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:

http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Results2xTTT2019-1.pdf

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:

http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NorfolkRdGRR2019.pdf

Reminders:

  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

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:

http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/watsonsWainui.pdf

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
DominicGreen20:37:46
ThomasMcCallum30:37:48
SimonPumfrey40:37:48
Simon Butler50:37:48
DerekRoberts60:37:49
DevanSimmonds70:37:49
GarethPrice80:37:50
DarrenSouthon90:37:57
AndrewLinton100:40:05
DanielJaques110:40:05
BelindaFuller120:40:051st and Fastest woman
JoshVan Woerkom130:40:06
SmithChristopher140:40:06
LawrenceKent150:40:33
DuncanCameron160:40:33
EmilyLutyens170:40:37
AndyCurtis-Cody180:40:38
StephenYeats190:40:40
CraigMangin200:40:56
RickyBlade210:43:19
KirstenGoodin220:43:44
Julie Millar230:43:44
PeterLee240:43:44
StephenHannam250:43:44
JohnAllen260:43:44
ChrisMcBride270:43:44
terryBlackburn280:43:44
DonnaBurkhart290:43:44
RexDowding300:43:44
NeilHenderson310:43:49
GregBaillie320:43:50
Jorge Sandoval330:43:50
DavidHancock340:43:50
MarkJerling350:43:51
DuncanCameron360:44:49
RayHaste380:49:00
AnilRaman390:49:01
GraemeTwist400:49:04
MichaelClinton-Baker410:49:05
DavidHodder430:51:27
MikeParker440:51:39
JennyDevenport450:51:39
McCabeMichelle460:51:43
BladeKaren
MurrayJohn
AndrewBond

2-Up Time Trial

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Twenty two teams presented themselves to contest tonight’s two-up time trial that was billed as a potential ‘team selection event’ for the (not far distant!) Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial. The 17 km event began at the bottom of Matahiwi with teams leaving at minute intervals, to ride as hard as possible over ‘false flat’ and short rises towards the summit turnaround. On an evening with blustery North West winds, the ride up the hill was never going to be an easy ride.

After the turnaround, teams looked to increase their speed and maximise the benefit of slight downhill, with cross-cutter tail-wind, not that this makes the riding any easier, it just becomes quicker with riders pushing bigger gears. The fastest teams ride close to each other’s wheels and are able to lap out smoothly without losing any speed. Where teams are slightly uneven, the stronger rider may elect to take a longer turn on the front.

All riders arrived at the finish, out of breath most with legs screaming at them to stop pushing. Teams were then rewarded with carrot-cake and marshmallows – instant energy replacement.

Special mention has to be made tonight of Team Sowry – this is the first race this season for Brent, so hopefully, as soon as we get our heads fully around the new timing system, we can see you back in the peloton on a regular basis! Congratulations tonight go to Derek Roberts and Dave Drummond, who posted the fastest overall time. Ben Knight, the only solo rider, finished a mere 4 seconds slower. Devan Simmonds and Lesley Mouat posted the fastest time amongst the mixed teams. The fastest all women team was Karen Blade and Sydney Blackburn. Fastest Junior girls were Scarlett Freeman and Kate Speedy. The sole junior boys team of Finn and Caleb Roberts posted a very creditable time, faster than quite a number of senior teams.

As always, very many thanks to the race management team for their work that allows us to race. Thanks also to the providers of instant energy at the finish line.

Reminder: Entries are now open for the Hope Gibbons Team Time Trial – sort your teams out and get the entries in.

Next Week in the final Tuesday race for the season. It is a mass start over the Kaituna course. If you did not keep your transponder from tonight – or were not issued with one tonight, please attempt to be early so one can be issued to you. All transponders are to be returned at the end of the Kaituna race. Next season each person who races will be able to hire a transponder for the season.

