Okaramio Challenge To Kidd

Jamie Kidd’s awesome effort over the last 6 kilometres saw him snatch victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Okaramio Hotel Challenge Trophy event at Okaramio last Saturday afternoon.

The open grade 50km handicap event covered a rolling course out to Havelock over the Mahakipawa hill to almost Linkwater and return. The Mahakipawa hill was the test for most riders for their bunches to stay intact. The 4 minute break bunch was solid and started to mow its way through the field on the homeward journey. Kidd and Mark Grammer had ridden away for a short period but were soon caght by their co-markers again. Kidd made his big move on the Rocky Creek hill and time trialled home to take line honours 5 seconds ahead of a 10 strong group. Josh Roach (4m) took the sprint for second place ahead of Todd Neal (6m), Rhonda Murphy (10m) and Stephen Rooney (4m).

The large scratch group came in 2 minutes 30 seconds later with Ray Dunstan taking the sprint for fastest time from David Craig, Bronwen Frazer and Brendan Neylon.

Results:

Okaramio Hotel Challenge Trophy 50km handicap, J Kidd (off 4m) 1, j Roach (off 4m) 2, T Neal (off 6m) 3, R Murphy (off 10m) 4, S Rooney (off 4m) 5, B Streeter (off 6m) 6, C Murphy (off 6m) 7, A Gifford (off 6m) 8, M Mulder (off 4m) 9, M Grammer (off 4m) 10. Fastest time, R Dunstan (scr) 1hr 16m 59s 1, D Craig (scr) s.t. 2, B Frazer (scr) s.t. 3, B Neylon (scr) s.t. 4, P Newman (scr) 1hr 17m 13s 5.