Ring Series media manager Glenn Te Raki previews round 3.
For the first time on home soil in more than 3 years, this Sundays Round 3 of the Ring Summer Criterium Series event, raced on the shorter Gnangara course will see two of WA’s most talented brothers on the start line in the men’s open A grade field.
Cameron Meyer, fresh from the Ghent Six day international track event where he teamed up with Callum Scotson to finish fourth behind UK riding superstars Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradly Wiggins, will start alongside his brother Travis, who is in his last month of professional racing before he retires and hangs the bike up for a final time after the National Road championship event in January.
Fireworks are about to explode on Sunday as we experience one of the best A grade fields seen in WA criterium cycling for many years.
The Meyer brothers will face strong opposition from the likes of Michael Freiberg who leaves on Monday to race the Oceania Track Championship starting Wednesday. Freiberg, who was unlucky last weekend in Rockingham not to pull off a last lap victory, will be looking to finish off his final race preparations.
AJ Anthony Giacoppo fresh from a training block in the Eastern States, series Ambassador and Round 2 runner up Stephen Hall, the ever animated Guy Kalma and round 2 winner Matthew Peterson will all also be looking to continue their consistent race form to promise all spectators an outstanding event raced over 50 mins plus 2 laps at approximately 10.50am.
Strong numbers welcome all grades across the entire fields on Sunday with Men’s A and B grades starting over 40 plus riders, Men’s C and D also in excess of 30 riders per event.
The women’s fields has also attracted some key riders for Round 3 as we see strong A, B and C grades all turning out in force.
Although we will have a larger A grade women’s field, both first and second place sitters on the overall series championship leaders board, Erin Kinnealy and Jessica Allan will be absent, leaving a wide open field to battle out the podium. Amanda Nabi returns this week and will start favourite on the tight, short and sharp circuit alongside consistent series performers Emily Mascaro, Sabine Bird and Melissa Robinson.
With many of the previous weeks B grade women place winning riders starting in A grade, this weekend’s event will also be wide open, and with 15 plus starters we will be presented with a race which could split apart with the stronger riders showing their dominance early in the race. Keep an eye on the likes of Sarah Tucknott, Danica Wiggins and the consistent Prue Butler to take the win.
C grade womens is headed by Sara Langridge with previous D grade place getters Emily Wiggins and Hannah Waters stepping into this grade for the first time this series.
Back to the men’s racing and the largest field assembled will be in the B grade with close to 50 riders, this will make for exciting and fast racing around this tight short-circuit. Riders will need to be race courteous as we have 2 x 90 degree turns to negotiate plus the long sweeping back straight.
With the series overall leaders Andrew Fitzgerald and Jorden Dawson not racing this week, keep an eye on second place getter from round one Aron Barclay, the youngster will look to battle out this event with the likes of experienced riders Brett Stapleton, Brad Hall and Daniel Trinne, but with such a large field we do expect some splintering during the race so it will again be a strongman’s race to win.
Men’s C, will also field 30 plus riders, Anthony Preston, Jethro Nagle, Elliot Roberts and Wayne Deany are positioned in the top 10 on the championship table and will be looking to extend their points position come Sunday morning in the 30 minute plus 2 lap race.
Men’s D grade will get under way at 7.50am and race over 25 minutes plus 2 laps, Last weekend’s winner and fast finishing Nicolas Tan will start the day as favourite but will be tested by Albert Allbricht and new comer Ben Walkerden. Again we should see a fast and eventful race to start the day off.
Young gun Ashton Sime will look to continue his 100% winning streak in the U13, 15 minute plus 2 lap race, he will be pushed by the likes of Cooper Hiscox and Joshua Trinne, but these boys will also have to contend with series one, third placed female rider Isabella Commons.
The ‘Little Critters’ will also be run at approx. 8.55am and we welcome all youngsters on any bike to the start line. This event is becoming the fun part of the day with the numbers doubling each week, so bring along the kids, their bikes and don’t forget their helmet and let’s look towards another fun and exciting day at Gnangara.