ShutenoTeamRidersStart timeFinish timeRide timePlace
1818, 46Derek and Drummo Drummond / D Roberts0:23:000:47:210:24:211Fastest men
2013, Lone rangerBen Knight0:25:000:49:250:24:252
15117, 61Simon an Darren Butler / Southon0:19:000:44:370:25:373
1924, 69Lost Boy and Lost Soul James / Van Woerkom 0:22:000:47:500:25:504
17101,119Eddy, JeffKuipers/Saywell0:21:000:46:510:25:515
1370, 12Ricky and Simon Blade / Pumfrey 0:18:000:43:520:25:526
115, 36Under and over weight Simmonds / Mouat 0:15:000:42:070:27:077Fastest Mixed
2227, 153Daniel and SimonJaques/Mole0:24:000:51:390:27:398
1675,10Belinda and AndyCC Curtis-Cody / Fuller 0:17:000:44:580:27:589
534,97Kirsten and ChrisGoodin/Smith0:10:000:38:020:28:0210
1460,74John,Terry,Rod,Peter Allen / Sutherland 0:16:000:44:100:28:1011Tandems
972,50Steptoe and son Whitcombe / Dowding 0:12:000:40:230:28:2312
1214, 100Brian and Stephen Brown / Sanders0:14:000:42:460:28:4613
632,29Truck n Trailer Haste / Baillie 0:09:000:38:020:29:0214
2148, 40Finn and Caleb Roberts / Roberts 0:20:000:49:400:29:4015Fastest Junior boys
1045,3Donna and Mark Burkhart / Jerling 0:11:000:40:420:29:4216
443,26John and David Murray / Howden 0:06:000:37:400:31:4017
123,22Brent and Jay Sowry / Sowry0:01:000:33:020:32:0218
257,78Karen and Sydney Blackburn / Blade  0:05:000:37:100:32:1019Fastest women
311, 0Free speed Speedy / McCallum0:03:000:37:270:34:2720Fastest Junior Girls
8156, 144Jaimie and Catherine Blackburn / Domanski 0:04:000:39:140:35:1421
765, 154Lucky A Didsbury/ Smith0:02:000:38:260:36:2622

Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes Line, GRR

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Thirty-eight riders presented themselves to compete over the circuit that started and finished in Francis Line. Riders were reminded that as this was a Graded Race, they could only race against the riders in their start group, if anyone dropped out of their bunch they were not permitted to work with any group they were caught by. The full length race was over two laps, 28 km in total and the short riders completed a single lap of the course.

Groups left at two minute intervals beginning with the riders allocated into A-Grade. Tonight, due to small numbers, this group was an amalgamation of two riders who are usually A-Grade (scratch) and four riders who usually ride as B-grade (or Break). Three of the B-Graders had an especially ‘hard day at the office’ as they were dropped by the pace set by the Scratch riders over the first rise on East Taratahi Road. At the conclusion of this race, the sprint was taken out by Derek Roberts, with both Eddy Kuipers and Peter James right on his wheel.

B-Grade left at 2 minutes and managed to stay together for the entire race, despite a number of unsuccessful attacks off the front by Andy Curtis-Cody. An impressive sprint split this bunch over the top of the final rise to the finish, and was taken out by Ricky Blade, with Bill van Woerkom close behind.

C-Grade, starting at 4 minutes was a slightly larger group which also managed to stay together for the entire race. In this grade the Robert’s boys appeared to be working as a team, so that as one attacked, the other would sit up and block at the front of the bunch. Approaching the finish Finn Roberts finally managed to break the elastic for an impressive sprint up the final hill to win with clear meters of road behind him. In this bunch Donna Burkhart succeeded in posting the fastest time over the course amongst the women.

D-Grade was another slightly larger bunch at the start, but this bunch dropped a couple of riders on the first circuit. Once again it was an impressive sprint finish from this bunch that was taken out by Greg Baillie with a couple of seconds back to the tandem of Rod Sutherland and Peter Jones. Great to see David Howden back on the start line again after some months away from racing.

Finally E-Grade were the short course riders who completed a single lap of the course. This bunch experienced some significant splits and time gaps as the lap proceeded. Once again Kate Speedy was impressive in her sprint to escape and take line honours from the other tandem ridden by Doug Maclachlan and Meri Murphy.

As always, many thanks to the Race Management team. Next week is a 2-up Time Trial up Matahiwi which could be used as a Hope Gibbons team time trial selection test. Yes, now is the time to test out the legs on the TT bikes – with as much ‘bling’ as you can muster!

Finally, well done to everyone who competed at the ACM hosted interclub race last Sunday. Congratulations to Derek Roberts, the overall winner of the series. Best wishes to those who are taking on the massive challenge that is ‘The Gentle Annie’ this weekend. If you are not going to ‘Gentle Annie’ you might want to sign yourself up for some fun and social games at the Bowling Club next Saturday 23rd March. See you all there!

