Veterans Ray Dunstan and Paul Johnson teamed well to take fastest time and handicap honours in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Geddes Cups two-up time trial event from Renwick on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km event started and finished at the Waihopai turnoff on State Highway 63 covering a course up the Wairau Valley and return. After a good fast ride to the turn riders were battered by a tough headwind on the return journey. The Dunstan/Johnson combination had a convincing win in recording 55 minutes 22 seconds, with their closest rivals Cameron Karwowski and Chris Heywood being the only other team to go under the hour with a good 56 minutes 25 seconds. The David Craig/Martin Fletcher pairing recorded 60 minutes 14 seconds for third place.
The hard conditions also saw the top riders take the handicap placings. Dunstan/Johnson (55m 22s) won from Craig/Fletcher (55m 44s) and Karwowski/Heywood (55m 55s) respectively.
The junior under 17 grade rode a two-up time trial over 20km up the Waihopai Valley and return. The challenge for time honours saw a convincing victory to Callum Streeter/Ethan Roach (30m 47s) from Jamie Hawke/Richard Anderson (32m 01s) and Leatham Landon-Lane/Callum Saunders (38m 11s). The sealed handicap went to Landon-Lane/Saunders (30m 11s) from Elodie Jacoby/Anna Duggan (30m 38s) and Streeter/Roach (30m 47s).
Open grade- Geddes Cups 40km two-up time trial, R Dunstan/P Johnson 55m 22s 1, C Karwowski/C Heywood 56m 25s 2, D Craig/M Fletcher 60m 14s 3, T Neal/G Herkt 62m 35s 4, R Lock/S Rooney 62m 43s 5, G Henderson/B Streeter 63m 50s 6, P Newman/S Aviss 64m 07s 7, M Bruce/A Clark 65m 47s 8, N Campbell/M Higgison 66m 26s 9, C Murphy/J P Carre 68m 16s 10. Sealed handicap, R Dunstan/P Johnson (scr) 55m 22s 1, D Craig/M Fletcher (4m 30s) 55m 44s 2, C Karwowski/C Heywood (30s) 55m 55s 3, T Neal/G Herkt (6m 30s) 56m 05s 4, G Henderson/B Streeter (7m 30s) 56m 20s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- 20km two-up time trial, C Streeter/E Roach 30m 47s 1, J Hawke/R Anderson 32m 01s 2, L Landon-Lane/C Saunders 38m 11s 3, E Jacoby/A Duggan 40m 38s 4, D Cresswell/Q Karwowski 42m 05s 5. Sealed handicap, L Landon-Lane (8m) 30m 11s 1, E Jacoby/A Duggan (10m) 30m 38s 2, C Streeter/E Roach (scr) 30m 47s 3.