Written by Nick Cowie
Peel District Cycling Club hosted the The Ring Summer Criterium Series at Alumina Way in Rockingham on 20 March
The first race of the day was the under 13s. Usually this race is ripped apart on the first lap, with individuals spread around the course. Instead the bunch stayed together, dropping a couple of riders as they speed round the course. In the bunch sprint it was Sam Washington first, Rusty Wisewould second and Sam Castle third.
In E grade, the group stayed together for full twenty minutes of the race and in the bunch sprint was won by Jordan Williams, with Daniel Morris second and Ryley Collett third.
Men’s D grade had a mixture of youth and experience. It was more aggressive and faster than E grade, with an almost 40kph average. Nobody got off the front and in the bunch sprint it was Lachlan Loveridge first, Callum Milne second and Taj Mueller third.
Women’s D grade was similar to the men’s race, fast, aggressive racing with nobody getting a break and ending in a bunch sprint which was won by Emily Washington, with Natasha Pertwee second and Jasmine Quick third.
This seasons Womens B and C grade have be dominated by Albany’s Emily and Danica Wiggins.
The Women’s C grade bunch made Emily work, but she still took the win, with Kristen Simpson second and Isabella Commons third.
Women’s B came down to a bunch sprint, and it was Danica taking the win, with Claudia Dohr second and Kirsty Moore third.
The first break of the day came in Men’s C grade, it lasted almost half a lap, before they were dragged back in. In the bunch sprint it was Nick Tan first, Xiao Ping Zheng second and Josh Howe third.
The first half of Men’s B grade was a frantic race, with riders attacking and getting quickly chased down.
A group of four riders attached the bunch, but it was caught in the end and the race came down to a final sprint with Eddy Hollands first, Mark Matear second and Dan Griffiths third.
Little Critters and their chaperones then took to the circuit for the participation event, though a number of the juniors took a competitive approach. The results as usual were smiles all round.
Natalie Britz, while not as dominant as the Wiggins sisters in their grades, has been the consistent performer in Women’s A grade, winning most of bunch sprints. However there has been a number of successful breakaways this season.
Britz’s tactics was simple make sure there were no breakaways and, while everyone else was looking to get away. Britz was successful, the race finished in a bunch sprint and Britz demonstrated her sprinting prowess to take the win, with Emily Mascaro second and Zoe Clayton third.
Men’s A grade saw a break brought back on the first lap, another break on the second lap. Then on the third lap a break of eight riders formed.
he break included a number of strong riders and it slowly built a lead of 40 seconds over the peleton.
Just when it looked like the winner would come from the break, Michael Freiberg – who had just returned from the Tour of Taiwan – went to the front and started chasing the break down.
With the assistance of a few others, the breakaway was brought back with a couple of laps to go.
Three riders escaped on the back of the course, held of the pursuers and fought out the finish. With Jackson Mawby first, Keiran Scott second and JP Van Der Merwe third.
Next Sunday the series heads to its grant finale Leederville. Enter the race HERE