Langlands and Fuller continue where they left off!

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A new cycle race season is finally under way. Chance once again to test the legs, and heart and lungs, not to mention the race tactics, and determination. All those things that have been put on hold during the winter. Even though the season is just starting there are some very fit cyclists out there – namely those competing in the North Island Team Series – whilst for others their fitness and early season training has yet to kick in. 

After the cancellation of the first grading race last week, the weather was much kinder this week so allowing the second grading-race to proceed as planned. This 27 km Mass Start Road Race began at the bottom of the Rangitumai bluff racing towards Mauriceville and then returning to finish 2 kms past the bluff on Rangitumai Road.

In mass start racing, as the name suggests, the race starts with everyone together at the same time. This means the vast majority of the field then trying their best to ‘hang on’ to the wheels in front of them, whilst those who fancy their chances, attack as hard and fast as they can to create gaps and a breakaway. Predictably, within a few kms of the start, Mark Langlands along with Tom McCallum executed the perfect attack to create their breakaway. A head-cross-cutter wind probably assisted with breaking the elastic to the chase group.  The main chase group once formed, worked together to try to bring back the breakaway. In doing so, many other riders found themselves distanced and strung out along the road. These riders then formed smaller groups to work with each other.

Unfortunately, Tom was unable to stay with Mark and dropped out of the breakaway to be reeled back in by the chase bunch. At the turnaround, Mark was solo and had a gap of about a minute back to the chase group. This gap was reduced somewhat with the assistance of the tail-crosscutter wind on the return leg of the race, but not by enough to close the gap completely. In the end Mark had a solo win with a margin of 43 seconds. Dominic Green showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the chase group to cross the line in second place, with Tom McCallum sprinting to third.

The next group back on the road contained the top woman contender, Belinda Fuller, followed 32 seconds later by Emily Lutyens. A little further back Kirsten Goodin outsprinted Julie Millar to be third woman home. 

Chocolate fish story tonight goes to John Murray who punctured before the turnaround. Congratulations to everyone who raced and thanks to all our race officials and marshalls.

Next week is one for the hill-climbers with an A and B-Graded race starting in Watson’s Road, heading out to Wainiouru and finishing at the top of Limeworks hill.

Full results are:

First NameLast NamePlaceRide Time (Min)
MarkLanglands10:37:031st and Fastest man
DominicGreen20:37:46
ThomasMcCallum30:37:48
SimonPumfrey40:37:48
Simon Butler50:37:48
DerekRoberts60:37:49
DevanSimmonds70:37:49
GarethPrice80:37:50
DarrenSouthon90:37:57
AndrewLinton100:40:05
DanielJaques110:40:05
BelindaFuller120:40:051st and Fastest woman
JoshVan Woerkom130:40:06
SmithChristopher140:40:06
LawrenceKent150:40:33
DuncanCameron160:40:33
EmilyLutyens170:40:37
AndyCurtis-Cody180:40:38
StephenYeats190:40:40
CraigMangin200:40:56
RickyBlade210:43:19
KirstenGoodin220:43:44
Julie Millar230:43:44
PeterLee240:43:44
StephenHannam250:43:44
JohnAllen260:43:44
ChrisMcBride270:43:44
terryBlackburn280:43:44
DonnaBurkhart290:43:44
RexDowding300:43:44
NeilHenderson310:43:49
GregBaillie320:43:50
Jorge Sandoval330:43:50
DavidHancock340:43:50
MarkJerling350:43:51
DuncanCameron360:44:49
RayHaste380:49:00
AnilRaman390:49:01
GraemeTwist400:49:04
MichaelClinton-Baker410:49:05
DavidHodder430:51:27
MikeParker440:51:39
JennyDevenport450:51:39
McCabeMichelle460:51:43
BladeKaren
MurrayJohn
AndrewBond

2019 Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial Results

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Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2019 Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial. It was a great day for it and we had some fabulous and fast racing. For senior riders this is contested over a distance of 40 km, starting and finishing on Johnstone Street.

The winner of the Men’s challenge this year, in a time of 52 minutes and 24 seconds, is the ACM team of Ben Knight, Matt Webb-Smith, Mark Langlands and Dan Waluszewski. In second place, in a time of 54 minutes and 20 seconds were Tijs Robinson, Matt Seeley, Pete Mora and Angus Taylor. In third place in a time of 56 minutes and 32 seconds was the team of Peter Moore, Jaimie Campbell, Ben Storey and Matthew Webber.

The women’s challenge was also won in a time of 1 hour 6 minutes and 51 seconds, by the ACM team of Belinda Fuller, Emily Lutyens, Kirsten Goodin and Lesley Mouat. The Social mixed team that won in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 19 minutes, was also a team from ACM containing Andi Bond, Donna Burkhart, Rex Dowding, and Terry Blackburn. Of note in this team, Rex Dowding has just turned 73, which just goes to prove that age is no barrier to cycling!

In the girls junior section the racing was very close with the St Matthew’s collegiate team of Annabelle Smith, Scarlet Freeman, and Lucy Stevens were second in a time of 32 minutes and 44 seconds, whilst the fastest team representing Wairarapa College was the Blackburn sister duo of Sydney and Jaimie completing the 16 km race in a time of 32 minutes and 38 seconds.

In the boys junior section the Scot’s College team of Elliot Robertson, George Tompkin, and Harrison Stew won in a time of 24 minutes and 15 seconds. In second place, were the two up team of Caleb Roberts and Toby Braun completing the course in a time of 25 minutes and 14 seconds. In third place in a time of 25 minutes and 58 seconds, was the Wellington College team of Joshua Foote, Sam Mitchell, and James de Hair.

