Mauriceville MSRR 2020

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Results here

Race 2 was Rangitumau/Mauriceville return with a mass start at Twin Bridges finishing on
the left hand straight past the Bluff. The long course was 27km’s with the turn around in
Mauriceville village and 14km’s for the short course.
Weather on the evening was overcast and cool and blustery nor’wester. This promised a
headwind on the outward leg and some tailwind coming home. The long course had 49
competitors present themselves to the start line and 5 starters for the short course.
Clear winner on the short course was Scarlett McCallum with a lead of 1:30 over Stan
Braaksma in 2nd and Karen Blade in 3rd
The long course also had clear winners with Mark Langland pipping Tom McCallum for 1st
place and the two enjoying a 0:49 break over the chasing group with Josh Van Woerkom
coming in 3rd
Big thanks to Steve Hannam for setting out the signage and Brent, Toni & David for
managing the race as well as everyone who marshalled.
Race 3 is Watsons/Wainuioru/Watsons 32/18km HRR. This is also the John Chesmar
Memorial race

Matahiwi ITT 2020

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Results here

The ACM racing calendar kicked off Tuesday night with the individual time trial up Matahiwi Road. Conditions were not encouraging with a brisk sou’westerly wind and temperatures hovering around six degrees. Nevertheless forty eight keen competitors presented themselves to the starting gate ready to take on the 17km course.

In addition to the regular ACM riders were nine riders of the Black Spokes pro race team. The Black Spokes are currently here in the Wairarapa to compete in the North Island Team Series.

Needless to say the results were dominated by the visiting riders with Tom McCallum being the highest place local rider coming in 7th place. Highest place woman was Emily Lutyens who came in 30th overall.

Many thanks to the race organisers and the marshals out on the course.

Next race is Tuesday 6th October Rangitumau-Mauriceville return starting at the Twin Bridges at 6pm

Francis Line GRR

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The Francis line circuit never fails to bring a few challenges with it. It is a course where riders understand they will face the wind coming at them from every which way at some stage out on the road. Tonight, it was a hardy few riders – some might say fool-hardy – who turned out to attempt to deal with very chilly south-southeast wind conditions. 

Traditionally this is a fast, flat circuit that favours the sprinters or riders who can hang on and then take off out the front to rapidly get up that final small lump to the finish line. As a Graded Road Race, you are only racing against the riders in your start group, so bunch tactics can also come into play and not everyone will be prepared to take equal turns on the front. 

Usually in Graded Road Races there’s no love in war and cycle racing and sometimes it’s not about winning but all about beating your mates! In contrast to that idea, both A and B Graded races this evening were ridden more like a Handicapped Road Race. 

In A Grade a couple of riders were dropped very soon after the first turn, but all the other riders decided to sit up and let both riders back into the bunch. Everyone was then able to roll through taking their turn on the front.  In the end line honours in A-Grade went to Finn Roberts, closely followed by his Dad, who rode the whole race in his small chain ring – spin training extraordinaire!

In B-Grade a similar race unfolded. B-Grade came down to a hard-fought sprint with line honours going to Roger Foote closely followed by Rex Dowding. The race for minor places were also strongly contested in B-Grade.

Very many thanks to race management who kept us safe. Tonight, there were nearly as many in the race team as riders on bikes.

Note: PNP have today put out a notification that Centre Champs have been postponed at this stage. For those who have entered or are intending to enter Nationals – keep an eye on the NZC website as they have indicated they will update this on 19thMarch.

Only two more Tuesday night races for this season – next week is an ITT up Matahiwi and the final race is a Mass Start around the Pakas from Johnstone Street.

Rememberto register for our Cycling Section AGM and Prizegiving through the ACM website.

Full resultscan be found:

http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FrancesLinex2GRR-2.pdf

Kaituna Return HRR

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Tonight’s handicapped road race used the Upper Manaia Road to Kaituna and return course. With another testing breeze in play, this race turned into a bit of a smash fest for many of the riders, particularly in ‘A’ and ‘B’ Grade. These two groups obviously decided right from the off, that they didn’t feel like working together tonight.

With pressure on right from the start, some riders in these two groups were spat out the back door very early in the race. Most riders from ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade had noticed that this was a handicapped race and did manage to work and stay together until they were around the turn. Then a couple of the riders from ‘C’ grade were successful in hooking onto the charging front end of ‘A’ Grade, at least for a while.

Line honours tonight go to our visiting rider, Madi Hartley-Brown, who was first and fastest man, followed a few seconds later by Gareth Price and Mark Langlands in third. First and fastest woman tonight was Kirsten Goodin.

Special mention tonight for great rides from both Finn and Caleb Roberts. As junior riders they are having to use restricted gearing, and have to spin at a frenetic pace to stay on a bunch that is flying downhill.

On the short course our junior riders found the conditions quite tough and ended up racing an individual time trial. Short Course line honours went to Jaimee Blackburn once again this evening.

Congratulations to all those who contested Rice Mountain Classic at the weekend – it’s one tough race – Erik D’Arbois, Stephen Yeats, Richard van Lent, Josh van Workoem. Also remember that we still have riders out there on the Tour of Aotearoa and you are able to track how far they have got on-line.

