Dunstan Takes Championship Double

December 17th, 2013
Masters rider Ray Dunstan was in top form to take the double with first place and fastest time in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Open 80km Championship on Saturday afternoon at Fairhall.
The open grade 80km handicap event saw riders cover 4 laps of the Benmorven, Ridge, Godfreys Road course. The hot and windy conditions were testing with half the field retiring by the end of the third lap. The scratch group had added the 6min break riders to their group in the second lap and hit the front in the third lap. The leading 7 riders tackled the Ridge hill on the last lap with Nick Batt (scr) going clear to be soon joined by Dunstan (scr) with the remaining riders chasing hard. The leading pair forged their advantage out to 1min with Dunstan taking line honours with ease over Batt. Gerard van Antwerpen (scr) led in the sprint for third place from Josh Scott (scr), Mike Murphy (6m), Kevin Bishell (6m) and Sean O’Neill (scr). Dunstan took the Gibson Challenge Cups for time and handicap honours, the Savoy Trophy for first Marlborough rider home and the Masters title. Josh Scott took the Senior mens title with Georgia Catterick taking the Womens title.
The junior under 17 grade rode their Championship event over two laps of the course (40km). Neils van Antwerpen and Joseph Westend broke away from their 14m co-markers during the first lap with van Antwerpen riding clear on the final lap for a convincing win by 1m 38s. Westend held on for second place with just 33 seconds back to fast finishing scratchman Ethan Batt who took the junior under 17 title.
Results:
Open grade- Cuddon Cycling Marlborough 80km Open Championship, R Dunstan (scr) 1, N Batt (scr) 2, G van Antwerpen (scr) 3, J Scott (scr) 4, M Murphy (6m) 5, K Bishell (6m) 6, S O’Neill (scr) 7, G Catterick (9m) 8, M Catterick (9m) 9, M Fletcher (9m) 10. Fastest time, R Dunstan 2hr 04m 28s 1, N Batt 2hr 04m 31s 2, G van Antwerpen 2hr 05m 27s 3, J Scott 2hr 05m 28s 4, S O’Neill 2hr 05m 38s 5.
Junior Under 17 grade- Cuddon Cycling Marlborough 40km Open Championship, N van Antwerpen (14m) 1, J Westend (14m) 2, E Batt (scr) 3, E Gordon (7m) 4, H Trollope (7m) 5. Fastest time, E Batt 1hr 10m 25s 1, E Gordon 1hr 17m 26s 2, H Trollope 1hr 19m 53s 3. 

