Davey and Cass home first in hilly Keyser Cup
Newcomer Anton Davey won the race while Geoffrey Cass took home the trophy at Albany Cycle Club’s 39km Keyser Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The 6.5km circuit starts and finishes on Serpentine Road with riders hitting maximum speeds of 60km/h down Hanrahan Road before leg burning efforts up Carlisle and Parade Streets.
Off four minutes Davey powered ahead of Elizabeth Cooper up Carlisle Street on the third lap and maintained his generous head start to be the clear winner after six laps.
Cass started on go with Lucy Wellstead and was caught and passed by Davey while riding three steady laps with under-15 Fay Wiggins before lifting his speed to secure second place and the trophy as first club member home.
Paul Terry (10 minutes) left behind Jim Lie and Julie Passmore as he chased hard but was unable to cut more than two minutes off the deficit to Davey.
Off 13 minutes Andrew LeFort, Danica Wiggins and Georgina Cameron stuck together until the last lap in a strong but ultimately futile attempt to make ground on the front runners.
Under-17 Emily Wiggins became the first woman to ride scratch since Kea Mumford’s heyday when she started 20 minutes back with Riley Heslop and Brett Dal Pozzo. Heslop and Dal Pozzo lifted the pace after the third lap and pounced on all but Cass and Davey on their way to the finish.
Heslop outsprinted Dal Pozzo for third place as the pair posted the fastest time of the day (1:08.00). Fastest woman was Danica Wiggins who crossed the line in 1:18.21 just ahead of Cameron.
New riders are welcome when the club tackles the hills in the Denmark Handicap on Saturday 27 April.