Andrew Curnow cemented a great win with a top hill climb in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Whatamango 3 stage event last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade event started off with a 27km stage from Blenheim to Picton. Most of the field stayed together until the Elevation climb when the split went. Gerard van Antwerpen took line honours from Curnow with Craig Anderson and Andrew Gifford not far back in third and fourth place respectively. The sealed handicap was won by Frank Marfell from Grant Clifford and Gifford.
The second 10km stage covered a course from Waikawa to the top of the Whatamango hill. Curnow outshone his rivals by over 3 minutes with a great climb of 26m 34s. Luc Cowley (29m 37s) surprised with a good second place over Anderson (29m 44s), van Antwerpen (29m 45s) and Gifford (29m 57s). Martin Fletcher produced a good ride for the sealed handicap win from Cowley and Curnow.
The final 27km stage from Nelson back to Vickerman Street, Blenheim saw the field split on the Elevation climb out of Picton. Curnow, van Antwerpen, Cowley, Anderson and Gifford forged ahead with Van Antwerpen and Anderson breaking clear at Tuamarina. Van Antwerpen finally went away on a solo mission to take line honours by 1m 04s from Anderson with Gifford taking the third place sprint another 30 seconds back. The handicap again went to Fletcher from Marfell and van Antwerpen.
The overall classification went to Curnow by 1m 20s to van Antwerpen with Anderson a further 1m 25s back in third place. The sealed handicap trophy went to Fletcher (12pt) from Marfell (11pt) and Cowley (10pt).
Whatamango 3 stage event- Stage One 27km, G van Antwerpen 38m 20s 1, A Curnow s.t. 2, C Anderson 38m 40s 3, A Gifford 38m 42s 4, M Murphy 38m 50s 5. Sealed handicap, F Marfell 6pt, G Clifford 5pt, A Gifford 4pt, C Anderson 3pt, L Cowley 2pt. Stage Two 10km TT, A Curnow 26m 34s 1, L Cowley 29m 37s 2, C Anderson 29m 44s 3, G van Antwerpen 29m 45s 4, A Gifford 29m 57s 5. Sealed handicap, M Fletcher 6pt, L Cowley 5pt, A Curnow 4pt, A Gifford 3pt, G van Antwerpen 2pt. Stage Three 27km, G van Antwerpen 42m 15s 1, C Anderson 43m 19s 2, A Gifford 43m 48s 3, L Cowley s.t. 4, A Curnow 43m 50s 5. Sealed handicap, M Fletcher 6pt, F Marfell 5pt, G van Antwerpen 4pt, L Cowley 3pt, C Anderson 2pt. Overall classification, A Curnow 108m 46s 1, G van Antwerpen 110m 06s 2, C Anderson 111m 31s 3, L Cowley 112m 10s 4, A Gifford 112m 23s 5. Sealed handicap, M Fletcher 12pt 1, F Marfell 11pt 2, L Cowley 10pt 3, A Gifford 7pt 4, G van Antwerpen 7pt 5.