A strong group of Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders travelled to Nelson last Saturday to compete on the circuit that will be used for the NZ Club Nationals Championships in October.
A perfect day for racing, cloudless skies, calm warm conditions, and a backdrop of the snow covering the western ranges greeted 140 plus riders. Marlborough riders competed well with the most notable being junior under 19 rider Jamie Hawke who broke away with two other riders with 25km to go in the major 128km Grade 1 event. The trio managed to keep at bay the chasing bunch by just 30m with Ian Smallman (Christchurch) just heading off Hawke by half a bike length on the line. Masters 3 rider Tony Catterick pulled out a strong finish for second place in the large bunch finish in the 96km Grade 2 event . Several other Marlborough riders finished in this group. Masters 1 rider Rhonda Murphy also competed well to be first woman home in the 64km Grade 3 event.
Grade 1, 8 laps 128k, Senior, U23, U19, M1. 1st. Ian Smallman M1 (ChCh) 3.26.04, 2nd Jamie Hawke U19 (Marl) 3rd Dillon Bennett U19 (Hokitika), 4th Chris Nicholson Sen (S>), 5th Kevin O’Donnell Sen (Hokitika)
Grade 2, 6 laps 96k, Masters 2+, Women. 1st Nick Batt M2 (S>), 2nd Tony Catterick M3 (Marl), 3rd Grant Stirling M3 (S>), Women. 1st Tracy Clark (ChCh), 2nd Karen Fulton (S>), 3rd Lana King (S>)
U17 Grade, 1st Hamish Schreurs (Pegasus), 2nd Jacob Junghann (ChCh), 3rd Joel MacMillan (S>)
Grade 3, 4 laps 64k, 1st Tony Strang M3 (ChCh), 2nd Craig Lange M3 (ChCh), 3rd Vern Walker M3 (S>). Women, 1st Rhonda Murphy M1 (Marl), 2nd Eileen Searle M3 (S>), 3rd Dawn Chalmers Sen (S>)
Grade 4, 3 laps 48k, 1st Scott Dayman (S>), 2nd Ross Ellison M4 (S>), 3rd Dave MacManus M3 (S>), Women,1st Jenny Dravitzki M2 (S>), 2nd Andrea Livingston M2 (S>), 3rd Susan Albert M2 (S>)