The second of our grading races was held this evening starting in Upper Manaia Road, racing up to Kaituna, turning at the gravel and returning to the checkered flag on Upper Manaia Road. As is often the case with mass start road races, the pressure was on from the gun. Mark Langlands was on the attack closely followed by Ben Knight and Erik D’Arbois, these three were being chased hard by the main peloton even before turning onto Upper Plain Road. This split the races into a number of small groups as the race headed up the hill. After the turn and despite a concerted effort from the peloton to close the break down, the three lead riders hung on to a slender lead to cross seconds in front of a now charging peloton. Congratulations to Mark Langlands for an impressive display of strength, speed and endurance. In the women’s race both Nadene Hawley and Lesley Mouat demonstrated sufficient strength and pace to maintain their position in the charging peloton with Nadene taking line honours on the night.
For the remaining riders, after the fast start had done the damage, small groups formed and other riders found themselves riding in ones and twos and completing their race at their own pace. Special mention to Rod Sutherland and Peter Jones on the tandem. The ride up to the end of Kaitaia on a tandem is not easy, it is a continual drag which saps the energy. Another special mention also goes to Sydney Blackburn who was the fastest junior rider this evening. It is great to see our youngsters out there and giving it their best effort.
Next week is the third of our grading races. It is an A and B Graded Road Road which begins at Watson’s Road, heads out to Wainuioru and returns to finish at the top of Limeworks hill. The climbers might like this one!
Full results for tonight are:
|Place||Race number||Rider||Ride Time|
|1||90||Mark Langlands||0:35:13||Fastest man|
|11||V1||Nadene Hawley||0:35:39||Fastest woman|
|39||74||Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones||0:42:49||Tandem|
|43||78||Sydney Blackburn||0:47:04||Fastest Junior|