Fifty one riders presented themselves to the starter for the first of the new season’s Tuesday night cycle races. This Individual Time Trial is one of the ‘grading races’ for the season, which will determine the start groups for races throughout the rest of the season. It is very pleasing to see a number of new riders and returning riders at this race, and this augers well for an interesting race season ahead.
At this time of the year the Matahiwi course is fairly renown for a naughty aggressive magpie who regularly has a go at chasing cyclists. Tonight, with only 30 seconds between start times, there were so many cyclists going in both directions the magpie only chased the marshall who rode out to the furtherest point in advance of the race.
Individual Time Trials are sometimes referred to as ‘the race of truth’ as it is the rider against the clock by themselves with no drafting allowed. Tonight the riders had the benefit of a sunny evening, with a light westerly wind to speed the return journey.
Congratulations to everyone who rode this evening, especially those who were racing for the first time. Welcome aboard! In the men’s section the finish was very close with a matter of a few seconds between 1st and 3rd. Tom McCallum took the overall bragging rights, followed by Dave Drummond and Ben Knight. In the women’s section the time gaps between the women were a little larger with Belinda Fuller taking out the bragging rights over Kirsten Goodin in second and Julie Miller in 3rd.
Next week is the second of our grading races – a mass start road race starting on Upper Manaia Road and racing out to Kaituna and back.
Full results from tonight’s race are:
|Start time||Race No||Rider||Finish time||Ride time||Place|
|0:24:00||1||Tom McCallum||0:49:28||0:25:28||1||Fastest man|
|0:17:00||24||Bill van Workoem||0:45:20||0:28:20||14|
|0:25:30||10||Belinda Fuller||0:54:20||0:28:50||16||Fastest woman|
|0:11:00||34||Kirsten Goodin||0:40:53||0:29:53||24||2nd woman|
|0:05:30||74||Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones||0:35:33||0:30:03||26||Tandem|
|0:08:00||16||Julie Miller||0:39:11||0:31:11||34||3rd woman|