Another excellent evening of bike racing

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With hills spread over the entire 55km the Kourarau loop is one of the toughest in the club calendar. Forty eight riders competed over the distance in a graded road race with another five racing over a shorter course. A brisk northeasterly made its presence felt on the long climb up Kourarau and through Westmere but became a blessing coming up the other side of Limeworks and to the finish in Watsons Rd. It provided plenty of extra horsepower for tired riders.

As with graded road races the A grade fastest riders started first with B, C, D and E grades following at minute intervals. The results tell the story with Jack Sowry in 1.26.02 comfortably ahead of Dominic Green and Craig Mangin. Lesley Mouat in 1.33.26 was first woman followed by Julie Millar and Kirsten Goodin. All five grades spat out competitors at regular intervals so for many it became a solo ride to the finish line. None of the grades finished together with riders, seemingly doing well, suddenly fading off the back. Other grade winners were Derek Cox, Andrew Curtis-Cody, Douglas Maclachlan and Belinda Fuller.

On the short course Lotte Willemstein in 46.19 led home Claudia Green and Penny Walker.

Once again there were marshalls scattered around the entire course at each of the important intersections and the timing people came up with the numbers here. Our thanks to one and all.

The results are in two parts. The first lists the riders in grade finishing order; the second file in fastest time order. Enjoy.

Next Tuesday, March 3, is a HRR on the Wainuioru Y loop over 40km. We start and finish at Wainuioru School. Give yourselves plenty of time to drive out there for the 6.00pm start. And, this Saturday, February 28 at 2.00pm at the Masterton Motoplex at the aerodrome off Manaia Rd, is the club criterium championships. See you all then.

 

24.02.2015 GRR Kourarau loop, 55km

Age beats beauty

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There were 39 riders on the Bideford road on Tuesday. They were competing in a handicap road race from Te Ore Ore to the site of the old Bideford Hall and return. It is a testing 38km route with its mix of flat running, undulating roadway and lengthy hills. Six groups started in almost ideal conditions with warm temperatures and breezy winds.

Elusive Mike Parker, off at three minutes, won the day in 1.11.05 posting the same time as Emily Luytens with David Howden third across the line. The age/youth link proved quickest too with Pete James in 58.26 leading Tom McCallum who shared 58.27 with Dave Drummond, all off on scratch. A number of riders felt the pain having competed in the club’s Saturday hill climb champs on the Kourarau hill and others, in the earlier grades, picked up exhilarating tows by faster competitors coming through the field.

Helene Dore, off at three minutes, was first woman home in 1.11.13 with Megan Simpson second and Emily third.

Apart from scratch who stayed together over the entire ride, all other groups produced mixed results proving again the difficulties of handicapping this course. While it is good to hook onto faster riders it can also be depressing to find following groups rapidly approaching.

A good group of marshalls and timekeepers kept time and kept the road safe for both drivers and cyclists.

The results are in three parts – the first in across-the-line shute order; the second in time finish order; the third in group order.

Next week, Tuesday February 24, we compete in the 55km Kourarau circuit in a graded road race. Be at Watsons Road for a 6.00pm start. No late registrations.

 

17.02.2015 HRR Bideford & return 38km

Langlands wins ITT

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Mark Langlands topped the field at Tuesday evening’s Individual Time Trial. Forty eight riders rode to Holdsworth and back with another three competing over the short course. ITT are a true test as each rider competes as an individual without assistance from other riders. Starting at 30 second intervals riders made their way to the reserve entrance, a slight climb, before turning and running for home. Close times resulted with mere seconds separating riders. As can happen, although starting separately, riders can come together in mini peletons which aids their performance much to the chagrin of riders whose luck does not provide such opportunities.

The usual westerly was replaced by a south easterly and many riders found the run home, especially the last km or two quite hard work.

Mark, in a time of 41.36, led home Dave Shepherd and Pete James while Lesley Mouat, in 48.10, was first woman followed by Kirsten Goodin and Donna Burkhart. It was excellent to see Jenny Devenport back on her bike after her accident some months ago. Brian Lambert also turned up on an ancient bike and completed the course.

The results are attached. Please DON’T notify of any errors. It’s taken a bit of work to get this far!

Next week: Tuesday February 17, we compete in a handicap road race over 38km from Henley Lake to Bideford. Meet for a 6.00pm start. No late registrations and no aerobars. And, this Saturday February 14, at 2.00pm is the club hill climb champs on the Kourarau Hill at Gladstone. That will be another individual ride just like the time trial.

10.02.2015 Amended Holdsworth & return,29km

Masterton Hosts Race 1 of Wellington Region Interclub

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2015 Interclub Race One

ACM Hosted the first of the cycling series of the Wellington Region’s Interclub Cycle races. This year the Masterton race used a brand new course that proved to be somewhat testing for some riders.  A few didn’t manage to find the first marshall on Biddiford Road and turned early, oops!

 

Well done to all riders, especially those who gained points for ACM!

 

Results attached.

Next Race is Kapiti on Sunday 15th February starting at Te Horo.