Friday night criterium racing came to Stratham for the first time this season, with the course providing something different being a longer circuit with a sweeping left hand bend around the back of the course and slight rise in the finishing straight. Although the weather looked ominous with dark clouds looming, the rain held off, though the wind refused to do the same.

There was a small field in C Grade which had 20 mins and 2 laps to cover. Junior Cadel Adams was a clear winner, ahead of Claes and Steve who had a sprint to the line for the minor placings. Well done to Liesl for hanging in there all the way, it’s always hard riding solo for much of any event.

The B Grade field had the biggest numbers and while the field kept together for most of the 25 mins + 2 lap event, there were some breakaways with Kim and Mikde Sleegers both breaking away at various stages. Youngsters Ben and Jess also did lots of work and while Jess later paid the price for her efforts, Ben was able to be right in the finish till the end.

Coming around the corner for the last time, it was the crafty Robbie Commons, who apparently finds it very hard to race on Fridays, in prime position. (pardon the pun). With a sprint up the final hill, Robbie soon hit the front and took line honours, ahead of the ever improving Ben Hastie and Phil Smith third. Ben also took out the priem and the keen cyclist seems set for a bright future in the sport.

The A Grade field kept together until the 22 min mark of their 30+2 race, before Peter McDonald and LJ Sleegers decided to breakaway. With the pair working well together and sharing turns, there was never any danger that they were going to get caught. Although victory went to former national road champion McDonald, it was a tenacious and determined LJ who pushed Peter right to the line, finishing on his back wheel. Mick Darlington claimed third, ahead of Nicholas, who earlier won the priem.

Although the junior results aren’t all available well done to Busselton’s Courtland Wood crossed the line first. Thanks to Andrew, Robbie and Nicholas who helped with the juniors with Brendon Morrison and Graeme Adams also having a ride. Many thanks to race helpers Jo, Suzanne, Tanya and Michelle.

Results

A Grade

1. Peter McDonald

2. LJ Sleegers

3.Mick Darlington

4.Nicholas Lawler

5. Bryce Lanigan

6. James

7.Frans van zyl

 

B Grade

1. Rob Commons

2. Ben Hastie

3. Phil Smith

4. Evan

5.Mike Sleegers

6. Adrian Wood

7. Tom Dexter

8. Garrod CDelfs

9. Kim Overington

10. Jess Lawler

 

C Grade

1. Cadel Adams

2. Claes Q

3. Steve Camarri

4.Liesl Swart

 

Juniors

1. Courtland Wood