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:


  • 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.

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

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

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
Simon Butler50:37:48
BelindaFuller120:40:051st and Fastest woman
JoshVan Woerkom130:40:06
Julie Millar230:43:44
Jorge Sandoval330:43:50

Summer Series Race 3

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Here are the results from Race 3.

1Graeme ButcherA0:40:18
2Darius SimpsonA0:40:43
3Flynn RegisterA0:42:17
4Anthony Rowe-PennyA0:43:41
5Brent RegisterA0:44:30
6Sam HillA0:45:01
7Craig RobertsA0:45:48
8Sue BankierA0:46:25
9Andrew DavenportA0:48:35
10Clifford Rowe-PennyA1:00:41
1Lesley GrahamB0:47:25
2Roger JonesB0:49:50
3Lloyd MillarB0:49:52
4Michael DuthieB0:51:51
5Tom AndrewsB0:52:15
6Annie JerlingB0:52:21
7Jack SorrellB0:53:00
8Craig EwingB0:53:03
9Rachel GawithB0:53:13
10Chris van GervenB0:55:38
11Norm ChuB0:56:40
12Tim MatthewsB1:00:40
1Stacey MillerC1:00:48
2Megan SimpsonC1:04:59
3Claudia BaechleC1:05:13
4Franky SpiteC1:06:22
1Miranda BartonD1:03:56
2Lisa TonkinD1:06:49
3Jane FlowerdayD1:08:09
4Annie HawkesD1:15:35
5Rob Ruff-ThomasD1:28:32
1Richard HawkesE0:37:13
2Steph WingateE0:40:12
3Philippa CopeE0:40:12
1Michael Rowe-PennyW0:46:29
2Lee-Ann AngoveW0:49:09
3Allison NagelW0:54:20
4Don McLachlanW0:54:22
5Amelia Rowe-PennyW1:00:36
6Gillian AtkinsonW1:00:57
7Stephen YoungW1:02:44
8Lincoln SpiteW1:12:07
1Brooke MillerJ0:18:24
2Isla RobertsJ0:23:22
3Logan RobertsJ0:24:45
4Jacquelyn MurrayJ0:27:44
1Lachie DuffyM0:09:27
2Brooke DuffyM0:10:23
3Samuel GawithM0:11:13
4Mack DuffyM0:12:18
5Luca RobertsM0:13:36

Summer Series Race 2 Results

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1Graeme ButcherA0:31:45
2Andrew DavenportA0:32:38
3Darius SimpsonA0:33:20
4Flynn RegisterA0:34:12
5Craig RobertsA0:36:33
6Sam HillA0:37:46
7Sue BankierA0:38:10
8Anthony Rowe-PennyA0:38:26
9Clifford Rowe-PennyA0:40:21
1Lesley GrahamB0:37:21
2Lloyd MillarB0:38:04
3Gavin ChampionB0:39:17
4Steve ReynoldsB0:39:26
5Tom AndrewsB0:39:42
6Thomas LeskeB0:40:14
7Ray HasteB0:40:48
8Roger JonesB0:41:20
9Craig EwingB0:41:31
10Philip Donvin-IronsB0:41:58
11Annie JerlingB0:43:15
12Chris van GervenB0:43:51
13Tim MatthewsB0:46:02
15Michael DuthieB0:47:56
1Serena RobertsC0:48:02
2Bron WishartC0:48:02
3Stacey MillerC0:49:09
4Franky SpiteC0:50:03
5Megan SimpsonC0:52:36
6Claudia BaechleC0:52:38
1Miranda BartonD0:54:27
2Lisa TonkinD0:54:35
3Jennifer BraaksmaD0:54:35
4Jane FlowerdayD0:58:07
5Annie HawkesD1:01:18
6Jim BarrD1:01:19
7Rob Ruff-ThomasD1:15:30
1Michael Rowe-PennyW0:37:46
2Kim RegisterW0:40:35
3Lee-Ann AngoveW0:41:24
4Tim BirdW0:42:55
5Allison NagelW0:44:13
6Ingrid BirdW0:46:06
7Don McLachlanW0:46:08
8Stan BraaksmaW0:48:38
9Amelia Rowe-PennyW0:50:46
10Stephen YoungW0:51:45
11Claire BlomgrenW0:53:17
12Irene PriceW1:00:16
13Betty MoirW1:31:28
1Brooke MillerJ0:19:39
2Jacquelyn MurrayJ0:21:22
3Isla RobertsJ0:25:27
4Justin MillerJ0:33:23
1Sam KirtonM0:06:31
2Luca RobertsM0:07:39
3Olvia InwoodM0:07:44
4Annabelle KirtonM0:11:49