Lee Griggs continued his recent good form with a well deserved victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s James Palatchie Memorial Cup event last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 45km handicap event from Riverlands to the Awatere Valley and return is always a test of hill climbing ability with the climbs over the Weld and Dashwood Pass. With a slight head wind on the outward journey Denis Church (off 26m) was first to the turn for home on the Awatere Valley Road. Griggs (off 10m) and Michelle Catterick (off 10m) had left their co-markers behind and were only 2m 21s back after an impressive ride over the hills. On the return journey the pair soon hit the front to be never headed. Griggs took the trophy in the sprint to the line with Catterick an equally deserved fine ride in second place. Martin Fletcher (off 10m) battled on alone to take a good third place to finish 48 seconds clear of break riders Brent Ackroyd (off 3m 30s) and Brent Harris. Fastest time honours went to Gerard van Antwerpen (scratch) from co-marker Tony Catterick.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 24km handicap event on an out and return course on the Taylor Pass Road for the Palatchie Cup. Sonia Ginders (off 7m) rode away from co-marker taylor Burn in the latter stages for a good win by 50 seconds. Burn held on to second place by just 17 seconds from the fast finishing scratch rider Brodie Catterick who took third place after riding away from his co-markers.
Open grade- James Palatchie Memorial Cup 45km handicap, L Griggs (off 10m) 1, M Catterick (off 10m) 2, M Fletcher (off 10m) 3, B Ackroyd (off 3m 30s) 4, B Harris (off 3m 30s) 5, G van Antwerpen (off scr) 6, T Catterick (off scr) 7, G Murray (off 3m 30s) 8, D Church (off 26m) 9, M McManaway (off 10m) 10. Fastest time, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 09m 32s 1, T Catterick (scr) s.t. 2, B Ackroyd (3m 30s) 1hr 12m 17s 3, B Harris (3m 30s) 1hr 12m 19s 4, G Murray (3m 30s) 1hr 13m 36s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- Palatchie Cup 24km handicap, S Ginders (off 7m) 1, T Burn (off 7m) 2, B Catterick (off scr) 3, Q Karwowski (off scr) 4, W Hart (off scr) 5. Fastest time, B Catterick (scr) 38m 54s 1, Q Karwowski (scr) 39m 34s 2, W Hart (scr) 39m 36s 3.