It was a challenging parcours for the riders who presented themselves to the start line for the club road race championship. Just on 60 kms over two laps of the Millars Road circuit and one lap for the short course riders. Local temperature was nudging 30 degrees and there was a brisk nor’westerly which ramped up as the evening progressed.
Out on the circuit this translated to a long drag into a headwind as the riders passed the Hurunui-O-Rangi marae and continued up past the Gladstone vineyards and over the rise past Middle Run. Turning the corner onto Carters Line and down to the Deerstalkers Hall is normally a fast & furious affair but this evening made difficult by a blustery and bullying crosswind that caused numerous problems for riders caught in a gap or out of position in the line.
Bearing left past the Hall and up past the mushroom factory gave some respite in the form of a rough tailwind pretty much all the way up to the Millars Road turn off and continued with a blustery tailwind up and over the Millars road climb. The final leg presented with a solid cross headwind which was to be endured all the way to the finish line.
First two men across the line were Mark Langland followed by Derek Roberts. First woman was Emily Luytens who just pipped Belinda Fuller for line honours. Also congratulations to first junior boy, Finn Roberts, and first junior girl, Jaimie Blackburn.
Congratulations to all riders who completed the course tonight and a big thanks to all the marshalls for doing a sterling job and to Di for the BBQ
Report: Andy Curtis-Cody