Stage Race To Young Nick Blakiston

Junior under 19 rider Nick Blakiston rode a convincing first stage to cement victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Summernite Series, Cycle World Stage Race No4 from Wither Hills Winery last Wednesday evening.
The first 12km stage covered a course on New Renwick Road, Brancott Road and finished on the second climb up Bookers Road. A rapid pace up New Renwick Road saw the leading bunch narrowed down to nine on Brancott Road and then just five leading into the first climb on Bookers Road. Nifty climbing gave Blakiston the stage win from Lee Griggs (at 8 sec), Gerard van Antwerpen (at 10 sec), Kevin Bishell (at 15 sec) and Brent Ackroyd (at 24 sec). The final stage over 12km came down Brancott Road, up to a turn in Godfreys Road and returned to Wither Hills Winery. Thirteen riders remained in the front group for the final sprint, even though Ackroyd had put in a couple of strong breaks on the journey. In a long sprint Glen Herkt showed his speed to pip van Antwerpen on the line with Bishell, Will Hart and Martin Fletcher taking the next placings respectively.
The overall classification went to Blakiston by 5 sec to van Antwerpen with another 3 sec back to Griggs in third place. The overall handicap on the event was won by Fletcher (2m 30s) by 13 sec to Blakiston (45s) with another 9 sec back to Joe Blakiston (7m 30s) in third place.
Results:
Summernite Series- Cycle World Stage Race No 4, Stage One 12km, N Blakiston 16m 51s 1, L Griggs 16m 59s 2, G van Antwerpen 17m 01s 3, K Bishell 17m 06s 4, B Ackroyd 17m 15s 5, B Verhoef 17m 43s 6, M Murphy 17m 47s 7, G Henderson s.t. 8, M Fletcher 18m 27s 9, J Kidd 18m 29s 10. Stage Two 12km, G Herkt 18m 07s 1, G van Antwerpen s.t 2, K Bishell s.t. 3, W Hart s.t. 4, M Fletcher s.t. 5, M Murphy 18m 12s 6, N Blakiston s.t. 7, G Henderson s.t. 8, A Gifford s.t. 9, B Ackroyd s.t. 10.
General Classification, N Blakiston 35m 03s 1, G van Antwerpen at 5 sec 2, L Griggs at 8 sec 3, K Bishell at 10 sec 4, B Ackroyd at 24 sec 5, M Murphy at 56 sec 6, G Henderson s.t. 7, M Fletcher at 1m 32s 8, J Kidd at 1m 46s 9, G Herkt at 1m 49s 10. Overall Handicap Classification, M Fletcher (2m 30s) 34m 05s 1, N Blakiston (45s) 34m 18s 2, J Blakiston (7m 30s) 34m 27s 3, M Murphy (1m 20s) 34m 39s 4, G Henderson s.t. 5, K Bishell (20s) 34m 53s 6, G van Antwerpen (10s) 34m 58s 7, L Griggs (10s) 35m 01s 8, B Ackroyd (15s) 35m 12s 9, D Church (8m) 35m 19s 10.