A-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
946Derek Roberts0:00:000:45:000:45:001Fastest man
10101Eddy Kuipers0:00:000:45:000:45:002
1169Peter James0:00:000:45:010:45:013
12117Simon Butler0:00:000:47:410:47:414
1361Darren Southon0:00:000:47:420:47:425
2010Belinda Fuller0:00:000:49:180:49:186
B-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
1412Ricky Blade0:02:000:49:080:47:081
1534Bill van Woerkom0:02:000:49:080:47:082
1675Andy Curtis-Cody0:02:000:49:090:47:093
1796Andrew Linton0:02:000:49:130:47:134
1877Terry Blackburn0:02:000:49:170:47:175
19153Simon Mole0:02:000:49:180:47:186
C-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
2140Finn Roberts0:04:000:52:430:48:431
2250Earle Whitcombe0:04:000:52:460:48:462
23100Steve Brown0:04:000:52:480:48:483
2472Rex Dowding0:04:000:52:500:48:504
252Andi Bond0:04:000:52:520:48:525
2687Stephen Yeats0:04:000:52:530:48:536
2760John Allen0:04:000:52:540:48:547
2845Donna Burkhart0:04:000:52:570:48:578Fastest woman
2948Caleb Roberts0:04:000:53:030:49:039
D-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
3032Greg Baillie0:06:000:57:140:51:141
3174Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:06:000:57:170:51:172
3229Ray Haste0:06:000:57:170:51:173
333Mark Jerling0:06:000:57:280:51:284
3434Kirsten Goodin0:06:000:57:310:51:315
3521Anil Raman0:06:000:57:520:51:526
3619Duncan Ellis0:06:001:01:250:55:257
3757Karen Blade0:06:001:02:110:56:118
3826David Howden0:06:001:02:110:56:119
E-Grade
ShutenoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide Time
10Kate Speedy0:08:000:37:420:29:421
255Doug Maclachlan/Meri Murphy0:08:000:37:590:29:592
3156Jaimee Blackburn0:08:000:38:510:30:513
4154Jono Didsbury0:08:000:39:000:31:004
5144Katherine Domanski0:08:000:39:010:31:015
665Annabelle Smith0:08:000:39:350:31:356
762Lucy Stevens0:08:000:41:520:33:527
8v1Pru Hunter0:08:000:42:520:34:528

ACM hosted Interclub Road Race

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In the final Interclub Road Race for the 2019 season, 26 riders presented themselves to start in almost perfect race conditions. The course took riders out onto the Bideford Road, then into the Whangaehu Valley before they turned and completed the 60 km race at the top of the first hill on Bideford Road.

Martin Grundwell charged away from the start line and his fellow riders in limit. Ten minutes later the 5 riders in Break 2 began their chase up the valley, with Break, entirely made up of Athletics and Cycling Masterton riders began another five minutes later, and Scratch a further ten minutes afterwards. Break caught Break 2 on the climb after the Dreyers Road turn off on the way out and then worked together to catch limit. But it was only after the riders had turned left into Bideford Road did that this group managed to catch Martin, who had spent a long day time trialling. Scratch closed the gap significantly but were unable to catch the now large bunch comprised of Limited, Break 2 and Break.

Many thanks to all those involved with Race Management and for lunch back at the clubrooms after the racing had finished.

Full results are:

FinishRaceNameClubGenderHandicapRecordedActualTimeHRRTimeTotal 
PlaceNoTimeTimePlacePointsPointsPoints
1915FinnRobertsACMMD1:52:491:42:49162525
2914CalebRobertsACMMD1:53:051:43:05172424
3922SimonButlerACMMC1:53:141:38:1492323
4927AndrewLintonACMMC1:53:141:38:14102222
5904Belinda Fuller ACMFC1:53:151:38:15112121
6913LesleyMouatACMFC1:53:161:38:16122020
7912RexDowdingACMMD1:53:221:43:22181919
8919PeterJamesACMMC1:53:281:38:28131818
9928RickyBladeACMMc1:53:331:38:33141717
10924MartinCrundwellWMCCME1:53:381:53:38221616
11910davidhodderACMMD1:53:391:43:39191515
12908DiannaBormanKapitiFD1:53:411:43:41201414
13903MalcolmStandrillWMCCMD1:53:431:43:43211313
14917DarrenSouthonACMMC1:53:451:38:45151212
15923KirstenGoodinACMFE1:53:471:53:47231010
16916DerekRobertsACMMB1:56:121:31:1219514
17929SimonPumfreyACMMB1:56:211:31:2128412
18920KatieRichardsKapitiFB1:56:221:31:2237310
19905jasongestroKapitiMB1:56:221:31:224628
20930Stephen O’KeefeWMCCMB1:56:221:31:225516
21921PeterWilkinsonKapitiMB1:56:251:31:25644
22909Erikd’ArboisACMMB1:56:261:31:26733
23911TonyLevaggiKapitiMB1:56:331:31:33811
24906LeePownallKapitiMC2:09:231:54:232400
25907GregCundyKapitiMB2:11:381:56:382500
26926AnnabelleSmithACMFEDNFDNF0


