Tonight’s race was very different from any race yet offered by the Cycling Section of ACM. This was a handicapped time trial that started on a flat course and then went up to the top of Kourarau hill. The goal for each rider was to try and catch the riders in front of them and then work together to close as many gaps as possible in an attempt to reach the front of the race and crest Kourarau in first place. Those who combined the attributes of both strength and climbing ability were the ones who excelled over this course. The first rider to start went as the clock hit 3 minutes and the final rider to start left as the clock ticked around to 24 minutes and 20 seconds. By the time all riders finished there was less than a10 minute time spread between the first and last finishers.
For many, if not all riders in this race, it was important not to hit the ‘red zone’ on the flat before the climb began. Quite a few people managed to catch (or allow themselves to be caught) on the flat which gave them the benefit of working with other riders to reach the base of the hill. If you put too much effort into the flat, then your legs would fail you on the climb.
Congratulations tonight go to Jorge Sandoval who conquered the field to crest the summit first. Congratulations to Karen Blade, first woman to reach the top. The battle for fastest overall time was a hot one, with Erik D’Arbois completing the ride just 2 seconds faster than Simon Pumfrey. Lesley Mouat was fastest woman overall. Special mention has to go to Phil Sutherland, who has only just returned from completing the Tour of Aotearoa (cycling top to bottom of the island – that’s 3000kms in less than a month!). Phil flew up the hill tonight dropping all the riders who had caught or been caught by him on the flat and there was nothing they could do about it! The other special mention goes to Finn Roberts on his first ever ascent of Kourarau Hill. Finn managed to fly past a few riders to finish third overall.
Once again, many thanks to all race officials without whom we would not be able to race.
Good luck to all those who are contesting the Wellington Centre Championships this weekend. If you are not racing and could assist with marshalling – please let Karen know.
Next week we return to an oldie but goodie – Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road. The following week will be the final Tuesday race of the season – course to be confirmed next week.
|Shute Order||Race No||Rider||Start time||Finish time||Ride time|
|18||73||Erik D’Arbois||0:23:45||0:52:51||0:29:06||Fastest man|
|21||5||Lesley Mouat||0:21:00||0:53:02||0:32:02||Fastest woman|
|28||116||Peter Jones/Derek Cox||0:22:45||0:53:48||0:31:03|