Visiting cyclist heads off field for Marlborough 80

Veteran Brian Grant, of the Star and Garter Wheelers club in Nelson, had a convincing win in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s 80km open championship at Fairhall on Saturday afternoon.

The open grade handicap started and finished at Fairhall Hall and was ridden over three laps of the Benmorven/Hawkesbury circuit taking in the Ridge Resort hill climb on each lap. It was the 18min middle markers who dominated the proceedings, with a good working group in the first two laps.

A lot of groups fell apart in the final lap as the riders tired.

Grant (off 18min) and co-marker Josh Scott (CCM) hit the front with a strong ride to the finish, Grant taking the line honours and the Gibson Challenge Cup and Scott taking the Savoy Trophy for first Marlborough Rider home. Just over a minute later another local Brent Ackroyd (off 18m) headed off co-marker Paul Ashley (SGW) and Craig Rendall (CCM off 26m) for third.

Fastest time went to junior under 19 scratch rider Keiran Hambrook (SGW) who had broken away from the scratch group at the start to take time by 2m 52s.

Hambrook took the Gibson Challenge Cup and junior under 19 title. Local Gerard van Antwerpen took second fastest and the veteran title. Other titles went to Dawn Chalmers (SGW) women, and Scott, senior men. The junior under 17 grade competed in a 25km championship over one lap of the open course. Georgia Hammond (CCM) outsprinting clubmate co-markers Daniel Creswell and Emma Cresswell for a fine win and the fastest junior under 17 women’s title.

A strong scratch group saw Marlborough riders dominant with Callum Streeter producing a good sprint for the junior under 17 men’s title from Richard Anderson and Ethan Roach.