Cycling report: Peel riders in state time trial

Last weekend saw the running of the state time trial and road race championships at Dardanup. 

The time trial, the over 50 men and and 40 women road races, used an undulating course finishing at Wellington Dam.

While the open over 30, over 40 men, open and over 30 women road race competitors were challenged with the addition of one or more loops of a climbing circuit.

The Peel District Cycling Club was well represented particularly in the highly competitive over 50 men category with Colin Rose taking second in the time trial and third in the road race.

All the road races splintered on the course and the women’s open road race was no different.

Three riders, former junior world time trial champion Rebecca McKay, Emily Mascaro who only this month qualified as an under 19 rider and able to race in open event and Liz Leyden who chose to race the open, instead of her age category, riding away from the bunch.

In the end McKay was too strong and took the solo victory. Mascaro chased hard alone for second with Leyden third.

The men’s open road race followed the same pattern, with the bunch splintered over the climbing circuit.

It was down to two riders on the final climb.

Stephen Hall, a professional track rider with the Pennsylvania Lightning in the US and 2011 World Omnium Champion Michael Freiberg.

Hall out-sprinted Freiberg at the top of the climb to take the title. Alex Vukovich with a brave solo chase claim third.