By Nick Cowie
Last Saturday afternoon saw the Peel District Cycling Club race at Serpentine. While the races started with the sun shining, it was not long before the forecast rain hit which together with the strong winds making the conditions extremely difficult.
With a smaller than usual field, A grade did not risk letting a breakaway go, riders would attack, get a small gap, but they were quickly be brought back. In the bunch sprint, it was Oliver Bleddyn first, James Derrick second and Adrian Pahl third.
With the slighter larger field in B grade, a pattern formed a breakaway would form and the bunch would slowly reel them back in. Rounding the final corner it looked like the two-rider breakaway, might hold on, but some strong riding in the crosswinds saw the break caught with 500 metres to go and Simon Winston took the win the sprint, with Aidan Rossandich second and Shannon Sime third.
The first couple of laps of C grade was so fast, it looked like they may catch B grade that started two minutes in front of them. It was a race of attrition as riders disappeared out the bunch, it was not until the fourth lap when there were only five riders left at the front of C grade, that B grade honour was safe. In the reduced bunch sprint, Darren Lee took the narrow win from Harvey Protheroe, with Michael Baker third.
D grade saw an attack with half a lap to go, see Sam Washington take the solo win, Nick Cowie was second and Peter Washington third.
E grade with only three riders had the most challenging race. With Brad Alves taking out the bunch sprint from Vanessa Baker with Michelle Baker third.
Next Saturday should see better conditions for riders as they race from North Dandulap to Dwellingup and return, for more information on future races and full results of this week’s race visit pdcc.asn.au