Peel Districts Cycling Club hits North Dandalup for race
PEEL Districts Cycling Club’s North Dandalup Handicap race took place over the weekend.
All 95 handicap riders competed against each other, instead of racing in separate grades on Saturday .
The race started with a 6km climb up Del Park Road, before an undulating 19km to Dwellingup, and back along Del Park Road to reach the final 6km descent into North Dandalup.
Mitchell Spencer, a lightweight under-17 rider, left his companions on the first climb, then caught and passed all the riders ahead before the summit.
Spencer rode from Dwellingup, maintained a healthy lead and won by three minutes.
Tim Hopkins, who raced his first handicapped race with Peel, started three minutes behind Spencer.
Hopkins climbed as well as Spencer, leaving his group, catching riders ahead and by Dwellingup was second on the road, about three minutes behind Spencer.
Hopkins finished second behind Spencer.
The climb quickly splintered most groups, with the strongest climbers from each group leap frogging from one group to another.
The first group of riders, who worked together to reach Dwellingup, consisted of four riders who started in four different groups.
This group picked up a couple more riders on the return, but even working together they could not catch the two ahead.
The last group to leave was the largest and consisted of 12 of the strongest riders.
The group knew the task ahead of them and they needed to catch all 80 riders and work well together.
However, the pace was too strong for some and they lost a few riders.
National under-19 road race champion Tyler Lindorff outsprinted Conor Leahy to claim twelfth outright and fastest time.
For the full results and details of the next race at Casuarina on June 30 visit pdcc.asn.au.