Forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain did not deter around 200 cyclists who converged on Dardanup last Sunday to battle for the coveted golden gnome.
Fresh from his recent victory in the Collie Donnybrook young Nicholas Lawler once again put in a great ride getting away in a small break in the A grade road race. Unfortunately he was just pipped on the line in a tight sprint by the experienced Doug Stewart from Perth ‘s Master Blasters.
Team Crank’n’Cycles have dominated the Cristal Titanium Team Series and demonstrated why on Sunday when they recorded the fastest time in the second stage of the tour, the team time trial. The time bonus from the road race was enough of an advantage however for Stewart to claim the overall win from Crank’n’Cycles Ryan Willmot.
In Category 2 Steve Anstee from Busselton showed he can still sprint when he claimed victory from a large finishing bunch. A great effort in the team time trial however saw Avanti Uberquad’s Paul Kirby leapfrog up to take the overall victory and claim the golden gnome.
Meanwhile Category 3 was dominated by local Bunbury team, Vie with Grant Eikelboom winning the road race from Rick Cresswell. The team then put in a great team time trial to cement an all green podium with Denny Teede taking third place.
Team Manjimup were equally as dominant in category 4 with Dale Blincow recording an impressive solo victory over a minute in front of Eaton Home Hardware’s Michael Morton. A strong team time trial saw Manjimup’s Andrew Johns move in front of Morton on the final podium however.
Perth based Arbitrage put in a great performance in the Women’s A grade with Jess Huston taking the win from Emily McRedmond. They then time trialled faster than many of the men’s teams to confirm their grip on the golden gnome. Womens B was dominated by Muffin Break Hall WT with Jill Pope winning from Roberta Richardson.
Earlier in the day around 30 riders took part in the participation challenge of 24 or 39km, an outstanding effort given the weather conditions. All went home pleased with their efforts and with a range of spot prizes courtesy of Fitzroy Cycles and City Cycles.
The Cristal Titanium Tour of Dardanup was the final race in the teams series which saw Crank’n’Cycles take overall victory from the Southwest Cycle Club Racing Team which included up and coming juniors such as Nicholas Lawler and Bryce Lanigan who heads off to compete in the Junior National Road Championships in Toowoomba this week. The City of Busselton team held off Avanti Uberquads and Team Vie to take a well deserved third place in the series.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the series and to the multitude of helpers particularly at Dardanup and of course huge thanks to our major sponsors Cristal Titanium.

Full results available on the atta website.