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The inaugural Yanchep National Park Challenge was conducted as a first time event by new club Northern Beaches Cycling Club. Despite being an untried and untested Criterium course, it was embraced by the Cycling WA community, with well over a hundred participants and a sizeable crowd of spectators. The natural setting and the club’s own DJ added to the atmosphere.

The unique, picturesque, closed circuit in the Yanchep National Park offered a tight technical loop with a hill climb and descent every 1.4km. The circuit required constant vigilance for attempted breakaways, and there was no hiding in the peloton as the field began to stretch early in each and every grade. Positioning was also important as the circuit included a tight, final left corner, ahead of a 150 metre straight finish.

Read more for full report and results.

Congratulations to the following riders who claimed first, second and third in their respective categories:-

A Grade Men
1st Henry Morley, 2nd Brendon Meney, 3rd Craig Cooke

A Grade Women
1st Liz Leyden

B Grade Women
1st Jemila Anderson, 2nd Zoe Clayton, 3rd Alicia Buchanan

B Grade Men
1st Julian Lowes, 2nd Luke Sleegers, 3rd Michael Keenan

C Grade Men
1st Grant Stubbs, 2nd Tim James, 3rd Chris Lilley

D Grade Men
1st Kim Halliday, 2nd Dean Franks, 3rd Neil Foster

E Grade Open
1st Steve Fleay, 2nd Steve Goble, 3rd Richard Stokes

F Grade Open
1st Piers McKenchnie, 2nd Woodrow Mckenchnie, 3rd Derek Unwin