A great wind-up was held for the end of the Whyalla Cycling Club road season championship last Saturday with fine weather, light sprinkle of rain and sunshine for the finish line.
This road race was the last points race in the series along with the Time Trial and the Criterium race held during the road season.
A championship winner for each grade is determined by these points.
In A grade this year there was only one stand out athlete, Lucas Hoffman, who had the B grade wanting to get in his league.
The B grade of 7 riders had consistently 3-4 riders competing with only one point the difference between winner Wesley Fisher and Tony Kingdon from Port Lincoln and third place veteran Malcolm Clasohm.
Wes’s comments on the win – he was happy and surprised and glad the indoor training commitment paid off.
The rowdy C grade with mob of nine riders saw five 5-6 regular riders who also had a one point difference between the winner Trevor Hughes from Port Lincoln and Adrian Wilson the young 75-year-old from Cleve.
The third place, Riki Popovic, was also a Port Lincoln rider.
Trevor’s comments on the win ‘it was his first championship win ever’.
The one to watch next year is Tyron Harris who pulled off a third place in this final race. All the best with your bike ride for Ronald McDonald fundraiser in November.
D grade had consistently four riders with Emma Mardon winner on 10 points, Peter Werner second with nine points and Andrew Hodgkinson third on eight points and not far behind was ‘Fritz’ Graeme Fargher who put in good strong effort in all his rides.
Under 19 years winner Dylan Kaulins from Port Augusta a consistent and determine only rider in this grade who rode all season with the B graders has great potential.
Good luck with your charity ride for Ronald McDonald from Port Lincoln to Adelaide in November.
Under 17 years Men was rivalry between mates Cooper Jacobs and Jonah Mislov with overall point’s winner going to Cooper with only two points the difference between them.
Under 15 years Men had Jack Wisbey take out the winner with Dylan Stanton placed second. Jack loves to ride these races and his smile says it all.
Under 15 years Women race winner Quenby Schmitz has maintained her fitness over the winter season in readiness for her Velodrome season where she is most competitive and the one to watch her developing talent.
In a fun salute to the hard workers, gold medals were presented to both Darryl Worby as handicapper and Glenda Hodgkinson as sign on and treasurer officials and all other helpers thanked to make these races possible along with rider participation.
A special mention to our guest rider Paul Kitson visiting from UK Stockton on Tees Wheeler Club while on consultancy work with Primary Steel GFG. He said that the quietness of the roads and getting the opportunity to ride with a bunch of likeminded riders was fun and he was missing the hills from back home.
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