results HERE

Photos HERE

Last Sunday saw Peel Districts Cycling Club take to the Smeaton Way course in Rockingham for the first race of 2020.

The first riders off, were the junior participation ride. Where young and some no so young riders can get a taste of racing, while being chaperoned around the 1.6 kilometre course. After two laps riding as a group, the riders then set their own pace for the final two laps, with some very fast young riders on display.

The riders too fast for the participation ride, race E grade for 30 minutes and one lap, with juniors being chaperoned. Early in the race Jeremy Smith attacked and got a break, Phil Edwards and Campbell McDowell worked together to close the gap and then there was three riders at the front of the race. On the final lap, McDowell attacked and rode away to take the win with Smith second and Edwards third.

D grade was ridden at a fairly fast pace, which caused a couple of casualties. In the bunch sprint it was Gavin Pearmine first, Simon Melhuish second and Ron McArthur third.

C was the largest bunch of the day and provided entertainment with attack and counter attack for seven laps until Tim Castles and Peter McKiernan broke away. The chase then split the bunch apart, as a group of fast but unorganised riders chased. Castles and McKiernan were more disciplined, worked well together and rode away from the chasers and towards a likely promotion. In the end Castles was the stronger rider and took the win, McKiernan was second and Matthew Beecroft out sprinted the chasers to take third.

With only six riders in both A and B grade, the grades were combined, with points awarded in the top finishers in each grade. The A grade riders were the instigators of the attacks and chasing in the first half of the race, which saw three B grade riders dropped. As the race went on the remaining B graders started taking more of a part in the race. When A grader Colin Rose attacked with a little over a lap to go, it was a combined effort to bring him back. In the bunch sprint B grades Ben Mears took bragging rights in crossing the line first, Callum Henderson was second in B grade and Gary Hansson third. In A grade it was Joe Laurendi first, Dominic Da Silva second and John Wood third.

 

For all the results and details of the next race at Pinjarra on 19 January visit pdcc.asn.au

ROUES CHAUDES CC SUMMER CRITERIUM SERIES ROUND 5

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5 January 2020

Full results HERE

Photos HERE

There was a fantastic turnout for the penultimate round of the RCCC Summer Criterium Series.

Aron Barclay backed up his second win in under 24 hours in A grade, sprinting to first place ahead of Bernie Swart and Ricky Andrews. In Women’s A, Darcie Richards and Serene Lee broke away from the field to finish first and second respectively, with Megan Gammie taking out third overall via a bunch sprint finish.

In B Grade, Isabella Commons rode to her first B Grade win ahead of Stephanie Green and Georgia Cook. In the Men’s, Martin Depiazzi took out first and second, followed by Singaporean visitor Kee Meng Ang in 3rd place. In C Grade, Hannah Waters took 1st place in the Womens, and in the Mens, Alex Robeson took the win fron Aaron Lee and Nathan Van Vugt.

Last but not least, in D Grade, Gregory Smith outsprinted Joel Beard for the win, and the Del Passo sisters dominated the podium with Eve in first and Chloe in second, before Cate Wray in 3rd.

The final round of the Series is on this Sunday. Register HERE

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