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.