Strong Albany showing at Margaret River

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Riley Heslop (right) and Stuart Passmore (left) lead out the Passmore Cycles team.
Camera IconRiley Heslop (right) and Stuart Passmore (left) lead out the Passmore Cycles team. Credit: PB Photography

Albany Cycle Club had a strong representation at the Tour of Margaret River last week, with local riders performing well in two road races and a team time trial.

Three local teams of six competed — a team from Denmark and men’s and women’s teams from Passmore Cycles, in the popular race from November 8-11, taking in racing around Nannup, Greenbushes and Balingup.

A 41km team time trial was first to help determine teams’ categories for the rest of the events, followed by a 51km road and a 109km road race.

Blyth Andrews, Beau LeFort, Riley Heslop, Ian Partridge (visiting from Abu Dhabi), Stuart Passmore and Mark Sobik finished second overall in category C, with LeFort scoring two stage wins and Heslop also finishing fourth in stage 2.

Team Denmark’s Colin Ashton-Graham, David Beckwith, Andrew Carter, Michael Garland, Andrew LeFort and Sam Williams finished ninth in category G.

Perth under-19 rider Lucy Baptist joined Georgina Cameron, Kea Mumford, Tammy Stone, Danica Wiggins and Julie Passmore to place fourth overall in the open women’s team category, jumping two places after the final stage.

Mumford was champion 50+ woman, Wiggins was champion under-19 woman and the young gun also finished fourth in the final 109km stage, while Cameron was eighth.

Five Albany riders took part in Friday night’s criterium.

Heslop and Beau LeFort were first and second respectively in the men’s support event, while Craig Wiggins outsprinted dual Olympic gold medallist Graeme Brown for second in the open men’s.

The hectic women’s criterium looked like a three-woman race to the finish despite hard chasing throughout by Danica Wiggins and under-15 Emily Wiggins.

But the race took an unexpected turn as the three lead riders crashed on the final corner and Emily sprinted to victory with Danica in second place.

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