As always, very many thanks to Brent Sowry, Commissaire, and all our marshals for keeping everyone safe on the road today, and also to Di Dowding for providing the replenishment of the energy used on the racing.

2019 Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial
School TeamsJunior Girls
ClubNoRider 1NoRider 2NoRider 3NoRider 4StartFinishRidePlace
St Matts501Annabelle Smith502Scarlett Freeman503Lucy Stevens00:02:000:34:4400:32:442
Jnr mixed504Sydney Blackburn505Jaimie Blackburn 506Jono Didsbury00:04:000:36:3800:32:381
School TeamsJunior Boys
ClubNoRider 1NoRider 2NoRider 3NoRider 4StartFinishRidePlace
Scots509Matthew McDermott 510Henry Tompkin511Lewis Tompkin00:08:000:36:3900:28:395
Rathkeale515Finn Roberts516Craig Bebbington517James Malsher518Oliver Pyatt00:12:000:39:4000:27:404
Wgtn College519Joshua Foote520Sam Mitchell521James de Hair00:14:000:39:5800:25:583
jnr mixed507Toby Braun508Caleb Roberts00:06:000:31:1400:25:142
Scots512Elliot Robertson513George Tompkin514Harrison M. Stew00:10:000:34:1500:24:151
Social Mixed
ClubNoRider 1NoRider 2NoRider 3NoRider 4StartFinishRidePlace
ACM522Andi Bond523Donna Burkhart524Rex Dowding525Terry Blackburn00:30:001:37:1901:07:191
Female Championship
ClubNoRider 1NoRider 2NoRider 3NoRider 4StartFinishRidePlace
ACM526Belinda Fuller527Emily Luytens528Kirsten Goodin529Lesley Mouat00:33:001:39:5101:06:511
Male Championship
ClubNoRider 1NoRider 2NoRider 3NoRider 4StartFinishRidePlace
ACM530Daniel Jaques531Andy Curtis Cody532Ricky Blade533Andrew Osmond00:36:001:41:1901:05:199
Kapiti538Adrian McKenzie539Tony levaggi540Dave Downer541Joe Clarkson 00:41:001:43:5801:02:588
ACM534Darren Southon535Simon Butler536Devon Simmons537Mike Wilkinson00:39:001:40:0601:01:067
ACM546Bill VW547Phil Sutherland548Peter James549Andrew Linton00:48:001:48:4701:00:476
Kapiti554Mike Proudfoot555Gary Clareburt556Tristan Ratcliffe557Leon Goodwin 00:54:001:52:2700:58:275
ACM550Derek Roberts551Simon Pumfrey552Tom McCallum553Jeff Saywell00:51:001:48:5200:57:524
WMCC542Peter Moore543Jamie Campbell544Ben Storey545Matthew Webber00:45:001:41:3200:56:323
WMCC562Tijs Robinson563Matt Seeley564Pete Mora565Angus Taylor01:00:001:54:2000:54:202
ACM558Ben Knight 559Matt Webb Smith560Mark Langlands561Dan Waluszewski 00:57:001:49:2400:52:241


2-Up Time Trial

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Twenty two teams presented themselves to contest tonight’s two-up time trial that was billed as a potential ‘team selection event’ for the (not far distant!) Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial. The 17 km event began at the bottom of Matahiwi with teams leaving at minute intervals, to ride as hard as possible over ‘false flat’ and short rises towards the summit turnaround. On an evening with blustery North West winds, the ride up the hill was never going to be an easy ride.

After the turnaround, teams looked to increase their speed and maximise the benefit of slight downhill, with cross-cutter tail-wind, not that this makes the riding any easier, it just becomes quicker with riders pushing bigger gears. The fastest teams ride close to each other’s wheels and are able to lap out smoothly without losing any speed. Where teams are slightly uneven, the stronger rider may elect to take a longer turn on the front.

All riders arrived at the finish, out of breath most with legs screaming at them to stop pushing. Teams were then rewarded with carrot-cake and marshmallows – instant energy replacement.

Special mention has to be made tonight of Team Sowry – this is the first race this season for Brent, so hopefully, as soon as we get our heads fully around the new timing system, we can see you back in the peloton on a regular basis! Congratulations tonight go to Derek Roberts and Dave Drummond, who posted the fastest overall time. Ben Knight, the only solo rider, finished a mere 4 seconds slower. Devan Simmonds and Lesley Mouat posted the fastest time amongst the mixed teams. The fastest all women team was Karen Blade and Sydney Blackburn. Fastest Junior girls were Scarlett Freeman and Kate Speedy. The sole junior boys team of Finn and Caleb Roberts posted a very creditable time, faster than quite a number of senior teams.

As always, very many thanks to the race management team for their work that allows us to race. Thanks also to the providers of instant energy at the finish line.

Reminder: Entries are now open for the Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial – sort your teams out and get the entries in.

Next Week in the final Tuesday race for the season. It is a mass start over the Kaituna course. If you did not keep your transponder from tonight – or were not issued with one tonight, please attempt to be early so one can be issued to you. All transponders are to be returned at the end of the Kaituna race. Next season each person who races will be able to hire a transponder for the season.