Club Champs Victory For Van Antwerpen

October 5th, 2013
A strong sprint home saw Gerard van Antwerpwen win the Cuddon Cycling Marlborough Club Championships in the final event of Fairweathers Winter series at Seddon on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km massed start event coverd two laps of the hilly Seaview course ridden in reasonably favourable conditions. A break on the first lap saw Tony Catterick, Sean O’Neill, Brent Harris and Van Antwerpen go clear with the rest of the field split into chasing groups. With Harris tailing off on the last climb the remaining three lined up for the placings. An early effort by O’Neill was a good lead out for the others with Van Antwerpen a comfortable winner over Catterick. Van Antwerpen took the Mills Cup for fastest time and the Masters 45-54yrs title, whilst O’Neill took the Senior Mens title. Just 6 seconds later Harris rolled in for the Masters 55+ title. Other open titles were won by Craig Harper (5th) Masters 35-44yrs, Nick Blakiston (11th) Junior Under 19 Men, and Rhonda Murphy (13th) Women. The Gleeson Challenge Cup for the sealed handicap went to Harper by just 9 seconds to Harris with another 23 seconds to Matt Wells in third place.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 20km massed start event over 1 lap of the course. The climb back towards Seddon separated the riders with Bailey Ford, a visiting rider from Nelson, taking the race win. The sprint home for the Junior Under 17 Mens title saw Christopher Grammer head off Jack Ritchie for the line honours. Grammer also took the Jowers Cup for fastest time for his efforts. Hannah Morgan took the Junior Undr 17 Womens title. The Drake Challenge Cup for the sealed handicap was won By Fergus Greer with 1m 19s to spare over brother James with a further 59s back to Niels van Antwerpen in third place.
Results:
Fairweathers Winter Series- Club Championships, Open Grade 40km Massed start, Seaview Course, Seddon, G van Antwerpen 1hr 04m 35s (Mills Cup + Masters 45-54yrs Sash) 1, T Catterick s.t. 2, S O’Neill s.t. (Senior Mens Sash) 3, B Harris 1hr 04m 41s (Masters 55+ Sash) 4, C Harper 1hr 06m 32s (Masters 35-44yrs Sash) 5, K Bishell 1hr 07m 03s 6, B Ackroyd 1hr 07m 50s 7, A Morgan s.t. 8, L Griggs 1hr 09m 04s 9, M Wells s.t. 10, N Blackiston 1hr 10m 02s (Junior Under 19 Mens Sash) 11, R Murphy s.t. (Womens Sash) 13. Sealed handicap, C Harper (5m) 1hr 01m 32s (Gleeson Challenge Cup) 1, B Harris (3m) 1hr 01m 41s 2, M Wells (7m) 1hr 02m 04s 3, M Straker (12m) 1hr 02m 22s 4, R Murphy (7m 30s) 1hr 02m 32s 5, L Griggs (6m) 1hr 03m 04s 6, K Marshall (7m 30s) 1hr 03m 10s 7, S O’Neill (1m) 1hr 03m 35s 8, N Blakiston (6m) 1hr 04m 02s 9, M Fletcher (6m) s.t. 10.
Junior Under 17 grade 20km Massed start, B Ford 38m 17s (Nelson Visitor) 1, C Grammer 39m 06s (Jowers Cup + Junior Under 17 Mens Sash) 2, J Ritchie s.t. 3, E Brydon 40m 22s 4, E Wells 40m 38s 5, H Morgan 51m 54s (Junior Under 17 Womens Sash) 11. Sealed handicap, F Greer (15m) 30m 51s (Drake Challenge Cup ) 1, J Greer (10m) 32m 10s 2, N van Antwerpen (9m) 33m 09s 3, S Morgan (8m) 34m 10s 4, S Spencer (13m) 35m 30s 5.  

Wells Sprints To Pelorus Cup Win

September 28th, 2013
Matt Wells outsprinted a large bunch to take the Pelorus Cup at Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweather’s Winter series event at Northbank last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 60km handicap event covered an out and return course on the Northbank Road. Head winds on the outward journey saw the strong 5 minute break group of Ethan Batt, Brent Harris, Kevin Bishell and Nick Batt gather in the 7minute and 10 minute groups before the turn. This group then hit the front a few kilometres after the turn. The 16 strong bunch flew back down the valley at high speed with only 11 riders left to contest the sprint. A good lead out from Nick Batt saw son Ethan almost pull off the win, but was run down by Wells (off 10m) on the line. Harris, Bishell and Mike Murphy (off 7m) finished in the next placings respectively. Fastest time was also taken by Ethan Batt whose bunch headed off the scratch markers by 30 seconds.
Results:
Fairweathers Winter Series- Open grade, Pelorus Cup 60km handicap, M Wells (off 10m) 1, E Batt (off 5m) 2, B Harris (off 5m) 3, K Bishell (off 5m) 4, M Murphy (off 7m) 5, R Murphy (10m) 6, L Griggs (off 7m) 7, T Little (off 13m) 8, N Batt (off 5m) 9, C Murphy (off 13m) 10. Fastest time, E Batt (5m) 1hr 28m 39m 1, B Harris (5m) s.t. 2, K Bishell (5m) s.t 3, N Batt (5m) 1hr 28m 42s 4, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 29m 09s 5.    

