Race report by Nick Cowie
Peel Districts Cycling Club took to the Kwinana Motorplex in trying conditions on Sunday. The circuit started in pit lane, before heading down the return road in swirling winds, before taking a service road up a short climb. Then the riders hit the exposed car park areas and into challenging crosswinds, suddenly instead of doing 40kph the riders where struggling to hold 25kph, before dropping down and back into the pits to start.
E grade saw the oldest rider in the race Eric Maddock match Jeremy Smith when he attacked on the second lap. The pair rode away, until the seventh and final lap when Smith attacked and rode away with the win. Maddock was second and Kit Boulton battled the winds to take third.
The first three laps of D grade were furious and a few riders dropped off the back. The pace then ease with seven of the twelve starters contesting the bunch sprint which was won by Brad Simmons, with Ron McArthur second and Carol Baker third.
C grade saw a rider attack on the first lap, he was quickly joined by a second and then the bunch reacted, by the end of the second lap the field of 28 riders was spread out. A couple of laps later it was seven riders at the front working together to build an advantage, the riders behind in smaller groups never had a chance. In the seven rider sprint it was Jean Ferreira first, Aaron Locke second second and Simon Rice third.
Ben Mears and Tristian Nash attacked early in B grade. It took time before the chase started. Though once it did the bunch exploded and instead of 18 riders chasing down two, it was two riders being chased by three, with another five on their heels and ten riders spread in ones and twos around the circuit.Mears outsprinted Nash to take the win, with Mick Polmear taking third from the chasing group of three.
A grade saw an early attack with holidaying Victorian and member of the Renault AMR Racing team Liam Edwards and Matt Connan. The pair built up a good lead before Tony Doherty Connan’s Veris team mate bridged across. It looked the trio was going to ride away with win, as there were only individual chasers . Instead the pace slowed at the front and behind three riders got together an organised a chase. Then it was six riders at the front, but not for long. Edwards and Connan were off the front. This time the pair stayed away, with Connan sprinting to the win ahead of Edwards, with Doherty firing out of the chasers to take third.
Next Sunday sees West Coast Masters racing at the Motorplex, before Peel Districts Cycling Club returns on 16 February.