Close finishes were seen in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Cycle World Graded Race No4 at Fairhall last Wednesday evening.
The ‘A’ grade 40km event over 4 laps of Benmorven, finishing on the flat into the Ridge Resort, drew only a small field with Gerard van Antwerpen taking advantage to increase his series lead with a sprint win over Brodie Catterick and Lee Griggs.
The ‘B’ grade 31km event still saw 11 riders in contention with 2kms to go. A strong attack by Kevin Bishell 1km out spread the riders. Junior under 19 rider Dylan Vile impressed to run down Bishell 10m from the line to become equal series leader with Ethan Batt. Craig Anderson took third place just ahead of Graham Henderson and Luc Cowley.
The ‘C’ grade 31km event was a close affair with all riders participating in the sprint finish. Approximately half a bike length separated the first 3 riders with Warren Hall getting the nod from Merrick Thompson and Grant Clifford. Series leader Chrisopher Grammer was fourth just ahead of Hugh Trollope and Susan van der Pol.
The ‘D’ grade 22km event was dominated by series leader Shaun Woods who headed off Dagmar and Niels van Antwerpen in the sprint to the line.
Cycle World Graded Race No4- ‘A’ grade 40km, G van Antwerpen 61m 35s 1, B Catterick 61m 36s 2, L Griggs 61m 37s 3. ‘B’ grade 31km, D Vile 49m 36s 1, K Bishell s.t. 2, C Anderson 49m 38s 3, G Henderson 49m 42s 4, L Cowley s.t. 5. ‘C’ grade 31km, W Hall 56m 06s 1, M Thompson s.t. 2, G Clifford s.t. 3, C Grammer s.t. 4, H Trollope s.t. 5. ‘D’ grade 22km, S Woods 47m 09s 1, D van Antwerpen 47m 10s 2, N van Antwerpen s.t. 3, J Greer 48m 52s 4.