Record Team Time Trial Performances

September 26th, 2013
Perfect conditions saw record times at Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series team time trial event from Renwick last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km team time trial covered an out and return course on State Highway 63 turning just before Wairau Valley township. The calm and warm conditions were welcomed after a morning of heavy rain. Several teams rode with only three of the four allowed riders and some incredible times were achieved. The top combination of locals Tony Catterick and Ray Dunstan, and former Marlborough rider and Olympian Robin Reid motored to the turn in 27m 27s compared with Gerard van Antwerpen, Dylan Vile and Nick Batt in 29m 43s, and the Womens team of Michelle Catterick, Georgia Catterick, Rhonda Murphy and Nelson’s Britta Martin in a creditable 31m 05s. The fast journey home saw the Catterick, Dunstan, Reid combination record a course record of 51m 03s. Van Antwerpen, Vile and Batt also recorded a good time of 54m 59s, whilst the Womens team was the first ever Womens team to go under 61minutes on the course in recording a great time of 57m 48s.
Meanwhile, tomorrow afternoon Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s open grade riders will continue with the Fairweathers Winter series by competing in a 60km handicap event for the Pelorus Cup on an out and return course on the Northbank Road. All riders are to assemble at Forrest Estate at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.
Results:
Fairweathers Winter series- Open grade 40km team time trial, T Catterick, R Dunstan, R Reid, 51m 03s (Course record)1, G van Antwerpen, D Vile, N Batt, 54m 59s 2, M Catterick, G Catterick, R Murphy, B Martin, 57m 48s (Course record) 3, M Murphy, M Fletcher, B Verhoef (puntured), 59m 42s 4, M Wells, M Power, A Morgan, 63m 00s 5. 

McKenzie, Harper & Westend Take TT Cups

September 19th, 2013
Jeremy McKenzie held on to take out the Henderson Bros. Cup for fastest time at Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter Series time trial event last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 51km event covered an out and return course on the Northbank Road. Riders encountered swirling winds on the course with Ray Dunstan impressing on the outward journey with a turn time of 34m 30s. Other top contenders were McKenzie (36m 38s), Sean O’Neill (37m 55s) and Gerard van Antwerpen (37m 58s). Dunstan heading for a record breaking ride was unfortunate to puncture early into the return journey. McKenzies hard effort faltered in the latter stages which saw his 1m 20s advantage over O’Neill and van Antwerpen start to whittle down. Determination saw him take victory (1hr 16m 15s) by 39s over van Antwerpen with just a further 5 seconds back to O’Neill. There was close competition for the handicap cup with Craig Harper, who recorded 5th fastest time, taking the win by 1m 10s to O’Neill with Ben Verhoef another 30s back in third place.
The junior under 17 grade rode in a 16km time trial event for the Dooley Cup also on the Northbank Road. Thomas Westend carried on his recent good form with a strong ride, recording 25m 58s for the win. The minor placings saw good rides to Jack Ritchie (28m 16s) and Ezra Wells (28m 59s). The sealed handicap went to Fergus Greer by 45s to Niels van Antwerpen with another 9 seconds to Hannah Morgan in third place.
Meanwhile, tomorrow afternoon Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders will carry on the Fairweathers Winter series with team time trial events on the Wairau Valley Road. The open grade event over 40km will see former Marlborough rider and Olympian, Robin Reid of Nelson team up with Dunstan, McKenzie and Tony Catterick. The junior event will be over 20km. All riders are to assemble opposite the Grove Mill Winery on the Waihopai Road at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.
Results:
Fairweathers Winter Series- Open grade, Henderson Bros. Cups, 51km time trial, J McKenzie 1hr 16m 15s 1, G van Antwerpen 1hr 16m 54s 2, S O’Neill 1hr 16m 59s 3, M Fletcher 1hr 19m 02s 4, C Harper 1hr 19m 19s 5, B Verhoef 1hr 19m 59s 6, M Murphy 1hr 21m 32s 7, N Batt 1hr 22m 49s 8, L Cowley 1hr 24m 10s 9, R Lock 1hr 24m 14s 10. Sealed handicap, C Harper (8m) 1hr 11m 19s 1, S O’Neill (4m 30s) 1hr 12m 29s 2, B Verhoef (7m) 1hr 12m 59s 3, M Fletcher (5m 30s) 1hr 13m 32s 4, J McKenzie (2m) 1hr 14m 15s 5, G van Antwerpen (2m 30s) 1hr 14m 24s 6, R Murphy (11m) 1hr 14m 28s 7, M Murphy (5m 30s) 1hr 16m 02s 8, M Thompson (16m) 1hr 16m 08s 9, L Cowley (8m) 1hr 16m 10s 10.
Junior under 17 grade, Dooley Cup, 16km time trial, T Westend 25m 58s 1, J Ritchie 28m 16s 2, E Wells 28m 59s 3, N van Antwerpen 30m 20s 4, J Westend 31m 02s 5. Sealed handicap, F Greer (7m 30s) 24m 20s 1, N van Antwerpen (5m 15s) 25m 05s 2, H Morgan (9m) 25m 16s 3, E Wells (3m 30s) 25m 29s 4, J Westend (5m 30s) 25m 32s 5.
    