ShutenoTeamRidersStart timeFinish timeRide timePlace
1818, 46Derek and Drummo Drummond / D Roberts0:23:000:47:210:24:211Fastest men
2013, Lone rangerBen Knight0:25:000:49:250:24:252
15117, 61Simon an Darren Butler / Southon0:19:000:44:370:25:373
1924, 69Lost Boy and Lost Soul James / Van Woerkom 0:22:000:47:500:25:504
17101,119Eddy, JeffKuipers/Saywell0:21:000:46:510:25:515
1370, 12Ricky and Simon Blade / Pumfrey 0:18:000:43:520:25:526
115, 36Under and over weight Simmonds / Mouat 0:15:000:42:070:27:077Fastest Mixed
2227, 153Daniel and SimonJaques/Mole0:24:000:51:390:27:398
1675,10Belinda and AndyCC Curtis-Cody / Fuller 0:17:000:44:580:27:589
534,97Kirsten and ChrisGoodin/Smith0:10:000:38:020:28:0210
1460,74John,Terry,Rod,Peter Allen / Sutherland 0:16:000:44:100:28:1011Tandems
972,50Steptoe and son Whitcombe / Dowding 0:12:000:40:230:28:2312
1214, 100Brian and Stephen Brown / Sanders0:14:000:42:460:28:4613
632,29Truck n Trailer Haste / Baillie 0:09:000:38:020:29:0214
2148, 40Finn and Caleb Roberts / Roberts 0:20:000:49:400:29:4015Fastest Junior boys
1045,3Donna and Mark Burkhart / Jerling 0:11:000:40:420:29:4216
443,26John and David Murray / Howden 0:06:000:37:400:31:4017
123,22Brent and Jay Sowry / Sowry0:01:000:33:020:32:0218
257,78Karen and Sydney Blackburn / Blade  0:05:000:37:100:32:1019Fastest women
311, 0Free speed Speedy / McCallum0:03:000:37:270:34:2720Fastest Junior Girls
8156, 144Jaimie and Catherine Blackburn / Domanski 0:04:000:39:140:35:1421
765, 154Lucky A Didsbury/ Smith0:02:000:38:260:36:2622

Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes Line, GRR

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Thirty-eight riders presented themselves to compete over the circuit that started and finished in Francis Line. Riders were reminded that as this was a Graded Race, they could only race against the riders in their start group, if anyone dropped out of their bunch they were not permitted to work with any group they were caught by. The full length race was over two laps, 28 km in total and the short riders completed a single lap of the course.

Groups left at two minute intervals beginning with the riders allocated into A-Grade. Tonight, due to small numbers, this group was an amalgamation of two riders who are usually A-Grade (scratch) and four riders who usually ride as B-grade (or Break). Three of the B-Graders had an especially ‘hard day at the office’ as they were dropped by the pace set by the Scratch riders over the first rise on East Taratahi Road. At the conclusion of this race, the sprint was taken out by Derek Roberts, with both Eddy Kuipers and Peter James right on his wheel.

B-Grade left at 2 minutes and managed to stay together for the entire race, despite a number of unsuccessful attacks off the front by Andy Curtis-Cody. An impressive sprint split this bunch over the top of the final rise to the finish, and was taken out by Ricky Blade, with Bill van Woerkom close behind.

C-Grade, starting at 4 minutes was a slightly larger group which also managed to stay together for the entire race. In this grade the Robert’s boys appeared to be working as a team, so that as one attacked, the other would sit up and block at the front of the bunch. Approaching the finish Finn Roberts finally managed to break the elastic for an impressive sprint up the final hill to win with clear meters of road behind him. In this bunch Donna Burkhart succeeded in posting the fastest time over the course amongst the women.

D-Grade was another slightly larger bunch at the start, but this bunch dropped a couple of riders on the first circuit. Once again it was an impressive sprint finish from this bunch that was taken out by Greg Baillie with a couple of seconds back to the tandem of Rod Sutherland and Peter Jones. Great to see David Howden back on the start line again after some months away from racing.

Finally E-Grade were the short course riders who completed a single lap of the course. This bunch experienced some significant splits and time gaps as the lap proceeded. Once again Kate Speedy was impressive in her sprint to escape and take line honours from the other tandem ridden by Doug Maclachlan and Meri Murphy.

As always, many thanks to the Race Management team. Next week is a 2-up Time Trial up Matahiwi which could be used as a Hope Gibbons team time trial selection test. Yes, now is the time to test out the legs on the TT bikes – with as much ‘bling’ as you can muster!

Finally, well done to everyone who competed at the ACM hosted interclub race last Sunday. Congratulations to Derek Roberts, the overall winner of the series. Best wishes to those who are taking on the massive challenge that is ‘The Gentle Annie’ this weekend. If you are not going to ‘Gentle Annie’ you might want to sign yourself up for some fun and social games at the Bowling Club next Saturday 23rd March. See you all there!

