A fine solo breakaway saw Ray Dunstan take line honours for the James Palatchie Memorial Cup in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series event at Seddon on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km handicap event was ridden over two laps of the tough Seaview course instead of the usual trek over the Weld Pass and return from Riverlands. The new course proved challenging with most handicap groups staying fairly intact to keep the scratch group at bay. On the climb back up to Seddon on the first lap Dunstan (off 2m 30s) put the pressure on his eight co-markers and just rode away. On the second and final lap the field closed up dramatically with Marty Bruce (off 11m) and co-marker Mark Power being caught by the 6m 30s group with approximately 4km to go. With about 3km to go Dunstan then powered past this group to finish 14 seconds clear of his nearest rivals. The sprint for the minor placings was taken out by Martin Fletcher (off 6m 30s) from co-markers Georgia Catterick, Lee Griggs, and Craig Anderson. Scratch rider Gerard van Antwerpen took the fastest time honours from Tony Catterick and Dylan Vile.
The junior under 17 grade handicap event for the Palatchie Cup was ridden over one lap of the course. As the field closed up on the long drag back up to Seddon, Brittany Lucas (off 14m) hit the front and rode on for a fine win over sister Hannah Lucas (off 16m) who was just 10 seconds back at the line. The sprint for third place saw Zac Mortimer (off 2m 30s) in control over Ezra Wells (off 5m) and Jack Ritchie (off 2m 30s). Solo scratch rider Thomas Westend took time honours by just over a minute from Mortimer and Ritchie.
Open grade- Fairweathers Winter series, James Palatchie Memorial Cup 40km handicap, R Dunstan (off 2m 30s) 1, M Fletcher (off 6m 30s) 2, G Catterick (off 6m 30s) 3, L Griggs (off 6m 30s) 4, C Anderson (off 6m 30s) 5, M Power (off 11m) 6, M Bruce (off 11m) 7, M Catterick (off 6m 30s) 8, L Cowley (off 2m 30s) 9, B Harris (off 2m 30s) 10. Fastest time, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 05m 16s 1, T Catterick (scr) 1hr 05m 17s 2, D Vile (scr) 1hr 05m 20s 3, R Dunstan (2m 30s) 1hr 05m 55s 4, L Cowley (2m 30s) 1hr 07m 21s 5.
Junior Under 17 grade- Palatchie Cup 20km handicap, B Lucas (off 14m) 1, H Lucas (off 16m) 2, Z Mortimer (off 2m 30s) 3, E Wells (off 5m) 4, j Ritchie (off 2m 30s) 5, H Trollope (off 5m) 6, T Westend (off scr) 7, J Westend (off 6m 30s) 8, H Morgan (off 16m) 9, J Greer (off 6m 30s) 10. Fastest time, T Westend (scr0 35m 55s 1, Z Mortimer (2m 30s) 37m 00s 2, J Ritchie (2m 30s) 37m 05s 3.