The Ring’s race reporter Glenn Te Raki profiles the field ahead of round 2 of the Ring Summer Criterium Series.
With registrations nudging 200 this weekend in Rockingham, it looks set to be another outstanding event at the Ring Summer Criterium Series.
After a very successful event last weekend around the testing Tech Park course in Bentley, The Peel Districts Cycling Club welcomes competitors to their popular Smeaton Way race circuit. This course is a little more forgiving, with sweeping bends and wide open flat roads.
With the women’s faster grade, only at part strength, we look towards Professional Orica-AIS and Ring series Ambassador Jessica Allen and last weekend’s solo winner Erin Kinnealy to be the early pace setters in the A grade event. Even though we will have a small field in this race, the riders taking to the start line are all potential winners.
Kylie Anticich will line up in her first event as an A grade rider, after only taking up cycling a few years ago and in her second year of criterium racing, she has quickly established herself as a very capable stayer. Melissa Robinson and Midland Cycling Clubs, Emily Mascaro will also be out to make amends for a non-podium last Sunday.
The mens A grade field is bursting with talent and will see the return of the three podium winners from last weekend in Bentley. Again we expect a full exhibition of class with Travis Meyer the likely favourite on the Smeaton Way open circuit. Youngster and fresh from what can only be described as the ride of his early career, Lewis McCrea will look to repeat his winning way after his first up outstanding performance last weekend.
If a break away is unable to establish, then keep an eye on Ring Series Ambassador Stephen Hall and the tireless speedster, ex World junior track champion Michael Freiberg to excel in the final sprint.
Again, the numbers in the B, C and D grade mens and womens fields have shown this Ring Summer series is just what racing in Western Australia has been craving and this weekend will surely not disappoint.
Look out for the more experienced riders like Brad Hall, Albany rider Stuart Passmore and the fast finishing Marty Depiazza to look to stem the flow in the B grade event over the younger up and coming riders, like last week’s breakaway duo, Jordon Dawson and Aron Barclay. With a field of over 40 riders, this looks to be the race of round two.
The C Grade mens event this weekend will also carry the prize for the sort after Cycliq Fly 6 rear light-camera combo, awarded to the overall podium place getter.
Round one winner, Peter Bellchambers returns to defend his top spot in the points section with the likes of Elliot Roberts, Wayne Deany and the evergreen Michael Jensen also looking to secure the 100 points that will be on offer.
The D grade mens event, raced over 25 minutes plus 2 laps, should see the main bunch remain together, with the top three place getters from round one missing this week, we will look towards experience again with the likes of Roues Chaudes President Daniel O’Donoghue up against last week’s top 10 finisher, Richard Reeves.
If the B grade mens race looked to be the race of the round for the guys, then this B grade race for the ladies also looks outstanding. All the top 10 place getters from round one will be on the start line in a strong field of 22 riders.
On this Smeaton Way course, again a bunch kick is more likely to be witnessed and we will see the sprinters come to the fore with Laura Hodges, Erin Nolan and last week’s top placed Dharlia Haines and Natalie Britz likely to be the riders to watch.
The ladies C and D events will, like last week, be combined and held over twenty minutes plus 2 laps, the Wiggins pair, Allison (C grade) and Emily (D grade) should be able to hold their form over from round one and be the riders to keep an eye on.
Peel Districts U13 rider Ashton Sime will have the local crowd in his corner, which could just be the thing he’ll need to take out the youngster’s race.
Enjoyment was had by all during the Little Critters race, held in between the B Grade womens and C grade mens event. This is what the series is all about, having fun and participation. So bring your children and all their friends along to join in the excitement at Rockingham this coming Sunday morning.