A-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
946Derek Roberts0:00:000:45:000:45:001Fastest man
10101Eddy Kuipers0:00:000:45:000:45:002
1169Peter James0:00:000:45:010:45:013
12117Simon Butler0:00:000:47:410:47:414
1361Darren Southon0:00:000:47:420:47:425
2010Belinda Fuller0:00:000:49:180:49:186
B-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
1412Ricky Blade0:02:000:49:080:47:081
1534Bill van Woerkom0:02:000:49:080:47:082
1675Andy Curtis-Cody0:02:000:49:090:47:093
1796Andrew Linton0:02:000:49:130:47:134
1877Terry Blackburn0:02:000:49:170:47:175
19153Simon Mole0:02:000:49:180:47:186
C-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
2140Finn Roberts0:04:000:52:430:48:431
2250Earle Whitcombe0:04:000:52:460:48:462
23100Steve Brown0:04:000:52:480:48:483
2472Rex Dowding0:04:000:52:500:48:504
252Andi Bond0:04:000:52:520:48:525
2687Stephen Yeats0:04:000:52:530:48:536
2760John Allen0:04:000:52:540:48:547
2845Donna Burkhart0:04:000:52:570:48:578Fastest woman
2948Caleb Roberts0:04:000:53:030:49:039
D-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
3032Greg Baillie0:06:000:57:140:51:141
3174Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:06:000:57:170:51:172
3229Ray Haste0:06:000:57:170:51:173
333Mark Jerling0:06:000:57:280:51:284
3434Kirsten Goodin0:06:000:57:310:51:315
3521Anil Raman0:06:000:57:520:51:526
3619Duncan Ellis0:06:001:01:250:55:257
3757Karen Blade0:06:001:02:110:56:118
3826David Howden0:06:001:02:110:56:119
E-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
10Kate Speedy0:08:000:37:420:29:421
255Doug Maclachlan/Meri Murphy0:08:000:37:590:29:592
3156Jaimee Blackburn0:08:000:38:510:30:513
4154Jono Didsbury0:08:000:39:000:31:004
5144Katherine Domanski0:08:000:39:010:31:015
665Annabelle Smith0:08:000:39:350:31:356
762Lucy Stevens0:08:000:41:520:33:527
8v1Pru Hunter0:08:000:42:520:34:528

ACM hosted Interclub Road Race

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In the final Interclub Road Race for the 2019 season, 26 riders presented themselves to start in almost perfect race conditions. The course took riders out onto the Bideford Road, then into the Whangaehu Valley before they turned and completed the 60 km race at the top of the first hill on Bideford Road.

Martin Grundwell charged away from the start line and his fellow riders in limit. Ten minutes later the 5 riders in Break 2 began their chase up the valley, with Break, entirely made up of Athletics and Cycling Masterton riders began another five minutes later, and Scratch a further ten minutes afterwards. Break caught Break 2 on the climb after the Dreyers Road turn off on the way out and then worked together to catch limit. But it was only after the riders had turned left into Bideford Road did that this group managed to catch Martin, who had spent a long day time trialling. Scratch closed the gap significantly but were unable to catch the now large bunch comprised of Limited, Break 2 and Break.

Many thanks to all those involved with Race Management and for lunch back at the clubrooms after the racing had finished.

Full results are:

FinishRaceNameClubGenderHandicapRecordedActualTimeHRRTimeTotal 
PlaceNoTimeTimePlacePointsPointsPoints
1915FinnRobertsACMMD1:52:491:42:49162525
2914CalebRobertsACMMD1:53:051:43:05172424
3922SimonButlerACMMC1:53:141:38:1492323
4927AndrewLintonACMMC1:53:141:38:14102222
5904Belinda Fuller ACMFC1:53:151:38:15112121
6913LesleyMouatACMFC1:53:161:38:16122020
7912RexDowdingACMMD1:53:221:43:22181919
8919PeterJamesACMMC1:53:281:38:28131818
9928RickyBladeACMMc1:53:331:38:33141717
10924MartinCrundwellWMCCME1:53:381:53:38221616
11910davidhodderACMMD1:53:391:43:39191515
12908DiannaBormanKapitiFD1:53:411:43:41201414
13903MalcolmStandrillWMCCMD1:53:431:43:43211313
14917DarrenSouthonACMMC1:53:451:38:45151212
15923KirstenGoodinACMFE1:53:471:53:47231010
16916DerekRobertsACMMB1:56:121:31:1219514
17929SimonPumfreyACMMB1:56:211:31:2128412
18920KatieRichardsKapitiFB1:56:221:31:2237310
19905jasongestroKapitiMB1:56:221:31:224628
20930Stephen O’KeefeWMCCMB1:56:221:31:225516
21921PeterWilkinsonKapitiMB1:56:251:31:25644
22909Erikd’ArboisACMMB1:56:261:31:26733
23911TonyLevaggiKapitiMB1:56:331:31:33811
24906LeePownallKapitiMC2:09:231:54:232400
25907GregCundyKapitiMB2:11:381:56:382500
26926AnnabelleSmithACMFEDNFDNF0


Norfolk Road, MSRR

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Forty Two riders presented themselves to the Race Manager to contest a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, just as large raindrops began to fall, not that the riders noticed that. Most riders were too busy jostling for position in the peloton and attempting to hold the wheel of the rider in front, and react to surges in speed each time one of a small number of riders attacked trying break the elastic and form a break away. Those attacks came from Simon Pumfrey, Eddy Kuipers, Erik D’Arbois and Ben Knight. Each of the attacks was rapidly closed down so about seventeen riders hung onto wheels and prevent the breakaway all the way up to the turn at the top of Norfolk Road. One rider then lost a wheel close to the turn and another at the turn itself.

But for all the other riders the damage was well and truely done with those early surges in speed. As riders get dropped it is then a case of working out if you could find other riders to form bunches to work with or whether it is time to do some Individual Time Trial training, and settle into a solo effort for the duration of the race, and hope that you don’t get caught by anyone behind you!

