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.
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.