2 up Time Trial

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Time Trials are often called the race of truth. They are a test of how fast and efficient a rider can be over a set distance with no bunch to assist. 2-up Time Trials usually mean that riders push themselves to their absolute limits so as not to let their team mate down. They are predominately ridden for ‘bragging rights,’ with teams bringing out the bling – that is the TT bikes, bars, deep dish or disk wheels and funny pointy TT helmets all of which are supposed to shave seconds or fractions of seconds off the total time taken over the course.

Twenty-one teams presented themselves to the starter for the main race, and two for the short course. All the teams discovered as they headed north up Bideford Road that there was a noticeable head wind to add extra challenge into the test.  Most teams will have set themselves some personal challenges, perhaps to try and catch one team in front of them, or to not get caught, or to better a previous time. For the top teams the goal could be to complete the test in under an hour. Tonight, only three teams reached this outstanding feat of speed.

Congratulations to Mark Langlands and Simon Pumfrey the fastest team overall in a time of 57:19.89. This time equates to an average speed of 41.861 km per hour. In second place were the team of Derek Roberts and Erik d’Arbois with a time of 58:23:36, and in third place to Dave Drummond and Tom McCallum with a time of 58:47:26. The fastest mixed team tonight were Belinda Fuller and Eddy Kuipers, and the fastest all woman team were Donna Burkhart and Donna O’Sullivan. On the short course the fastest team were Finn and Caleb Roberts. Congratulations to everyone who completed the test and achieved your own personal goals in the process!

Once again, many thanks to all those who were managing and marshalling our race, making sure that all riders were kept safe. Thanks also to our support teams, family and friends, who come out with encouragement, post-race refreshments and sometimes lifts home. Your support is much appreciated. 

Next week, is one of the classic races for the season, on the Dalefield Circuit which is much loved by the sprinters in the club. As always, if you have not yet done so, you need to contact Kirsten let her know when you will take your turn to marshall.

Finally, good luck to everyone who is facing the Great Lake Challenge this weekend. Ride well and keep safe.

Full results from tonight can be found here:


Gladstone South Return HRR

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Gladstone to Whakarua Road return, HRR

This was an out and back course of 33 kms duration for the main race beginning and ending at Gladstone Church. The course has a number of reasonably knarly short climbs in both directions and this, along with a brisk, and blustery westerly wind played havoc with the bunches. It was noticeable how many riders from each of the start groups were dropped well before the racing was over. Most of these riders then had a lonely journey back to the finish line.

The majority of riders from ‘Break 2’ were successful in catching ‘Limit’ approximately a kilometre or two from the finish. ‘Break’ closed the handicap gap on ‘Break 2’ but still finished over a minute behind. ‘Scratch’ also closed the gap on everyone but finished approximately a minute behind ‘Break’.

Congratulations go to Finn Roberts who demonstrated considerable sprinting prowess to cross the line in first place, followed on the same time by Rex Dowding and Roger Foote.  Also finishing on the same time was the first woman home, Kirsten Goodin. All these riders began the race in ‘Break 2’.

Congratulations also go to Tom McCallum as the fastest man and Lesley Mouat as the fastest woman tonight. Special mention tonight goes to Kate Speedy, fastest junior girl. This is only the second race that Kate has stepped up into the main race, and tonight she worked with her group right the way back to Millars Road before running out of steam and slipping out the back door.

There were three contenders in the short race tonight. This race also started and finished at Gladstone Church, but turned at Millars Road. Tonight, line honours go to Jono Didsbury, followed on the same time by Caleb Roberts. Annabelle Smith finished a couple of minutes later.

Special mention and congratulations also go to all the Tararua Builders Team members who finished their North Island Series on Sunday. You are allowed to rest the legs for a week or two now, unless, of course you are intending to race The Great Lake Challenge!

From all of us, best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Mike Wilkinson, following his altercation with errant farm equipment while out riding. It is at times like this that we appreciate our local emergency services, and hospital. Get well soon Mike.

Full results from tonight can be found at:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/GladstoneWhakarua2019.pdf


  • Everyone needs to marshall, so make sure you are signup by emailing Kirsten.
  • If anyone took any photos tonight could you please post them on Facebook, or send them to me.
  • Next week, is the 2-up TT. Please pre-register your team with Brent/David for this event by Monday.

