Veteran cyclist Ray Dunstan outrode his younger rivals to win the Vincent Cup in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s time trial on the Waihopai Valley Road last Saturday afternoon.
The 40km open grade event covered a course from the Grove Mill Winery to just above Craiglochart and return. With a head wind on the outward journey up the valley it was obvious there was only going to be a few rders go under the one hour barrier. Dunstan was heading for a time around 56 minutes when he was unlucky to puncture. He was fortunate to get a spare wheel and carried on to still take victory (57m 59s) by 21 seconds from junior under 19 rider Cameron Karwowski (58m 20s) and another veteran Conway Taylor (58m 58s).
The Verhey Cup for the sealed handicap deservedly went to Marie Higgison who won by a large margin of 1m 41s to Lance Spencer with another 55s back to Taylor.
The junior under 17 grade rode a 16km time trial to the spy base and return. Top rider Callum Streeter had an easy win to record 26m 32s. Henry Barnett (30m14s) headed off Pim Greven (30m 43s) for second place. The sealed handicap was won by Emma Crosswell by 40s to Greven with Nick Blakiston another 2s back in third place.
Open grade- 40km Vincent Cup time trial, R Dunstan 57m 59s 1, C Karwowski 58m 20s 2, C Taylor 58m 58s 3, G Baxter 62m 14s 4, C Heywood 63m 34s 5, S Rooney 65m 56s 6, G Herkt 66m 53s 7, N Campbell 67m 31s 8, T Neal 67m 41s 9, P Halligan 67m 48s 10. Sealed handicap, Verhey Cup, M Higgison (22m) 52m 52s 1, L Spencer (15m) 54m 33s 2, C Taylor (3m 30s) 55m 28s 3, N Campbell (11m) 56m 31s 4, C Karwowski (1m) 57m 20s 5, C Murphy (11m) 57m 23s 6, T Neal (10m) 57m 41s 7, P Halligan (10m) 57m 48s 8, G Herkt (9m) 57m 53s 9, S Rooney (8m) 57m 56s 10.
Junior under 17 grade- 16km time trial, C Streeter 26m 32s 1, H Barnett 30m 14s 2, P Greven 30m 43s 3, L Landon-Lane 31m 40s 4, W Hart 31m 52s 5. Sealed handicap, E Crosswell (8m) 25m 03s 1, P Greven (5m) 25m 43s 2, N Blakiston (11m) 25m 45s 3, W Hart (6m) 25m 52s 4, E Jacoby (6m 30s) 26m 00s 5.