Hawkesbury/Barracks Handicap event this Saturday (23rd June)

This Saturday afternoon we will be meeting on Dog Point Road (Just west of bridges on Brookby Rd corner) at 1pm for a 1.30pm start. The open grade will compete in a 40km handicap event covering a course over 3.5 laps of the top Hawkesbury circuit, then up and over the Barracks hill and returning to Dog Point finish via Brookby, Kennedys and Hawkesbury Rd. There will also be a shorter 22km option. Should be challenging for all groups.
Now only 3 weeks to start of Winter Season (weekly events July to October).
Time to get a few more training rides in.
See you on Saturday.

Road Race 9th June

A 43km handicap event was run in windy conditions over 6 laps of the Lower Wairau circuit.  The scratch trio of Craig Harper, Gerard van Antwerpen and Sean O’Neill worked extremely well together to catch the 5min break bunch on lap 4 and then hit the front of the field at the end of lap 5. A strong sprint home saw Harper (scr) take line honours from van Antwerpen (scr) and Merrick Thompson (5m), followed by Andrew Gifford (5m) and O’Neill (scr). Fastest time of 64m52 was recorded by Harper.

Results Road 26th May

A handicap event was run in good conditions over 4 laps (36km) of the Benmorven circuit.  On the third lap the 13m markers Katie Batt and Nathan Harris caught the front markers. Consistent riding saw them stay in front until about 4km to go when they were caught by the strong 5m group. A good sprint home saw Andrew Gifford (5m) take line honours from Merrick Thompson (5m) and Katie Batt (13m), followed by Ian Martella, Glen Herkt, Harris, and Craig Anderson. Scratch finished just 25 seconds back after being down 2minutes with one lap remaining. Gerard van Antwerpen took fastest time honours from co-markers Craig Harper and Nick Batt.

Results Road 12th May

A handicap event was run in good conditions over 2 laps (38km) of the Tuamarina/Rarangi circuit. Consistent riding by the 5 minute group saw them hit the front with approximately 11km to go. Action in the last couple of kilometres saw Merrick Thompson (5m) take the final sprint from co-markers Andrew Gifford and Ian Martella, Katie Batt (12m) and Glen Herkt (5m). The scratch markers had a solid ride just over a minute back with Gerard van Antwerpen taking fastest time from Nick Batt. A good time of 58m 22s.

Geddes Memorial Two-Up Time Trial

Race 7 of Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Fairweathers Winter series was held last weekend with the Geddes Memorial Two-Up Time Trial events on SH63 between Renwick and Wairau Valley Township. The long course of 40km and the short course of 20km saw some good numbers of two-rider teams entering, and in a repeat of the last several weekends, conditions were ideal with just a light north easterly breeze building during the racing to provide a headwind on the homeward leg.

The duo of Jeremy McKenzie and Josh Scott proved to be in a field of their own taking out the long course distance in a time of 54m50s and claiming the Geddes Memorial Trophy. Father and Daughter pairing of Tony and Georgia Catterick rode well to take second place in 56m57s, followed by Sean O’Neill and Craig Harper in third with 57m16s.

The short course similarly was taken out by a strong team comprising Mark Grammer and Thomas Westend who recorded a time of 27m50s. Niels van Antwerpen and Callum Caughey took a surprise second placing with 29m57s over Hugh Trollope and Zac Mortimer who recorded 30m01s.

Results:

Long Course 40km – J McKenzie/J Scott 54m50s 1, T Catterick/G Catterick 56m57s 2, S O’Neill/C Harper 57m16s 3, D MacKenzie/B Verhoef 59m16s 4, M Fletcher/M Murphy 59m48s 5.

Short Course 20km – M Grammer/T Westend 27m50s 1, N van Antwerpen/C Caughey 29m57s 2, H Trollope/Zac Mortimer 30m01s 3, C Grammer/J Greer 31m05s 4, S Morgan/S Woods 31m29s 5.