For those of you who have been thoroughly enjoying racing, and are wanting to extend your season there are a few opportunities outside Tuesday nights for you to stretch your legs:

14thMarch      – Tui Bush Tour – Mangatanoka

21stMarch       – Gentle Annie – Taihape to Hawkes Bay

5thApril           – Wellington Centre Champs being run by PNP

11-13thApril    – Australasian Masters champs – hosted in the Wairarapa

17-19thApril    – New Zealand Age Group Club Nationals hosted by Waipukurau

3rdMay            – Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial hosted by ACM – register now here:

The other date to put into your calendar is our AGM and Prizegiving – Saturday 9thMay at Wairarapa Club. To register for this please complete the form you will find at:

As always thanks to our race management team, and also thanks to the Allen’s for hosting the after- race refuelling session.

For full results:

http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/KaitunaHRRResults.pdf

Bideford Road HRR

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I’m sure I’ve been here before! Yes, tonight the race used the same course as last week beginning at the Whangaehu Hall, riding north on Bideford Road to Maungapuru School before returning to the finish line. For the main race the overall journey was about 30 kms. This evening our sole short course contender, Kate Speedy, turned at the top of the first hill, to race approximately 15 kms.

With a brisk Norwest wind in play on this handicapped road race, it was a case of everyone peddling their very best to try to catch the group in front and stay away from those who left after you. Each of the bunches left at 4 minute intervals. Bunches that work well together – rolling through smoothly and steadily, keeping an even effort without leaving gaps, tend to travel faster overall than groups who struggle to work together as a cohesive unit. Of course if the group gets caught, then it’s a case of everyone for themselves to see if you can get on the back of a charging bunch!

Tonight those 4 minute gaps were not enough as each of the groups found themselves both splitting up and being caught by at least some of those in the following groups. Those who were lucky, got caught somewhere that enabled them to hook onto the back, even if only for a short time, whilst those who were unlucky got caught just when the road began to rise once again, making it almost impossible to stay on the back of the faster riders.

Over the final few kilometres, the front end of both ‘Scratch’ and ‘Break’ came together to contest the final hill sprint to the finish. The overall winner taking line honours and fastest man was Tom McCallum, closely followed by Richard van Lent and Mark Langlands in third. Lesley Mouat was the first and fast woman this evening finishing a little ahead of Donna Burkhart.

As ever, many thanks to the race management team for looking after us on the road.

Please note next week there is a course change to the scheduled race. We will now be using the Upper Manaia Road to Kaituna return course.

Full Results can be found:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WhangaehuBidefordHRRResults.pdf

Bideford Road – GRR

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Tonight saw the first Graded Road Race for 2020 beginning at the Whangaehu Hall, riding north on Bideford Road to Maungapuru School before returning to the finish line. For the main race the overall journey was about 30 kms and for our short course contenders who turn at the top of the first hill, it is about 15 kms in length. The course involves negotiating a number of climbs and descents, so it poses a few challenges for most riders.

A number of riders begin contemplating their tactics for a Graded Road race well in advance of the actual start. As riders are only racing with their start group, and are not allowed to participate in the race of any other grade, the questions get posed, ‘do I attack on the flat, or should I attack on the first climb’? ‘Should I try to get rid of a few competitors before the final climb or should I see if it is possible to sit on the back and hide for as long as possible so I can reserve my energy’?  Tonight a reasonably brisk North-East wind also impacted on the strategy in the bunches, making it less attractive to attack on the outward journey. The first climb on the way out did stretch some of the bunches, but it was the return journey that bunches really began to split up. 

Riders began in 4 grades beginning with A-Grade who had 12 contestants, then B-Grade with 10 contenders, followed by C-Grade with 10 riders and the final bunch in the main race had 9 riders.  On the short course there were 4 riders.

Congratulations to all the grade winners from this evening:

A-Grade:          Mark Langlands

B-Grade:          Duncan Cameron, and Finn Roberts – first junior boy

C-Grade:          Caleb Roberts and Kirsten Goodin – first woman

D-Grade:         Andrew Bond, and Donna O’Sullivan – first woman

Short Course: Karen Blade, and Jaimee Blackburn – first Junior Girl

Chocolate Fish awards go to a couple of riders did not register times – perhaps they left their transponder at home! Full results can be found at:

For Full Results: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Results.pdf

As always very many thanks to the race management team who keep us safe out on the road. Also, thanks to Ricky Blade, Di Dowding, and Eastwoods for the post-race BBQ.

Next week is a Handicapped Road Race starting at Gladstone Church, racing south, then returning to finish at the top of Admiral Hill.

Hill Climb Championship – Provisional

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Club Hill Climb – Provisional results

What a fabulous evening for a stroll up a hill! Certainly 46 riders thought so, as they came out to contest ACM’s Cycling Hill Climb Championship Race up Kourarau Hill (Te Wharau Road). Some of those riders were not so much strolling as flying, and there were a number of remarkably good times posted this evening. Both Roberts boys to mention just two. 