Henderson Cups TT Course Record To Be Nudged?

September 13th, 2013
Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders will compete in the Henderson Bros. Cups and Dooley Cup time trial events from Renwick tomorrow afternoon. The open grade 51km Henderson Bros. Cups event will be held on a course from the Salmon farm at the start of the Northbank Road to just beyond Pine Valley and return. Fastest time honours are likely to go to favorite Ray Dunstan who will be out to better the course record of 1hr 11m 25s set by Josh Scott last year. The minor placings should be fought out between Gerard van Antwerpen and Jeremy McKenzie. The sealed handicap cup will also be closely contested with each rider trying to better their expected times. The junior under 17 grade riders will compete in the Dooley Cup 16km time trial also on the Northbank Road. Favourites for the cup are expected to be Ethan Batt or Thomas Westend, with alot of competition for the minor placings between Christopher Grammer and Callum Caughey. All riders are to assemble at Forrest Estate Winery, State Highway 1, Renwick at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.

Blakiston & Van Antwerpen Victors At Lower Wairau

September 7th, 2013
A strong sprint home saw Nick Blakiston take the Van Antwerpen handicap trophy in Cuddon Cycling Marlboroughs Fairweathers Winter series event at Grovetown last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 44km handicap event was ridden over 3 laps of a lower Wairau circuit in very windy conditions. The winds took a toll on many of the riders with the field closing up in the final lap. A top ride by 4 minute break riders Ethan Batt, Brent Ackroyd and Kevin Bishell saw them pull in the hard working 6 minute markers Rhonda Murphy, Georgia Catterick, Michelle Catterick, Mark Power and Blakiston. The sprint home saw Blakiston a clear winner, with Bishell just edging out Ackroyd for second ahead of Murphy and Georgia Catterick. Just one minute back the five remaining scratch markers sprinted in for the fastest time trophy with Gerard van Antwerpen taking the honours from Tony Catterick, Ray Dunstan, Andrew Jamieson and Callum Saunders respectively.
The junior under 17 grade handicap event was ridden over 24km for the Amtman and Sincock trophies. Scratch rider Thomas Westend was in fine form to ride right through the entire field to take a well deserved first place. The minor placings went to lone 5 minute marker Ezra Wells who finished just 6 seconds back for second place with another 13 seconds to Jack Ritchie (off 3 min) and Sam Morgan (off 7 min) respectively.  Westend took time by almost 3 minutes to Callum Caughey (off 1min) and another 26 seconds to Ritchie.
Results:
Open grade- Fairweathers Winter series, Van Antwerpen Trophies 43km handicap, N Blakistan (off 6m) 1, K Bishell (off 4m) 2, B Ackroyd (off 4m) 3, R Murphy (off 6m) 4, G Catterick (off 6m) 5, E Batt (off 4m) 6, M Catterick (off 6m) 7, B Verhoef (off 9m) 8, M Power (off 6m) 9, G van Antwerpen (off scr) 10. Fastest time, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 07m 54s 1, T Catterick (scr) s.t. 2, R Dunstan (scr) 1hr 08m 00s 3, A Jamieson (scr) 1hr 08m 01s 4, C Saunders (scr) 1hr 08m 02s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- Amtman and Sincock Trophies 24km handicap, T Westend (off scr) 1, E Wells (off 5m) 2, J Ritchie (off 3m) 3, S Morgan (off 7m) 4, E Brydon (off 3m) 5, N van Antwerpen (off 7m) 6, J Greer (off 7m) 7, F Greer (off 13m) 8, S Batt (off 13m) 9, J Westend (off 7m) 10. Fastest time, T Westend (scr) 42m 07s 1, C Caughey (1m) 45m 00s 2, J Ritchie (3m) 45m 26s 3, C Grammer (1m) 45m 33s 4, E Brydon (3m) 45m 58s 5. 