It was fabulous to see that both junior boys – Finn and Caleb Roberts remained in that big bunch throughout the race, to finish high in the overall results. The only woman to stay in the front bunch and contest the sprint finish was Emily Lutyens. Congratulations to Derek Roberts who took out the sprint finish just ahead of Eddy Kuipers and Simon Pumfrey on the long course. The second woman to finish, Lesley Mouat, was one the riders to end up completing an ITT. Kirsten Goodin, third woman found herself working with a small bunch to finish a few minutes down on the lead group.

For the short course riders, (who turned at the one-lane bridge) contending a Mass Start in the midst of the long course riders was something of a novelty. In this race the Junior Girls were in good form. Sydney Blackburn cleverly managed to slide her way nicely into a bunch of long course riders and stayed with them on the way out, thus managing to ride away from all the other short course riders, who had positioned themselves further back at the start. Contesting second place in a sprint finish Kate Speedy just had the edge over Scarlett Freeman.

Commiserations and Chocolate Fish award tonight to Ben Knight who was comfortably in the front bunch when he experienced a mechanical issue. Ben stopped to try and sort this out, and then rode back mainly on the grass verge on a bike that sounded rather sick.

Once again, very many thanks to the race management team and to John and Deb Allen for after-match refuelling.

Next week is a Graded Road Race around the Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes line circuit.

PS. Don’t forget to put your entries in for Sunday’s ACM hosted Interclub race – on-line entries need to be in by Thursday. And also while you are on the website signing up to race – or offering to Marshall if you can’t race, the book yourself in for the joint social on 23rd March.

ShuteNoRiderRide Time
646Derek Roberts0:44:461st Man
7101Eddy Kuipers0:44:462nd Man
870Simon Pumfrey0:44:463rd Man
996Andrew Linton0:44:47
1012Ricky Blade0:44:47
1148Caleb Roberts0:44:471st Junior Boy
12147Johnny Burkhart0:44:47
1340Finn Roberts0:44:482nd Junior Boy
1461Darren Southon0:44:48
1589Emily Lutyens0:44:481st Woman
1673Erik D’Arbois0:44:48
17142Duncan Cameron0:44:49
1877Terry Blackburn0:44:49
19119Jeff Saywell0:44:55
225Lesley Mouat0:47:522nd Woman
2372Rex Dowding0:49:28
242Andi Bond0:50:46
2560John Allen/Donna Burkhart0:50:46
2634Kirsten Goodin0:50:593rd Woman
2749Graeme Twist0:52:19
2832Greg Baillie0:52:19
2921Anil Raman0:52:20
3029Ray Haste0:52:20
3119Duncan Ellis0:52:20
3231Jenny Devenport0:52:21
333Mark Jerling0:52:21
3487Stephen Yeats0:52:21
3550Earle Whitcombe0:52:23
3613Ben Knight0:57:29
3722Mike Parker0:57:31
3874Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:57:34
3985Viv Bunny0:57:43
4017Stan Braaksma0:58:32
2092Phil SutherlandDQ crossed centre line
Short course
ShuteNoRiderRide Time
178Sydney Blackburn0:37:321st Junior Girl
20Kate Speedy0:39:262nd Junior Girl
311Scarlett Freeman0:39:313rd Junior Girl
4159Judy Brown0:40:31
5144Katherine Domanski0:43:05
2171Bruce McCallum0:46:49
4157Karen BladeDNF
4265Annabelle SmithDNF

Gladstone to Mahupuku Road to Kourarau HRR

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Tonight’s offering of a 35 km Handicapped Race that began at Gladstone Church, raced south to Mahupuku Road and then turned to head north and finish at the top of the iconic Kourarau Climb attracted 44 riders. This is a demanding course that required each of the handicapped bunches to work well together over the predominantly flat and fast beginning of the course. Then it also required enough energy to be left in the tank to enable a steady but rapid climb of approximately 6 km right from the bottom to the top of the Kourarau Hill Road.

The results show that riders experienced mixed fortunes in each of the bunches. Even though Limit, and Break 2 started as the largest bunches, the Kourarau climb broke them to bits. In fact across all the start groups Kourarau was the decisive element with only a few riders able to hang onto each other’s wheels and work together on the climb. So the riders who were most successful were those with strength to ride fast on the flat, but also great hill climbing ability, combined with some grit and determination.

Congratulations tonight to Finn Roberts who started in Break 2 and managed to ride away from his bunch and catch all the riders from Limit who started 4 minutes in front of him to win the handicap race overall and be the fastest Junior Boy to complete the long course. Kirsten Goodin was the first woman to finish tonight. Ben Knight, starting in Scratch, demonstrated all the skills of strength, speed and climbing ability to be the fastest man tonight. Belinda Fuller, starting in Break was the fastest woman. Congratulations to Sydney Blackburn who out-sprinted Kate Speedy to take line honours in the short course race. I believe congratulations are due to every rider who managed to complete the course tonight, that was one massive effort by every rider.

As always, many thanks to Brent our Race Manager, and all the marshals who looked after us so well once again. Next week we return to a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, starting at the Waingawa Industrial Estate.

Full results from tonight can be found below. Finally a reminder to everyone to get your entries in for both the ACM hosted inter club which will be held on Sunday 17th March, and also to our joint social function to be held on Saturday, 23rd March.

ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRide Time
940Finn Roberts0:04:001:15:251:11:251st & 1st Junior
1048Caleb Roberts0:00:001:15:561:15:56
1172Rex Dowding0:04:001:16:031:12:03
1234Kirsten Goodin0:00:001:16:171:16:171st Woman
1387Stephen Yeats0:04:001:16:361:12:36
1416Julie Millar0:00:001:16:381:16:38
1560John Allen0:04:001:17:071:13:07
16100Steve Brown0:04:001:17:481:13:48
1776Peter Lee0:04:001:18:411:14:41
1818Dave Drummond0:13:001:18:491:05:49
19153Simon Mole0:09:001:19:041:10:04
205Lesley Mouat0:09:001:19:101:10:10
2113Ben Knight0:17:001:19:201:02:20Fastest Man
2270Simon Pumfrey0:17:001:19:481:02:48
2377Terry Blackburn0:09:001:20:001:11:00
2450Earle Whitcombe0:04:001:20:021:16:02
2521Anil Raman0:00:001:20:191:20:19
2645Donna Burkhart0:04:001:20:281:16:28
2751Dave Hodder0:00:001:20:491:20:49
2836Devan Simmonds0:13:001:21:051:08:05
2910Belinda Fuller0:13:001:21:071:08:07Fastest Woman
3043John Murray0:00:001:21:461:21:46
31117Simon Butler0:13:001:21:501:08:50
3246Derek Roberts0:17:001:21:571:04:57
332Andi Bond0:04:001:22:071:18:07
3419Duncan Ellis0:00:001:22:231:22:23
35119Jeff Saywell0:17:001:22:311:05:31
363Mark Jerling0:00:001:22:541:22:54
3785Viv Bunny0:00:001:22:551:22:55
3831Jenny Devenport0:00:001:22:561:22:56
3969Pete James0:09:001:24:191:15:19
4012Ricky Blade0:09:001:24:201:15:20
4173Erik D’Arbois0:17:001:29:111:12:11
4257Karen Blade0:00:001:33:461:33:46
4375Andrew Curtis-Cody0:09:00DNFDNF
4417Stan Braaksma0:00:00DNFDNF
Short course
ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRide Time
178Sydney Blackburn0:18:000:54:400:36:401st Junior Girl
20Kate Speedy0:18:000:54:410:36:41
3154Jono Didsbury0:18:000:58:040:40:04
4156Jaimee Blackburn0:18:001:00:060:42:06
565Annabelle Smith0:18:001:02:080:44:08
6144Katherine Domanski0:18:001:02:240:44:24
771Bruce McCallum0:18:001:03:580:45:58
874Rod Sutherland0:18:001:13:550:55:55

Bideford Road, HRR

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Tonight was billed as a 30 km Handicapped Road Race starting at the Whangehu Hall, riding north towards Bideford turning and racing back towards the start. As a handicapped road race, bunches try to work together as a team to catch any riders in front of them and stay away from riders behind. Over this particular course, keeping your start bunch together always proves to be a challenge due to the lumpy nature of the terrain and tonight’s results reflect that. Some of the riders from Break 2 were successful in the aim of catching the bunch in front whilst remaining elusive from the chasing riders behind.

Congratulations tonight go primarily to junior members of the club. Firstly, to Finn Roberts riding the long course who out-sprinted one of best sprinters in the club to win the long course race. Congratulations also to Kate Speedy, who once again lived up to her name to win the short course in a sprint finish against Jono Didsbury. On the long course, Ben Knight was the fastest man and Lesley Mouat first and fastest woman.

Unfortunately, tonight’s results also reflect that there was a coming together of a couple of cyclists in Break on a fast downhill section of the course, which resulted in a nasty crash. All the remaining riders from this bunch and also those from scratch stopped to render assistance to the injured riders, and did not then complete the remainder of the course. All these riders have been given an adjusted time. No-one ever plans to crash but when this does happen every one of us feels very grateful for the rapid and professional assistance that is given by the ambulance and emergency department of our hospital. Crashes such as the one this evening, rattle the rest of us, and remind us that there is much more to life than winning a club race. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our injured riders, and thanks to those who stopped to help.

As always thanks to our Race Manager, who had an especially busy evening, to all the marshals, and also to those who fed us afterwards. Next week is a handicapped race starting and Gladstone church, racing south before the return to finish up Admiral hill. Full, and adjusted results for tonight are below:

Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
640Finn Roberts0:04:001:02:110:58:11Winner
712Ricky Blade0:04:001:02:130:58:13
872Rex Dowding0:04:001:02:130:58:13
976Peter Lee0:04:001:02:190:58:19
1060John Allen0:04:001:02:510:58:51
11100Steve Brown0:04:001:02:530:58:53
1243John Murray0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1381Jorge Sandoval0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1451David Hodder0:00:001:03:441:03:44
1529Ray Haste0:00:001:03:491:03:49
1632Greg Baillie0:00:001:05:011:05:01
17153Simon Mole0:09:001:05:420:56:42
185Lesley Mouat0:09:001:05:430:56:431st & fastest woman
1969Peter James0:09:001:05:570:56:57
2075Andy Curtis-Cody0:09:001:06:050:57:05
2121Anil Raman0:00:001:07:151:07:15
2216Julie Millar0:00:001:07:181:07:18
2345Donna Burkhart0:04:001:08:341:04:34
242Andi Bond0:04:001:08:361:04:36
2513Ben Knight0:17:001:08:490:51:49Fastest man
2670Simon Pumfrey0:17:001:08:490:51:49
2785Viv Bunny0:00:001:09:011:09:01
2859Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:09:021:09:02
2957Karen Blade0:00:001:09:021:09:02
3031Jenny Devenport0:00:001:09:091:09:09
3173Erik D’Arbois0:17:001:13:240:56:24
3261Darren Southon0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3310Belinda Fuller0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3444Craig Mangin0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
35117Simon Butler0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3696Andrew Linton0:09:00DNFDNFwithdrawn
3736Devan Simmonds0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
38101Eddie Kuipers0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
39119Jeff Saywell0:17:00DNFDNFPunture
4089Emily Lutyens0:09:00DNFDNFWithdrawn
4190Mark Langlands/Peter Jones0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
4241Gareth Price0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
433Mark Jerling0:00:00DNFDNFPuncture
Short Course
Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
10Kate Speedy0:18:000:41:310:23:31winner short course
2154Jono Didsbury0:18:000:41:320:23:321st Junior boy
326David Howden0:18:000:41:360:23:36
465Annabelle Smith0:18:000:43:110:25:11
562Lucy Stevens0:18:001:01:000:43:00