Norfolk Road, GRR

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Norfolk Road is a regular on the ACM race calendar, and much loved by those who enjoy hurtling downhill with the wind at your back – which would be most of us of course! The race had a slightly different twist this evening as it was run as a Graded Road race, which meant the huge bunch we usually try to hide within turned into just the riders in your grade. In total 53 riders presented themselves to the Race Manager this evening. A few of the regular riders were absent, possibly resting weary legs after their efforts on the Tour of Wairarapa at the weekend.

‘A Grade’ (the fast boys) were the first to leave, then each grade at one-minute intervals though to ‘D Grade’ in the main race. Finally, the short course riders started after everyone else.  Graded races can be quite tactical with some riders opting to take as few turns on the front as possible while others work with their group consistently. Everyone hopes to be there at the sprint, but so much can go wrong before that. Pinch points in this race occur from a number of sources: when a rider attacks off the front of their bunch; up the slightly steeper sections of incline; if you get hung out in the wind when it is blowing a northerly; and at the turn when, if you happen to be the last rider round the cone, racing can feel like a bungy cord that has just snapped and dropped you out the back door. When this happens, it is a long way back to the finish wondering if the grade behind you will catch and if they do, realizing you are not allowed to work with them, you can only sit at the back and follow along. 

In ‘A Grade’ Erik d’Arbois was the first rider to successfully attack off the front to create a solo breakaway. However, by about 8 km into the race Mark Langlands crossed the gap to join up with Erik. At the turn Erik and Mark were about 500 metres in front of the ‘A Grade’ peloton. The racing was not done and dust however, as the peloton worked together and had caught the breakaway by the 25 km mark. So ‘A Grade’ approached the finish for a bunch sprint which was taken out by Mark Langlands. 

Although the speed increased a few times on the way up Norfolk Road there were no serious attempts to form a breakaway in ‘B Grade’. The pace was reasonably high on the way up, and predictably increased on the return journey, but the bunch remained intact.  Unfortunately, three riders were disqualified for crossing the centre line approaching the sprint finish. Thus, tonight congratulations go to overall grade winner Andrew Linton and to Belinda Fuller first woman.

A similar story (minus the disqualifications) played out in both ‘C-Grade’ and ‘D-Grade with both races ending in sprint finishes. Congratulations go to Chris McBride winner of ‘C-Grade’ and Donna Burkhart first woman. In ‘D-Grade’ congratulations go to Greg Baillie overall winner and to Donna O’Sullivan first woman.

For the short-course riders, their turnaround point is near the one-lane bridge. A couple of these riders had to hold their line as they got caught by one or two of the bunches in the main race. It was great to see some of our juniors had hooked themselves onto the back of a bunch and finished strongly. Congratulations to Jono Didsbury overall winner and to Karen Blade first woman.

Thanks to the Deb and John Allen for the post-race refueling and hospitality. And as always to our race officials without whom we cannot race.

Full results can be found:



  1. Everyone needs to sign up with Kirsten to offer themselves for marshalling duties.
  2. Next week the race starts at Gladstone Church, travels south to Whakarua Road and then returns to finish at Gladstone Church.

Francis Line Circuit HRR

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The Francis Line circuit is a course where everyone knows they are going to have to deal with the wind from every direction as some stage on the race. Tonight, the conditions were most challenging along Hughes Line with a fairly brisk cross wind that meant riders had to battle to hold wheels. Not every rider succeeded in doing this for the duration of the race. Despite this many of the riders would have ridden their fastest 40 kms ever, or at least for some time as they completed all 3 laps.

As always in a Handicapped Road Race, each bunch attempted to reach the line first without being caught by chasing bunches. In the main race, the start groups comprised at least a dozen riders, with the exception of Mark Langlands, who was given an extra minute handicap by himself. With an exceptionally strong ‘Scratch’ Group tonight, closing that gap proved impossible. ‘Scratch’ were also unable to catch any groups ahead of them. However, ‘Break 2’ caught ‘Limit’ and ‘Break’ succeeded in catching ‘Break 2’ on the final lap just at the junction of Hughes and Francis Line which resulted in a mass bunch sprint to finish the race. 

