Gerard van Antwerpen’s experience showed when he sprinted in to retain the Ray Squire Memorial in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Troubador Trophy event at Rapaura last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 70km massed start event covering six laps of the lower Rapaura circuit got off to a quick start with 25 riders still intact at the end of the first lap. An attack by Tony Catterick and Chris Heywood on lap two dwindled the front group to 19 and the later to a stable 13 riders. Van Antwerpen broke out of the bunch approximately 300m from the finish with only Kevin Bishell staying with him. Van Antwerpen won by a bike length to Bishell with 3 seconds back to Jamie Hawke who just headed off Heywood and Catterick in the group finish. The Troubador Trophy for the handicap win again saw Denis Church (off 30m) in the winning seat after teaming up with Lisa McManaway. Church won by just 42 seconds over Todd Neal (1m 30s), with Jamie Kidd (1m 30s) and Marcel Mulder (1m 30s) third equal.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 35km massed start over 3 laps of the open circuit. The duel between the top two riders went right to the line with Callum Saunders just edging out Ethan Roach in a close finish. Just over 3 minutes back Will Hart pressured his rivals over the latter stages to take third place by 6 seconds to Quinn Karwowski and another 9 seconds back to Nick Blakiston and Sonia Ginders. The Troubador Trophy for the sealed handicap win went to Karwowski by a good margin of 56 seconds to Hart and another 15 seconds to Blakiston in third place.
Open grade- Troubador Trophy/Ray Squire Memorial Cup 70km massed start/sealed handicap, G van Antwerpen 1hr 38m 33s 1, K Bishell s.t. 2, J Hawke 1hr 38m 36s 3, C Heywood s.t. 4, T Catterick s.t. 5, S O’Neill s.t. 6, R Dunstan s.t. 7, B Harris s.t. 8, P Newman s.t. 9, T Neal s.t 10. Sealed handicap, D Church (30m) 1hr 36m 24s 1, T Neal (1m 30s) 1hr 37m 06s 2, J Kidd (1m 30s) and M Mulder (1m 30s) s.t. 3 equal, S Rooney (1m 30s) s.t. 5.
junior under 17 grade- troubador Trophy 35km massed start/sealed handicap, C Saunders 55m 23s 1, E Roach s.t. 2, W Hart 58m 47s 3, Q Karwowski 58m 53s 4, N Blakiston 59m 02s 5. Sealed handicap, Q Karwowski (5m) 53m 53s 1, W Hart (4m) 54m 47s 2, N Blakiston (4m) 55m 02s 3, S Ginders (4m) 55m 03s 4, C Saunders (scr) 55m 23s 5.