Marty Bruce outsprinted his co-markers to win the Vincent Shield in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s opening day at Renwick on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 34km handicap event was ridden in damp conditions over 3 laps of the Condors Bend/ Renwick circuit. All the action in the event evolved at the start of the final lap. The 6 minute bunch had just hit the front when they were overhauled quickly by the 8 strong break bunch (off 1m 30s). These riders kept up their pace to line up for the sprint home in Condors Bend Road. Bruce produced the strong finish for line honours to head off Paul Newman and Bronwen Frazer. The scratch pair of Tony Catterick and Gerard van Antwerpen rode a hard race to finish just 25 seconds back with Catterick taking time honours.
The junior under 17 grade event for the Opening Day Cup was reduced to 11.4km due to roadworks. Scratch markers Callum Streeter and Ethan Roach through the field with Streeter just having the edge in a close sprint to take victory and fastest time honours. Anna Duggan (off 4m) stuck to her task to take a comfortable third place.
Open grade- Vincent Shield 34km handicap, M Bruce (off 1m 30s) 1, P Newman (off 1m 30s) 2, B Frazer (off 1m 30s) 3, C Heywood (off 1m 30s) 4, D Craig (off 1m 30s) 5, M Mulder (off 1m 30s) 6, M Catterick (off 1m 30s) 7, M Murphy (off 1m 30s) 8, T Catterick (off scratch) 9, G van Antwerpen (off scratch) 10. Fastest time, T Catterick (scr) 48m 47s 1, G van Antwerpen (scr) s.t. 2, M Bruce (1m 30s) 49m 52s 3. Womens fastest time, B Frazer (1m 30s) 49m 52s 1, M Catterick (1m 30s) s.t. 2, R Murphy (6m) 56m 46s 3.
Junior under 17 grade- opening Day Cup 11.4km handicap, C Streeter (off scratch) 1, E Roach (off scratch) 2, A Duggan (off 4m) 3, Q Karwowski (off 3m) 4, L Landon-Lane (off 2m) 5. Fastest time, C Streeter (scr) 17m 35s 1, E Roach (scr) 17m 36s 2, L Landon-Lane (2m) 21m 54s 3.