Congratulations to Phil Sutherland who outsprinted everyone and finished first, followed by Duncan Cameron in second, and Ricky Blade in third place. Belinda Fuller finished 4thand was the first woman followed on the same time by Emily Lutyens as the two fastest women. Congratulations to Derek Roberts who was the fastest man completing the race in 1 hour two minutes and 36 seconds, an impressive average speed of 40.24 kms per hour.

The short course riders completed a single lap of the circuit starting with 5 riders. Three of those riders were dropped on the circuit, with Karen Blade being outsprinted by Kate Speedy at the finish. In addition to winning the short course overall, Kate is the fastest of the Junior short course riders.

Additional congratulations tonight go to Belinda Fuller who competed at K2 and placed 3rdin her age group last weekend. 

Many thanks to Di Dowding for refuelling riders with a BBQ on the finish line.  Also thanks to our trust race officials keeping us on track and safe as we race.

Some more reminders:

  1. it is not too late to get your entries in for the Tour of Wairarapa which is being held on Sunday 10thNovember. 
  2. For those who have yet to sign up to marshalling duties for this season, your prompt attention to this, by selecting 2 races that you would prefer not to ride, then email Kirsten Goodin with your offer to marshall those races.
  3. Next week our race is a Graded Road race to the top of Norfolk Road and back again.

Full results: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FrancesLine3xHHR.pdf

Laps Split times:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/LapTimes.pdf

Summer Series Race 5

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1Sam HillA0:46:33
2Sue BankierA0:46:54
3Mel ArcusA0:47:10
4Darius SimpsonA0:51:11
5Malcolm MacDonaldA0:51:13
6Andrew DavenportA0:51:17
7James InwoodA0:52:18
8Clifford Rowe-PennyA0:57:46
1Lesley GrahamB0:47:32
2Lloyd MillarB0:48:15
3Craig EwingB0:52:23
4Annie JerlingB0:52:40
5Philip Donvin-IronsB0:54:09
6Rachel GawithB0:54:13
7Michael DuthieB0:54:42
8Richard HawkesB0:54:49
9Roger JonesB0:54:58
0Tim MatthewsB0:55:06
11Norm ChuB0:57:29
12Chris van GervenB0:58:11
1Megan SimpsonC1:03:39
2Claudia BaechleC1:05:10
3Gail EdwardsC1:05:50
4Chris WilsonC1:07:13
5Stacey MillerC1:14:01
1Miranda BartonD1:07:57
2Lisa TonkinD1:10:37
3Jennifer BraaksmaD1:10:38
4Annie HawkesD1:19:09
5Jim BarrD1:20:25
6Rob Ruff-ThomasD1:59:27
1Serena RobertsE0:48:09
2Bron WishartE0:48:11
1Michael Rowe-PennyW0:45:53
2Lee-Ann AngoveW0:50:29
3Allison NagelW0:54:30
4Stan BraaksmaW0:58:16
5Don McLachlanW0:58:58
6Amelia Rowe-PennyW1:05:58
7Stephen YoungW1:06:05
8Lincoln SpiteW1:35:14
9Robyn WestonW1:35:23
1Brooke MillerJ0:19:52
2MacKenzie MurrayJ0:20:26
3Jacquelyn MurrayJ0:24:06
4Justin MillerJ0:27:26
5Logan RobertsJ0:30:43
6Isla RobertsJ0:38:02
7Beth Bramwell-CookeJ0:38:03
1Lachie DuffyM0:09:36
2William GawithM0:10:55
3Brooke DuffyM0:11:05
4Samuel GawithM0:12:42
5Mack DuffyM0:12:44
6Luca RobertsM0:16:09

Millers Road

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This week was the first of the Handicapped Road Races for the season. Also up for grabs tonight was the John Chesmar Memorial Trophy, awarded to the winner of the race, no matter which handicap group they started in.  John Chesmar was a bit of a character –nicknamed Mad dog – but well loved and respected amongst our members. John had a few things he was passionate about – his family, his Morris Minors, and his cycling. John was a seriously competitive racer who knew how to hold a wheel and excelled when it came to the sprint. He was also well known for constructing ‘funny bikes’ that many people played with over the years. At the same time, we would probably regard him as one of the most social members of our club. It is fitting therefore to hold this race in memory and honour of him.