The hill climb is a time trial event, with no draughting allowed. You are allowed to use the riders in front of you for motivation to – go faster, harder, produce more power, or just plain grovel to get past them – but you can’t sit on their wheel having a free ride. Hill climbs are rather different to flat time trials, and hills can be the ‘skinny riders’ play-ground. It is all about the power to weight ratio, and an ability to ignore legs and lungs screaming at you to stop. Riders who fly up hills, know that the quicker they get to the top the sooner the pain goes away!

As a Championship race, riders can test how well they climb against others in their age category, as well as racing for overall climbing honours. On the start line there was a considerable amount of banter between riders, but as was commented on, with a race that is seeded so that the top riders leave last, the banter ceases altogether when there are only a handful of riders left in the start box! It all becomes quite serious. 

In the junior races, champions emerged who were clearly quicker than their closest rivals. In the Open Men, Mark Langlands emerged as the clear winner, but an arm wrestle took place for second and third with Richard van Lent pipping Ben Knight by a few seconds. In the Women’s Open race another arm wrestle for the championship took place with Emily Lutyens taking the win by a fraction of a second from Belinda Fuller, with Lesley Mouat a few seconds back in 3rdplace.  Congratulations to all riders this evening, but especially to our Champions for 2020:

Junior Champions

U17 Girl: Kate Speedy

U17 Boy: Caleb Roberts

U19 Boy: Finn Roberts

Champion woman: Emily Lutyens

Champion man: Mark Langlands

As always, very many thanks to the team of race officials who looked after us out on the road. Next week, is a Graded Road Race starting from the Whangaehu hall out to Bideford and back.

Overall results can be found:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OverallResults.pdf

Age Group Results:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AgeGroup-1.pdf

The Butler did it, with the bicycle, on the Upper Plain Circuit!

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Tonight’s handicapped road race around the Upper Plain circuit was fast and furious right from the get-go!  On an almost perfect summer evening, thirty-nine riders presented themselves to the starter for this predominately flat course with two junior riders and one senior completing two laps and everyone else racing for 3 laps. 

There was a handicap of three minutes between each of the bunches, and tonight the handicapper has to take credit for ‘getting it spot-on’, resulting in the whole race coming together on the final lap. As is expected on these occasions riders who were feeling strong managed to hook onto the back of the faster riders as they came through. Overall line honours tonight went to Simon Butler, who put both Mark Langlands and Tom McCallum to the sword in the final sprint. Simon also takes out the honour of being fastest man on the night.  Emily Lutyens outsprinted Donna Burkhart to take line honours amongst the women riders. Emily also takes out the honour of being fastest woman on the night.

On the short course, congratulations go to Karen Blade, who was the fastest rider overall on the short course. Also, congratulations to Kate Speedy who pipped Jaimee Blackburn in the sprint to take line honours amongst the junior girls.

After all was done and dusted, the riders were an animated bunch as they discussed the tactics that they had employed and whom had managed to get onto whose wheel, and which riders in their bunch didn’t take a turn on the front! Many riders were heard to state, ‘that was great, I enjoyed that’. For a few unlucky ones, tonight there was the sad story of only managed a few kilometres before I punctured!

As always, many thanks to Brent Sowry and his race team who make it possible for these races to take place safely. It was a big team of folks out there tonight. Also, very many thanks to Andrew Linton and Kirsten Goodin for refuelling riders and officials.

Next week is the final Club Championship race – the love it or hate it Hill Climb Champs up the one and only Admiral Hill.

Finally, good luck to Tom McCallum as he heads north to contest the Elite National up in Cambridge. Go hard Tom.

Full results from tonight can be found at: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Upper-Plain-circuit.pdf

Lap times: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/LapTimesSkeetsx3HRR.pdf

ACM Club Road Race Champs – Provisional results

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It was a challenging parcours for the riders who presented themselves to the start line for the club road race championship. Just on 60 kms over two laps of the Millars Road circuit and one lap for the short course riders. Local temperature was nudging 30 degrees and there was a brisk nor’westerly which ramped up as the evening progressed.


Out on the circuit this translated to a long drag into a headwind as the riders passed the Hurunui-O-Rangi marae and continued up past the Gladstone vineyards and over the rise past Middle Run. Turning the corner onto Carters Line and down to the Deerstalkers Hall is normally a fast & furious affair but this evening made difficult by a blustery and bullying crosswind that caused numerous problems for riders caught in a gap or out of position in the line.


Bearing left past the Hall and up past the mushroom factory gave some respite in the form of a rough tailwind pretty much all the way up to the Millars Road turn off and continued with a blustery tailwind up and over the Millars road climb. The final leg presented with a solid cross headwind which was to be endured all the way to the finish line.


First two men across the line were Mark Langland followed by Derek Roberts. First woman was Emily Luytens who just pipped Belinda Fuller for line honours. Also congratulations to first junior boy, Finn Roberts, and first junior girl, Jaimie Blackburn.

Congratulations to all riders who completed the course tonight and a big thanks to all the marshalls for doing a sterling job and to Di for the BBQ

For full results: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResultsMillarsx2ClubChamps.pdf

Report: Andy Curtis-Cody