McDonald Crowned 2014 Club Road Champion
Peter McDonald rode away from the A grade field in today’s SWCC club championships Lowden Return race and continued on to take a very convincing solo victory showing good form leading up to the Tour of Margaret River. Breaking away early on with Nicholas Lawler, McDonald was too strong for the younger rider who has been busy with exams lately and when Lawler dropped back to the main bunch McDonald was unperturbed and confidently continued his solo time trial. He crossed the line a couple of minutes ahead of the main bunch that was headed home by Connor Lambert from 225 club with Lawler crossing the line as second SW rider home ahead of the ever improving Bryce Lanigan. Marten Howes who has been putting in the long miles in recent weeks showed good form and crossed in 5th ahead of Mick Darlington.
B grade completed a lap of the valley which Rick Cresswell fresh from holidays felt was more than enough particularly when the pace went on on the Gnomesville climb. The hill climbers did not lift the pace enough to dislodge the focused Robbie Commons however and he was always going to be tough to beat in the run to the line. With support from team mate Andrew McGruddy who took out 4th place ahead of Michael Morton from Harvey, Robbie took a convincing sprint victory and is well pleased with how his form is progressing. Brent Allen showed a good turn of speed to claim second place ahead of Darren Spouse in third.
C grade turned into the female event with Kate Tatham and Jessica Lawler having their revenge on hill climber Mian Grimbeek who got away from them on the Gnomesville climb but then did not have the weight or the gear ratio to keep up on the fast downhill. In the run to the line Lawler showed tactical nous and a good jump to gain the edge over Tatham who is going from strength to strength on her new bike.
Harrison Lawler and Courtland Wood contested the junior 25km event out to the Y and back and were well matched swapping turns all the way. In a display of ‘may the best rider win’ attitude, they started sprinting almost 1km from the line and rode side by side into the headwind until Wood showed his superior power jumping out of his saddle to gain an advantage and the win. Lawler didn’t give up and both could be extremely pleased with their efforts.
Many thanks to Brendon Morrison for coming up from Margaret River to assist with the event and attend the AGM and to Suzanne for taking registrations and placings and providing commissairing support. Much appreciated.