Harper Takes Palatchie Cup

Last Saturday the Palatchie Cups were at stake on the Dumgree to Medway and return on the Awatere Valley Road. It was Craig Harper who had a strong ride to take first place trophy and fastest time from the 3min break mark edging out his co-marker Gerard van Antwerpen in the run to the line. Lone scratch rider Ethan Batt had caught a minute of his handicap to break on the way out but the headwind trip home favoured Harper and van Antwerpen. The duo caught the rest of the field about 8km from home with only Craig Anderson managing to hold onto them for a few kilometres. Anderson (off 8m) took third 15sec ahead of the chasing bunch who were headed in By Katie Batt (off 18m) who took the junior trophy.
Results: Palatchie Cups 47km Hcp- C Harper (3m) 1, G van Antwerpen (3m) 2, C Anderson (8m) 3, K Batt (18m) 4, M Murphy (8m) 5, M Fletcher (8m) 6, I Martella (8m) 7, G Henderson (18m) 8, E Batt (scr) 9, N Batt (3m) 10. Fastest time- C Harper (3m) 1h11m46s 1, G van Antwerpen (3m) s.t. 2, E Batt (scr) 1h15m22s 3, C Anderson (8m) 1h18m10s 4, M Murphy (8m)