Close Racing Expected On Lower Wairau Course

September 6th, 2013

Fast racing and close competition is expected when Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s open grade riders compete for the Van Antwerpen trophies from Grovetown tomorrow afternoon.
The open grade 44km handicap event starts and finishes in Vickerman Street, Grovetown and covers 3 laps of the Lower Wairau circuit, taking in Jones Road, Morgans Road, Swamp Road, Dillons Point Road and Rowberrys Road. The flat and fast circuit has provided some big bunch finishes over the last few years and competition will be keen throughout the handicap marks to keep the scratch markers at bay. Scratch rider Gerard van Antwerpen will be favoured for fastest time honours with his main rivals being co-markers Tony Catterick, Jeremy Mckenzie, Callum Saunders, Dylan Vile and Luc Cowley.
The junior under 17 grade will compete in a 24km handicap event for the Amtman and Sincock trophies. Thomas Westend will be favorite for time honours with his closest competition coming from Callum Caughey and Christopher Grammer.
All riders are to assemble at 137 Vickerman Street at 1pm for a 1.30pm
start.

Fifth Consecutive Osgood Cup Time Trophy To Van Antwerpen

August 24th, 2013
Gerard van Antwerpen created a unique record when he won the Osgood Cup fastest time trophy for the fifth consecutive time at Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series event last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 54km handicap event has been raced on the Blenheim to Picton and return route since 1939. The riders tackled a head wind on the journey through to Picton before they hit the two Elevation climbs. Larry Kendall (off 11m) and co-markers Alan Milne and Ben Verhoef rode clear and rode strongly over the hills to forge a good lead on their chasing rivals. The 5m and 7m groups combined at Koromiko and later were caught by scratchmarkers Van Antwerpen, Sean O’Neill and Luc Cowley just after Tuamarina. The front three didn’t falter with Kendall taking a clear victory for the handicap trophy from Verhoef and Milne. One minute twenty seconds later Van Antwerpen secured the time honours from O’Nell and Cowley.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 28km handicap event over 4 laps of a Lower Wairau circuit. Scratchmarker Ethan Batt was the star in ploughing through the field to take first place and fastest time honours. The minor placings were taken out by 3 minute markers Callum Caughey, Jack Ritchie and Christopher Grammer.
Results:
Open grade- Fairweathers Winter series, Osgood Cups 54km handicap, L Kendall (off 11m) 1, B Verhoef (off 11m) 2, A Milne (off 11m) 3, G van Antwerpen (scr) 4, S O’Neill (scr) 5, L Cowley (scr) 6, T Neal (off 7m) 7, R Murphy (off 7m) 8, M Fletcher (off 5m) 9, M Power (off 7m) 10. Fastest time, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 16m 59s 1, S O’Neill (scr) 1hr 17m 02s 2, L Cowley (scr) s.t. 3, M Fletcher (5m) 1hr 22m 27s 4, M Murphy (5m) s.t. 5.
Junior Under 17 grade- 28km handicap, E Batt (off scr) 1, C Caughey (off 3m) 2, J Ritchie (off 3m) 3, C Grammer (off 3m) 4, S Woods (off 10m) 5. Fastest time, E Batt (scr) 53m 58s 1, C Caughey (3m) 58m 42s, J Ritchie (3m) 58m 49s 3.

Van Antwerpen Chasing 5th Consecutive Osgood Cup Win

August 22nd, 2013
Gerard van Antwerpen will be chasing a unique fifth consecutive fastest time in the Osgood Cups event in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series  tomorrow afternoon.
The open grade 54km handicap event from Blenheim to Picton and return was first raced for in 1939 and carries a great array of past winners over the events history. The handicap honours are wide open with the winner likely to come from a group that has remained fairly intact over the Elevation climbs in and out of Picton. The fastest time trophy will be fought out between van Antwerpen, and fellow scratch riders Dylan Vile, Jeremy McKenzie, Sean O’Neill, Andrew Jamieson, Ray Dunstan and Nick Batt. Van Antwerpen holds the current record of 1hr 14m 30s, set in 2009, after holding the previous record of 1hr 15m 02s since 1999. The junior under 17 grade will compete in a 28km handicap event over 4 laps of the Vickerman Street, Swamp Road, Morgans Road, Jones Road circuit. Thomas Westend will be favoured for fastest time but will expect a challenge from Callum Caughey and Christopher Grammer.  All riders are to assemble at the Rowley Crescent corner at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.