Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s riders battled strong northwest winds in both time trial events held during the last week.
The opening of the ‘Summernite’ season was held at Wither Hills Winery on last Wednesday evening with a 16km two-up invitation time trial. A field of thirty two riders competed on the out and return New Renwick Road/Godfreys Road course. Most teams were made up of a club member and a newcomer which made for some interesting results, especially in the windy conditions. Seasoned riders Peter Crampton and Leatham Landon-Lane zoomed over the course to take fastest time in 21m 56s. Newcomers to Blenheim, Nick Batt and son Ethan gave a strong display to record 24m 10s whilst Glen Herkt and Henry Harvey werethird in 24m 47s. The Graham Henderson/Lance Spencer (26m 00s) pair were fourth with the first Women combination Rhonda Murphy/Kat Bamfield (28m 06s) taking fifth place.
On Saturday afternoon the Open grade competed in a 40km team time trial from Renwick to almost Wairau Valley township and return. The top team of Tony Catterick, Gerard van Antwerpen, Ray Dunstan and Nick Batt blew away the opposition in the tough conditions to record a good time of 55m 48s. The 55 plus team of Ben Verhoef, Ryan Lock, Graham Henderson and Duncan MacKenzie recorded 63m 12s for second place just 4 seconds up on the Mike Murphy, Nick Blakiston, Todd Neal Will Hart combination. The Womens team of Michelle Catterick, Georgia Catterick, Rhonda Murphy and Caroline McCarthy recorded a respectable 65m 35s for fourth place.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 20km team time trial. The top team of Thomas Westend, Ethan Batt, Ethan Brydon and Dylan Vile produced a good effort to record 33m 54s.
Summernite season 16km Two-Up Time Trial, P Crampton/L Landon 21m 56s 1, N Batt/E Batt 24m 10s 2, G Herkt/H Harvey 24m 47s 3, G Henderson/L Spencer 26m 00s 4, R Murphy/K Bamfield 28m 06s 5, S Rooney/P Taylor 28m 22s 6, R Dunstan/Marianne 28m 41s 7, C Murphy/M Jones 28m 48s 8, G van Antwerpen/N van Antwerpen 29m 07s 9, B Ackroyd/D Price 29m 08s 10.
Open grade 40km Team Time Trial, T Catterick, G van Antwerpen, R Dunstan, N Batt 55m 48s 1, B Verhoef, R Lock, G Henderson, D MacKenzie 63m 12s 2, M Murphy, n Blakiston, T Neal, W Hart 63m 16s 3, M Catterick, G Catterick, R Murphy, C McCarthy 65m 35s 4, M McManaway, D Hutchison, M Straker, D Craighead, F Marfell 67m20s 5.
Junior Under 17 grade 20km Team Time Trial, T Westend, E Batt, E Brydon, D Vile 33m 54s 1, N van Antwerpen, S Woods, D van Antwerpen 45m 22s 2, Z Mortimer, C Caughey, H Trollope, J Ritchie 46m 36s 3, S Spencer, J Westend, J Greer 48m 32s 4.