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.
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.