Veteran Glen Herkt exploded out of the leading pack for a convincing sprint win in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s David Duff Memorial Trophy event at Fairhall on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 56km massed start event covered a course from Fairhall hall, around the large Hawkesbury circuit 4 times and return. Although there was a good pace from the start the cool and calm conditions saw a large lead group of 15 riders still intact at the end of the first lap. This group was only reduced to 12 riders on the last lap with the normal scratch riders not being able to shake any others on the way home. A strong sprint to the line saw Herkt emerge out of the pack to take victory from Tony Catterick, Jamie Kidd, Mark Grammer and Marty Bruce. The sealed handicap was won with a consistent ride by Cassandra Smith (off 38m) by just 10 seconds to sister Rhonda Murphy (off 11m) and another 2m 30s to Todd Neal (off 6m) in third place.
The junior under 17 grade also competed in a massed start event over 26km over 2 laps of the small Hawkesbury circuit and return for the Newport Trophy. It was no surprise to see the top three riders go clear early and line up for the sprint home. A tactical sprint saw Callum Streeter in control to take the win from Ethan Roach and Jamie Hawke respectively. The sealed handicap went to Will Hart (off 9m) just under 2 minutes clear of Streeter (scr) and Roach (scr).
Open grade- David Duff Memorial Trophy 56km, G Herkt 1hr 23m 01s 1, T Catterick s.t. 2, J Kidd s.t. 3, M Grammer s.t. 4, M Bruce s.t. 5, T Neal s.t. 6, C Heywood s.t. 7, B Frazer s.t. 8, A Clark s.t. 9, S Rooney s.t. 10. Sealed handicap, C Smith (off 38m) 1hr 14m 20s 1, R Murphy (off 11m) 1hr 14m 30s 2, T Neal (off 6m) 1hr 17m 01s 3, N Campbell (off 8m) 1hr 17m 32s 4, A Clark (off 4m 30s) 1hr 18m 31s 5, G Looman (0ff 6m) 1hr 19m 34s 6, G Herkt (off 3m) 1hr 20m 01s 7, J Kidd (off 3m) s.t. 8, M Grammer (off 3m) s.t 9, M Bruce (off 3m) s.t. 10.
Junior under 17 grade- Newport Trophy 26km, C Streeter 41m 20s 1, E Roach s.t. 2, J Hawke 41m 21s 3, L Landon-Lane 47m 52s 4, W Hart 48m31s 5. Sealed handicap, W Hart (off 9m) 39m 31s 1, C Streeter (off scr) 41m 20s 2, E Roach (off scr) s.t. 3, J Hawke (off scr) 41m 21s 4, S Ginders (off 9m) 41m 28s 5.