A surprise entry by a couple one of top New Zealand’s cyclists in Tuesday night’s Bikefit Summer Night Series time trial made for a change in the usual finishing order. Ashburton's Jason Christie, who took bronze at the elite national championship early this year, recorded a near record breaking time of 19min 44sec for the race against the clock over 16km on the New Renwick Rd. course.
The Ben-Morven circuit, with a finish up on Marlborough Ridge, was the venue of the 6th race in the Bikefit Summer Night Series held by Cuddon Cycling Marlborough on Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday evening Cuddon Cycling Marlborough held the 5th race in the Bikefit Summer Night Series on the Lower Wairau circuit. This was the 2nd kermesse style race in the series, with the winner decided on the basis of points to be gained at each passing of the finish line.
The 4th race, a time trial, of the Bikefit Summer Night Series races was held by Cuddon Cycling Marlborough on Tuesday evening in warm but quite windy conditions. A good field of 23 riders presented themselves for the test against the clock over 16km on the New Renwick Rd. course.
Despite the wind all riders recorded slightly faster times than 3 weeks ago, and a close battle was fought for the top placing between Jeremy McKenzie and Ray Dunstan. Both being very strong time-trial riders ensured a tight finish, with McKenzie coming out on top with an 8 second advantage over Dunstan. Ethan Batt continued his good form by grabbing 3rd place, only 19sec further back.
On Tuesday evening the 3rd race in the Bikefit Summer Night Series was held by Cuddon Cycling Marlborough on the 11km long Rarangi - Tua Marina circuit. After the time trail and kermesse - points race, this was the 1st road race style race of the series. 26 riders, split up over 4 grades, turned up on the night, despite facing an increasingly cold southerly wind, which promised tough racing conditions.