Club Championship Hill Climb

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The Hill Climb Championships, the final Club Championship race for the season, is also the shortest race of our cycle season, contested as an individual time trial over a mere 6.5 km from the bottom of Admiral hill to the first summit. Being the shortest race does not make it the easiest by any matter of means and this is traditionally the race on the calendar that is well and truly oversubscribed by volunteers offering to marshall rather than race. As with other club Championship events, in addition to those who are contesting the ‘Open Championships’, many turn up to race against those in their age group.

Starting at 30 second intervals riders find the hill starts off innocuously enough with a bit of false flat, but as soon as you round the first bend the gradient increases and you know that you have to find a good cadence and settle into your effort. The first steeper pitch takes you around the hairpin bend and if you are wise you find a good line not too far left where the gradient is not quite so steep. There is a slight lessening of gradient shortly afterwards, but you have yet to face ‘the wall’. ‘The wall’ is the steepest section of the climb at a gradient of up to 13% for about half a km. This is a ‘stand up, sit down, stand up again’ kind of gradient, that is just plain hard graft to get up. Everyone’s legs do some screaming as they fill up with lactic acid on this part of the climb. Even the best climbers find it hard to ‘dance on the peddles’ up this section. There is some respite once you crest the top of the wall, with chance to catch your breath and increase the cadence once again as the hill flattens then tilts down briefly before the gradient pitches upwards once more. But now you know that the worst is over and it’s just a matter of survival and maintaining the effort for a few minutes more before the final sprint that expends every last ounce of energy, to finish with nothing left in the tank.

The open championships in both the men’s and women’s races where hotly contested with a matter of only a few seconds separating riders. Congratulations, mountain goat awards and bragging rights for the next year go to

Mark Langlands          (men’s champion for the 6thyear in succession) 

Ben Knight                  2ndman

Simon Pumfrey           3rdman

Belinda Fuller              women’s champion 

Lesley Mouat             2ndwoman

Emily Lutyens              3rdwoman

Congratulations also to our junior champions, especially those for whom this was their first attempt at Admiral hill:

Finn Roberts                1stU 17 boy

Caleb Roberts              1stU 15 boy

Sydney Blackburn       1stU 19 girl

Annabelle Smith         1stU 17 girl

Kate Speedy               1stU 15 girl

Thanks to race manager and marshalls again this evening. Next week is a handicapped road race using an out and back course on Bideford Road. 

Provisional Full Results:

NoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
90Mark Langlands0:25:000:42:230:17:23Champion man
13Ben Knight0:24:300:42:210:17:512nd man
70Simon Pumfrey0:22:300:41:070:18:373rd man
119Jeff Saywell0:22:000:40:530:18:53
18Dave Drummond0:20:000:39:190:19:19
142Duncan Cameron0:17:300:37:190:19:49
46Derek Roberts0:23:000:42:540:19:54
147Johnny Burkhart0:07:000:27:310:20:31
44Craig Mangin0:21:300:42:010:20:31
101Eddy Kuipers0:24:000:44:320:20:32
73Erik D’Arbois0:23:300:44:090:20:39
92Phil Sutherland0:19:000:40:150:21:15
5Belinda Fuller0:09:000:30:170:21:17Champion woman
10Lesley Mouat0:09:300:30:510:21:212nd woman
41Gareth Price0:19:300:41:030:21:33
153Simon Mole0:16:000:37:490:21:49
36Devan Simmonds0:21:000:43:430:22:43
61Darren Southon0:07:300:30:270:22:57
96Andrew Linton0:18:300:41:300:23:00
76Peter Lee0:11:000:34:120:23:12
12Ricky Blade0:14:300:37:460:23:16
77Terry Blackburn0:16:300:39:510:23:21
117Simon Butler0:20:300:44:050:23:35
40Finn Roberts0:10:300:34:110:23:411st U 17 boy
89Emily Lutyens0:08:300:32:200:23:503rd Woman
87Stephen Yeats0:11:300:35:270:23:57
60John Allen0:15:300:39:280:23:58
48Caleb Roberts0:13:000:37:070:24:071st U 15 Boy
72Rex Dowding0:12:300:36:430:24:13
75Andy Curtis-Cody0:18:000:42:170:24:17
100Steve Brown0:14:000:38:200:24:20
24Bill Van Woerkom0:17:000:41:270:24:27
14Brian Sanders0:15:000:39:400:24:40
33Steve Hannam0:12:000:37:310:25:31
34Kirsten Goodin0:08:000:33:570:25:57
51David Hodder0:05:000:32:060:27:06
2Andi Bond0:13:300:41:280:27:58
21Anil Raman0:06:000:34:260:28:26
19Duncan Ellis0:06:300:35:290:28:59
85Viv Bunny0:03:300:33:170:29:47
Kate Speedy0:02:300:32:190:29:491st U 15 Girl
22Mike Parker0:04:000:34:150:30:15
43John Murray0:10:000:40:460:30:46
78Sydney Blackburn0:04:300:35:420:31:121st U 19 Girl
57Karen Blade0:03:000:35:430:32:43
154Jono Didsbury0:01:000:34:060:33:06
3Mark Jerling0:05:300:40:500:35:20
65Annabelle Smith0:01:300:44:080:42:381st U 17 Girl
62Lucy Stevens0:02:00DNFDNF