Norfolk Road, MSRR

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Forty Two riders presented themselves to the Race Manager to contest a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, just as large raindrops began to fall, not that the riders noticed that. Most riders were too busy jostling for position in the peloton and attempting to hold the wheel of the rider in front, and react to surges in speed each time one of a small number of riders attacked trying break the elastic and form a break away. Those attacks came from Simon Pumfrey, Eddy Kuipers, Erik D’Arbois and Ben Knight. Each of the attacks was rapidly closed down so about seventeen riders hung onto wheels and prevent the breakaway all the way up to the turn at the top of Norfolk Road. One rider then lost a wheel close to the turn and another at the turn itself.

But for all the other riders the damage was well and truely done with those early surges in speed. As riders get dropped it is then a case of working out if you could find other riders to form bunches to work with or whether it is time to do some Individual Time Trial training, and settle into a solo effort for the duration of the race, and hope that you don’t get caught by anyone behind you!

It was fabulous to see that both junior boys – Finn and Caleb Roberts remained in that big bunch throughout the race, to finish high in the overall results. The only woman to stay in the front bunch and contest the sprint finish was Emily Lutyens. Congratulations to Derek Roberts who took out the sprint finish just ahead of Eddy Kuipers and Simon Pumfrey on the long course. The second woman to finish, Lesley Mouat, was one the riders to end up completing an ITT. Kirsten Goodin, third woman found herself working with a small bunch to finish a few minutes down on the lead group.

For the short course riders, (who turned at the one-lane bridge) contending a Mass Start in the midst of the long course riders was something of a novelty. In this race the Junior Girls were in good form. Sydney Blackburn cleverly managed to slide her way nicely into a bunch of long course riders and stayed with them on the way out, thus managing to ride away from all the other short course riders, who had positioned themselves further back at the start. Contesting second place in a sprint finish Kate Speedy just had the edge over Scarlett Freeman.

Commiserations and Chocolate Fish award tonight to Ben Knight who was comfortably in the front bunch when he experienced a mechanical issue. Ben stopped to try and sort this out, and then rode back mainly on the grass verge on a bike that sounded rather sick.

Once again, very many thanks to the race management team and to John and Deb Allen for after-match refuelling.

Next week is a Graded Road Race around the Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes line circuit.

PS. Don’t forget to put your entries in for Sunday’s ACM hosted Interclub race – on-line entries need to be in by Thursday. And also while you are on the website signing up to race – or offering to Marshall if you can’t race, the book yourself in for the joint social on 23rd March.

ShuteNoRiderRide Time
646Derek Roberts0:44:461st Man
7101Eddy Kuipers0:44:462nd Man
870Simon Pumfrey0:44:463rd Man
996Andrew Linton0:44:47
1012Ricky Blade0:44:47
1148Caleb Roberts0:44:471st Junior Boy
12147Johnny Burkhart0:44:47
1340Finn Roberts0:44:482nd Junior Boy
1461Darren Southon0:44:48
1589Emily Lutyens0:44:481st Woman
1673Erik D’Arbois0:44:48
17142Duncan Cameron0:44:49
1877Terry Blackburn0:44:49
19119Jeff Saywell0:44:55
225Lesley Mouat0:47:522nd Woman
2372Rex Dowding0:49:28
242Andi Bond0:50:46
2560John Allen/Donna Burkhart0:50:46
2634Kirsten Goodin0:50:593rd Woman
2749Graeme Twist0:52:19
2832Greg Baillie0:52:19
2921Anil Raman0:52:20
3029Ray Haste0:52:20
3119Duncan Ellis0:52:20
3231Jenny Devenport0:52:21
333Mark Jerling0:52:21
3487Stephen Yeats0:52:21
3550Earle Whitcombe0:52:23
3613Ben Knight0:57:29
3722Mike Parker0:57:31
3874Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:57:34
3985Viv Bunny0:57:43
4017Stan Braaksma0:58:32
2092Phil SutherlandDQ crossed centre line
Short course
ShuteNoRiderRide Time
178Sydney Blackburn0:37:321st Junior Girl
20Kate Speedy0:39:262nd Junior Girl
311Scarlett Freeman0:39:313rd Junior Girl
4159Judy Brown0:40:31
5144Katherine Domanski0:43:05
2171Bruce McCallum0:46:49
4157Karen BladeDNF
4265Annabelle SmithDNF