A strong sprint home saw Gerard van Antwerpwen win the Cuddon Cycling Marlborough Club Championships in the final event of Fairweathers Winter series at Seddon on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km massed start event coverd two laps of the hilly Seaview course ridden in reasonably favourable conditions. A break on the first lap saw Tony Catterick, Sean O’Neill, Brent Harris and Van Antwerpen go clear with the rest of the field split into chasing groups. With Harris tailing off on the last climb the remaining three lined up for the placings. An early effort by O’Neill was a good lead out for the others with Van Antwerpen a comfortable winner over Catterick. Van Antwerpen took the Mills Cup for fastest time and the Masters 45-54yrs title, whilst O’Neill took the Senior Mens title. Just 6 seconds later Harris rolled in for the Masters 55+ title. Other open titles were won by Craig Harper (5th) Masters 35-44yrs, Nick Blakiston (11th) Junior Under 19 Men, and Rhonda Murphy (13th) Women. The Gleeson Challenge Cup for the sealed handicap went to Harper by just 9 seconds to Harris with another 23 seconds to Matt Wells in third place.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 20km massed start event over 1 lap of the course. The climb back towards Seddon separated the riders with Bailey Ford, a visiting rider from Nelson, taking the race win. The sprint home for the Junior Under 17 Mens title saw Christopher Grammer head off Jack Ritchie for the line honours. Grammer also took the Jowers Cup for fastest time for his efforts. Hannah Morgan took the Junior Undr 17 Womens title. The Drake Challenge Cup for the sealed handicap was won By Fergus Greer with 1m 19s to spare over brother James with a further 59s back to Niels van Antwerpen in third place.
Fairweathers Winter Series- Club Championships, Open Grade 40km Massed start, Seaview Course, Seddon, G van Antwerpen 1hr 04m 35s (Mills Cup + Masters 45-54yrs Sash) 1, T Catterick s.t. 2, S O’Neill s.t. (Senior Mens Sash) 3, B Harris 1hr 04m 41s (Masters 55+ Sash) 4, C Harper 1hr 06m 32s (Masters 35-44yrs Sash) 5, K Bishell 1hr 07m 03s 6, B Ackroyd 1hr 07m 50s 7, A Morgan s.t. 8, L Griggs 1hr 09m 04s 9, M Wells s.t. 10, N Blackiston 1hr 10m 02s (Junior Under 19 Mens Sash) 11, R Murphy s.t. (Womens Sash) 13. Sealed handicap, C Harper (5m) 1hr 01m 32s (Gleeson Challenge Cup) 1, B Harris (3m) 1hr 01m 41s 2, M Wells (7m) 1hr 02m 04s 3, M Straker (12m) 1hr 02m 22s 4, R Murphy (7m 30s) 1hr 02m 32s 5, L Griggs (6m) 1hr 03m 04s 6, K Marshall (7m 30s) 1hr 03m 10s 7, S O’Neill (1m) 1hr 03m 35s 8, N Blakiston (6m) 1hr 04m 02s 9, M Fletcher (6m) s.t. 10.
Junior Under 17 grade 20km Massed start, B Ford 38m 17s (Nelson Visitor) 1, C Grammer 39m 06s (Jowers Cup + Junior Under 17 Mens Sash) 2, J Ritchie s.t. 3, E Brydon 40m 22s 4, E Wells 40m 38s 5, H Morgan 51m 54s (Junior Under 17 Womens Sash) 11. Sealed handicap, F Greer (15m) 30m 51s (Drake Challenge Cup ) 1, J Greer (10m) 32m 10s 2, N van Antwerpen (9m) 33m 09s 3, S Morgan (8m) 34m 10s 4, S Spencer (13m) 35m 30s 5.