Upper Plain Circuit HRR

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Tonight 47 riders presented themselves to start a Handicapped Road Race around the twists and turns of the Upper Plain Circuit. This circuit has some sharp turns that test the legs of everyone, especially those who find themselves at the back of each bunch immediately after each turn. The bunch slows up on the approach to a turn, and as the first riders through the turn peddle strongly out of the turn, this stretches the length of the bunch – a bit like a bungee cord. For the unwary or those who don’t have great legs on the night, the bungee cord effect can result in a split in the bunch or weaker riders disappearing out the back door, not to be seen again until the finish. Another potential challenge on this circuit is the need to give way to other road users, as on four of the turns riders do not have right of way. At least two of the bunches tonight were stopped multiple times during the course of the three laps covered. The final challenge for each bunch this evening was the slight westerly breeze that meant that even when riders survived the twists and turns from Ngamatawa Road through to Chamberlain Road, upon turning into Upper Plain Road to head towards Skeets they encountered the uncomfortable sensation of grovelling into headwind along false flat, on energy sapping road. Overall, one might argue this is not a favourite course for the lightweight hill climbers, but is eagerly anticipated by our strongest riders and especially the sprinters.

In an ideally handicapped road race, every rider will reach the finish line at precisely the same time. So firstly congratulations to our handicapper who managed to set the groups and time gaps so that the first three groups crossed the finish line no more than 30 seconds between them. ‘Break 2’, although slightly disappointed not to have caught the front two bunches before the finish, were very happy to hold off ‘Break’, who were equally pleased to stay away from ‘Scratch’, even if only by a matter of a few seconds.

Overall line honours for the long course race went to Donna Burkhart in a sprint finish with Greg Baillie close behind. Caleb Roberts also featured in that bunch sprint as the first and fastest Junior Boy. Johnny Burkhart was the fastest man, and Emily Lutyens was the fastest woman.

In the short course, line honours went to Doug Machlachlan, closely followed by Kate Speedy in her first race with ACM. She also takes out line honours for the first and fastest junior girl.

As always, thanks to everyone who managed and marshalled our race tonight and also to Mark Jerling for hosting the after match BBQ.

Next week is the shortest race on our annual calendar and final of our Club Championship Races – the hill climb up Admiral Hill.

ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
445Donna Burkhart0:03:000:59:080:56:081st HRR
532Greg Baillie0:00:000:59:090:59:09
62Andi Bond0:03:000:59:090:56:09
733Steve Hannam0:03:000:59:090:56:09
860John Allen0:03:000:59:100:56:10
981Jorge Sandoval0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1029Ray Haste0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1148Caleb Roberts0:03:000:59:100:56:101st Junior Boy
1243John Murray0:00:000:59:120:59:12
1334Kirsten Goodin0:03:000:59:130:56:13
1451David Hodder0:00:000:59:140:59:14
1522Mike Parker0:00:000:59:150:59:15
16100Stephen Brown0:03:000:59:170:56:17
1787Steven Yeats0:03:000:59:170:56:17
183Mark Jerling0:00:000:59:190:59:19
1919Duncan Ellis0:00:000:59:200:59:20
2096Andrew Linton0:06:000:59:210:53:21
21142Duncan Cameron0:06:000:59:220:53:22
2289Emily Lutyens0:06:000:59:230:53:23Fastest Woman
2377Terry Blackburn0:06:000:59:230:53:23
2427Daniel Jaques0:06:000:59:300:53:30
25153Simon Mole0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2675Andy Curtis-Cody0:06:000:59:300:53:30
275Lesley Mouat0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2812Ricky Blade0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2950Earle Whitcombe0:03:000:59:300:56:30
30117Simon Butler0:10:001:00:260:50:26
3192Phil Sutherland0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3241Gareth Price0:10:001:01:050:51:05
33101Eddy Kuipers0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3418Dave Drummond0:10:001:01:050:51:05
35118Derek Cox/Peter Jones0:10:001:01:060:51:06
3769Peter James0:10:001:01:300:51:30
38147Johnny Burkhart0:12:001:01:570:49:57Fastest Man
3946Derek Roberts0:12:001:01:580:49:58
4073Erik d’Arbois0:12:001:02:000:50:00
4113Ben Knight0:12:001:02:030:50:03
421Tom McCallum0:12:001:02:040:50:04
4359Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4457Karen Blade0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4672Rex Dowding0:03:00DNFDNF
4740Finn Roberts0:03:00DNFDNF
Short course
ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
155Doug Maclachlan0:04:000:50:270:46:27
2V1Kate Speedy0:04:000:50:300:46:301st Junior girl
3144Katherine Domanski0:04:000:54:190:50:19
36156Jaimee Blackburn0:04:001:01:200:57:20
4598Penny Walker0:04:001:11:381:07:38