As is usual with Handicapped races everyone was set off in groups starting with ‘limit’, then 3 break groups and finally scratch – the big boys – were let loose 14 minutes later. The goal for each of the groups is to overtake all the riders in front of you whilst not getting caught by the groups charging up behind you. When the handicapper gets it absolutely right, every group will arrive together to contest the sprint finish. 

The grading processing is an ongoing process, especially this early in the season. This particular circuit offers a few little challenges along the way. First there is the climb up through Gladstone, past the pub and on into a persistent headwind. Once the riders reached Carter’s Line, and the change of direction, the wind became a crosscutter which was the second test for the night, as if you drop a wheel at this point there is no way back! The third test is always the short but punchy climb after the Parkvale Hall, followed by another section of crosswind before turning to start the Millers Road Climb. 

Tonight a few riders demonstrated considerably more strength and speed than others in their group through this series of tests. It is probable that these riders will find themselves re-graded upwards for the next outing. Some of the scratch bunch got very close to lapping the whole field but didn’t succeed in catching absolutely everyone. Better luck next time…. maybe.

In the end congratulations go to Neil Henderson who crossed the line in first place and is therefore tonight’s winner and will be the recipient of the John Chesmar Memorial Trophy. Congratulations to Donna Burkhart who was second and also the first woman across the finish line. Congratulations also go to Tom McCallum the fastest man on the night. Similarly, congratulations to Emily Lutyens the fastest woman tonight.

For the junior members of the club their race took them south from Gladstone Church to Millers Road where they turned and raced back towards the Church. Their tests come in the form of false flat on the first half of the race and head-cross wind on the return journey. Congratulations tonight go toKate Speedy who won the junior race and was also the first junior girl. Jono Didsbury finished in second place and was the first junior boy.

As always very many thanks to the team who manage the race and keep us all safe. Next week is another Handicapped Road race around the Francis Line – Hughes Line circuit.

Full results:

Finish orderNameFinish TimeDifferenceRide time
Main Race
1.Henderson, Neil18:56:3100:00.054:25Winner
2.Burkhart, Donna18:58:2901:58.052:241st Woman
3.Hannam, Stephen18:58:2901:58.052:24
4.McCallum, Thomas18:58:3001:59.043:26Fastest man
5.Foote, Roger18:58:3102:00.052:26
6.Linton, Andrew18:58:3102:00.047:26
7.Blade, Ricky18:58:3202:01.047:26
8.Dowding, Rex18:58:3202:01.052:27
9.Van Woerkom, Bill18:58:3202:01.047:27
10.Yeats, Stephen18:58:3302:02.047:27
11.Hodder, David18:58:3302:02.052:29
12.Graham, Robert18:58:3302:02.047:28
13.Wallace, Paul18:58:3302:02.047:28
14.Langlands, Mark18:58:3702:06.043:32
15.Wilkinson, Mike18:58:4202:11.047:37
16.O’Sullivan, Donna18:58:4602:15.056:40
17.Green, Dominic18:59:4303:12.044:38
18.Pumfrey, Simon18:59:4403:13.044:39
19.Simmonds, Devan18:59:4403:13.044:39
20.Drummond, Dave18:59:4403:13.044:39
21.Price, Gareth18:59:4403:13.044:39
22.Knight, Ben18:59:5003:19.044:45
23.Jaques, Robert18:59:5003:19.048:44
24.Sandoval, Jorge18:59:5303:22.053:49
25.Sutherland, Phil19:00:0803:37.049:03
26.Butler, Simon19:01:0204:31.045:58
27.Blackburn, Terry19:01:0204:31.049:57
28.James, Peter19:01:0504:34.046:00
29.Lutyens, Emily19:01:0504:34.049:59Fastest woman
30.Southon, Darren19:01:0504:34.046:00
31.Baillie, Greg19:01:2804:57.059:22
32.Raman, Anil19:01:2804:57.059:23
33.Whitcombe, Earle19:01:3405:03.055:29
34.Haste, Ray19:04:0107:30.057:56
35.Mouat, Lesley19:04:2707:56.053:22
36.Devenport, Jenny19:04:2707:56.01:02:22
37.Jerling, Mark19:06:2209:51.01:00:17
38.Maclachlan And Murphy, Douglas and Meri19:14:3718:06.01:12:31
DNFMurray, John19:20:00DNF1:17:55
Short Course
1Speedy, Kate25:49:00winner
2Didsbury, Jono25:57:001st boy
3Smith, Annabelle28:20:00
4McNaughton, Ryan31:33:00

Watson’s Road to Wainuioru return

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There have been some itchy wheels within the club this season due to races needing to be cancelled or postpone because of adverse weather conditions. So, it was a relief that this evening proved dry enough, albeit chilly and breezy, for some itches to be scratched.

