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Peel Cycling Club
Jim Thompson Memorial Criterium, Rockingham, WA - Sunday, March 4, 2007
Dave Berglund recorded an emphatic win in the Peel cycling A Grade event last weekend. Berglund wasted no time in stamping his authority on the race with a powerful opening surge as the race got underway. Eventually Berglund was reeled in as the pace settled and the pack found its rhythm to comfortably navigate the Pinjarra circuit.
However at the 15 minute mark, Berglund, Michael Dowell and Raymond Loly slipped away to a commanding lead. Continued strong work from Brian Buck, Steve Ware and Paul Slocombe was effective to bring the leaders back to the pack. In the final stages some cat and mouse games followed before a leadout from Loly then Slocombe got the sprinters excited in the home straight, the end result was Berglund heading up a tight bunch with Dowell slotting in nicely to take second, Loly held off Darren Lee in fourth.
The B Grade race was somewhat steadier with occasional breaks attempted with little hope of success in the windy conditions. Again some good work up front from Leanne Hoffman and Andy Bennett with Russell Fryer looking very comfortable. Further back Wade Longworth and Mitchell Horwood were busy keeping in touch. However with two laps remaining Fryer attacked into the breeze and was never headed cruising over the line ahead of Hoffman with Bennett third.
Tom Atkinson and Bob Norton were the only contenders for the C Grade event. While both riders enjoyed each others company they also shared the workload but in the run home Norton lead the charge. Atkinson did not cave in as he dug deep to narrowly claim Norton on the line to record a narrow win.
The Jim Thompson Memorial Criterium Cycle Race will be on Sunday March 4th commencing at 8.30am the event will be held at Smeaton Way Rockingham and Hosted by the Peel Club with support for the West Coast Masters. The Rockingham City Council is once again the event's major sponsor.
Overall Winner: Hilton McMurdo A Grade 1 H. McMurdo 20 pts 2 P. Brown 14 3 M. Petterson 10 4 M. Korten 3 5 G. Woodlands 3 6 B. Williams 2 7 D. Berglund 2 B Grade 1 S. Marks 15 pts 2 G. Marshall 10 3 A. Nagy 7 4 S. Dodd 6 5 E. Wetherley 5 6 S. Ratcliffe 5 7 M. Helston 3 C Grade 1 Brian Buck 15 pts 2 P. Slocombe 13.75 3 A. Clarke 13.75 4 R. Fryer 5 5 D. McDonald 3.75 6 Paul Lewis 2.5 D Grade 1 L. Hoffman 13.75 pts 2 S. Goulds 11.25 3 C. Bloomfield 10 4 J. Iveson 6.25 5 F. Kettle 5 6 P. Edwards 3.75 E Grade (no points score) 1 J. Cox 2 T. Atkinson 3 R. Norton 4 B. Paxman 1st Lady: H. Sanderson
Local results 2007