The Element Road Series will come down to the wire at the final event at the Beverley this weekend with multiple riders a chance to take out multiple grades.
The Beverley has a cracker of a course. Riders will race a fast, 114km out-and-back course over undulating, quiet rural roads.
Last year, world track champion and Orica-Scott rider Cam Meyer took the win.
With the Beverley now part of the Element Road Series, the race is going to have extra implications with this the last chance to take points towards the series.
In A-grade, Michael Freiberg currently leading by more than an 80 points over Albany young gun Craig Wiggins, and with 150 for the win at Beverley, he has it all to play for.
Currently winning almost every race he enters including National Road Series races to go along with his Element Road Series dominance, Michael Freiberg has shot to the top of the standings.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and former world champion is also making a name for himself off the bike with the success of AIRhub.
Freiberg has more than an 80-point lead in the series over Albany young gun Craig Wiggins, and with 150 for the win at Beverley, he has it all to play for.
Kylie Anticich has a lead of more than 60 points over Corrie Fillmore in the A-grade women.
With 150 points up for grabs, both are in for a chance to win the series. Anticich has only stepped up to A grade over the past 12 months and is showing consistency is the key to winning The Element Series.
It should be a battle between her and Fillmore to see who can finish higher in the final event.
In B-grade men’s, Aron Barclay has a lead of 142.5 points in the series meaning he needs the minimum points to stop Lawrence Considine from taking his place from the top.
Barclay won the 2016/17 Ring Summer Criterium Series B-grade series and will be hard to beat. Both Barclay and Considine are fast finishers and this will come down to the wire.
Anne Heitz has an unassailable lead in the B-grade women division and has dominated the grade with almost double the points of second place and leads by almost 500 points.
Having competed in almost every event in the Element Series, Heitz has proven that consistency is the key.
She will be pushed in the Beverley by the likes of Olesya Alutina and Jenine Leppard.
Col Tierney cannot be beaten in C-grade men and could easily just sit back, but that’s not Tierneys’ style and we will see him fighting to gain more Element points. Riders likely
to push him include, Nathan Brown and Jarryd Heldt.
Of all the grades, C-grade women have the most amount of riders that could claim the top step with 10 still in the mix. Of course results will have to go the way of the lower ranked riders, with Catherine in the best position with a 40-point lead over second.
In D-grade men, Brian Johnson has just over an 80-point lead over Joshua Commons, but with the race distance exceeding the required minimum for juniors, we won’t see Commons on the start line, leaving Johnson a winner of the D-grade division.
In the D-grade women, Luba Kovalenko has a lead of 240 points meaning she cannot be beaten in the overall for D-grade women.