Forty-five riders presented themselves to the starter to be divided into A and B Grade, with two junior riders contesting the short course. All grades began in Watson’s Road, heading East up and over, before returning to finish at the top of Limeworks hill. 

I heard this course described by one rider as ‘brutal’, which is especially true when you add in a reasonably healthy westerly wind. This particular course is always ‘testing’ with riders trying to hold the wheel in front of them whilst their heart and lungs complain bitterly about the effort required to do so. That is, unless you are among the strongest and one of those who is ‘putting the hurt’ on your competitors. In the end it was a race of attrition with riders being spread out over the course in small groups with the strongest rider finishing solo. For riders who succeed in staying within a group until the bottom of the final climb up Limeworks the end result was then decided on climbing ability.

On the short course congratulations go to Ryan McNaughton for a win in his very first race, followed not far behind by Annabelle Smith, our only junior girl tonight. In B-Grade congratulations go to Duncan Cameron who finished over four minutes in front of the next group of riders, with both Caleb and Finn Roberts demonstrating high quality climbing ability to finish second and third. Congratulations to Laura Cockroft who was first woman home. Once again In A-Grade congratulations go to Mark Langlands finishing solo nearly a minute in front of Dominic Green, followed shortly after that by Erik D’Arbois. First and fastest woman on the night was Emily Lutyens.

Many thanks to all our race officials who kept us safe and also to David and Lyn Howden for hosting the after-match barbecue.

Two reminders:

  • If you have not yet done so, everyone has to sign up to marshall at least twice during the season;
  • If you are receiving these emails and no longer want to, please reply with ‘unsubscribe’.

Next week: is the first handicapped road race of the season, which means that everyone will be racing for the John Chesmar Memorial Trophy to contested around one lap of the Millers Road circuit, starting and finishing at Gladstone Church.

Full Results:


Summer Series Race 4

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1Darius SimpsonA0:40:03
2Andrew DavenportA0:40:36
3Anthony Rowe-PennyA0:41:59
4Sam HillA0:42:20
5Craig RobertsA0:43:03
6Sue BankierA0:44:46
7Clifford Rowe-PennyA0:46:09
8Malcolm MacDonaldA0:46:59
1Lloyd MillarB0:45:25
2Roger JonesB0:47:52
3Michael DuthieB0:47:59
4Richard HawkesB0:48:26
5Lesley GrahamB0:48:38
6Annie JerlingB0:49:12
7Rachel GawithB0:49:24
8Craig EwingB0:51:21
9Tim MatthewsB0:52:28
10Chris van GervenB0:53:08
11Norm ChuB0:53:21
1Franky SpiteC0:58:21
2Stacey MillerC0:59:07
3Megan SimpsonC1:03:22
4Claudia BaechleC1:16:48
1Miranda BartonD1:03:49
2Lisa TonkinD1:04:14
3Jane FlowerdayD1:04:28
4Jim BarrD1:09:51
5Rob Ruff-ThomasD1:16:57
1Steph WingateE0:44:07
2Annie HawkesE0:57:51
1Michael Rowe-PennyW0:49:04
2Lee-Ann AngoveW0:53:48
3Allison NagelW0:58:10
4Don McLachlanW0:59:20
5Michael TeahanW1:04:38
6Stephen YoungW1:04:49
7Amelia Rowe-PennyW1:09:41
8Lincoln SpiteW1:16:19
1Brooke MillerJ0:18:09
2Isla RobertsJ0:22:41
3Justin MillerJ0:26:08
4Logan RobertsJ0:27:48
1William GawithM0:09:51
2Samuel GawithM0:10:58
3Luca RobertsM0:11:11