Gladstone to Mahupuku Road to Kourarau HRR

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Tonight’s offering of a 35 km Handicapped Race that began at Gladstone Church, raced south to Mahupuku Road and then turned to head north and finish at the top of the iconic Kourarau Climb attracted 44 riders. This is a demanding course that required each of the handicapped bunches to work well together over the predominantly flat and fast beginning of the course. Then it also required enough energy to be left in the tank to enable a steady but rapid climb of approximately 6 km right from the bottom to the top of the Kourarau Hill Road.

The results show that riders experienced mixed fortunes in each of the bunches. Even though Limit, and Break 2 started as the largest bunches, the Kourarau climb broke them to bits. In fact across all the start groups Kourarau was the decisive element with only a few riders able to hang onto each other’s wheels and work together on the climb. So the riders who were most successful were those with strength to ride fast on the flat, but also great hill climbing ability, combined with some grit and determination.

Congratulations tonight to Finn Roberts who started in Break 2 and managed to ride away from his bunch and catch all the riders from Limit who started 4 minutes in front of him to win the handicap race overall and be the fastest Junior Boy to complete the long course. Kirsten Goodin was the first woman to finish tonight. Ben Knight, starting in Scratch, demonstrated all the skills of strength, speed and climbing ability to be the fastest man tonight. Belinda Fuller, starting in Break was the fastest woman. Congratulations to Sydney Blackburn who out-sprinted Kate Speedy to take line honours in the short course race. I believe congratulations are due to every rider who managed to complete the course tonight, that was one massive effort by every rider.

As always, many thanks to Brent our Race Manager, and all the marshals who looked after us so well once again. Next week we return to a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, starting at the Waingawa Industrial Estate.

Full results from tonight can be found below. Finally a reminder to everyone to get your entries in for both the ACM hosted inter club which will be held on Sunday 17th March, and also to our joint social function to be held on Saturday, 23rd March.

ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRide Time
940Finn Roberts0:04:001:15:251:11:251st & 1st Junior
1048Caleb Roberts0:00:001:15:561:15:56
1172Rex Dowding0:04:001:16:031:12:03
1234Kirsten Goodin0:00:001:16:171:16:171st Woman
1387Stephen Yeats0:04:001:16:361:12:36
1416Julie Millar0:00:001:16:381:16:38
1560John Allen0:04:001:17:071:13:07
16100Steve Brown0:04:001:17:481:13:48
1776Peter Lee0:04:001:18:411:14:41
1818Dave Drummond0:13:001:18:491:05:49
19153Simon Mole0:09:001:19:041:10:04
205Lesley Mouat0:09:001:19:101:10:10
2113Ben Knight0:17:001:19:201:02:20Fastest Man
2270Simon Pumfrey0:17:001:19:481:02:48
2377Terry Blackburn0:09:001:20:001:11:00
2450Earle Whitcombe0:04:001:20:021:16:02
2521Anil Raman0:00:001:20:191:20:19
2645Donna Burkhart0:04:001:20:281:16:28
2751Dave Hodder0:00:001:20:491:20:49
2836Devan Simmonds0:13:001:21:051:08:05
2910Belinda Fuller0:13:001:21:071:08:07Fastest Woman
3043John Murray0:00:001:21:461:21:46
31117Simon Butler0:13:001:21:501:08:50
3246Derek Roberts0:17:001:21:571:04:57
332Andi Bond0:04:001:22:071:18:07
3419Duncan Ellis0:00:001:22:231:22:23
35119Jeff Saywell0:17:001:22:311:05:31
363Mark Jerling0:00:001:22:541:22:54
3785Viv Bunny0:00:001:22:551:22:55
3831Jenny Devenport0:00:001:22:561:22:56
3969Pete James0:09:001:24:191:15:19
4012Ricky Blade0:09:001:24:201:15:20
4173Erik D’Arbois0:17:001:29:111:12:11
4257Karen Blade0:00:001:33:461:33:46
4375Andrew Curtis-Cody0:09:00DNFDNF
4417Stan Braaksma0:00:00DNFDNF
Short course
ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRide Time
178Sydney Blackburn0:18:000:54:400:36:401st Junior Girl
20Kate Speedy0:18:000:54:410:36:41
3154Jono Didsbury0:18:000:58:040:40:04
4156Jaimee Blackburn0:18:001:00:060:42:06
565Annabelle Smith0:18:001:02:080:44:08
6144Katherine Domanski0:18:001:02:240:44:24
771Bruce McCallum0:18:001:03:580:45:58
874Rod Sutherland0:18:001:13:550:55:55

Bideford Road, HRR

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Tonight was billed as a 30 km Handicapped Road Race starting at the Whangehu Hall, riding north towards Bideford turning and racing back towards the start. As a handicapped road race, bunches try to work together as a team to catch any riders in front of them and stay away from riders behind. Over this particular course, keeping your start bunch together always proves to be a challenge due to the lumpy nature of the terrain and tonight’s results reflect that. Some of the riders from Break 2 were successful in the aim of catching the bunch in front whilst remaining elusive from the chasing riders behind.

Congratulations tonight go primarily to junior members of the club. Firstly, to Finn Roberts riding the long course who out-sprinted one of best sprinters in the club to win the long course race. Congratulations also to Kate Speedy, who once again lived up to her name to win the short course in a sprint finish against Jono Didsbury. On the long course, Ben Knight was the fastest man and Lesley Mouat first and fastest woman.

Unfortunately, tonight’s results also reflect that there was a coming together of a couple of cyclists in Break on a fast downhill section of the course, which resulted in a nasty crash. All the remaining riders from this bunch and also those from scratch stopped to render assistance to the injured riders, and did not then complete the remainder of the course. All these riders have been given an adjusted time. No-one ever plans to crash but when this does happen every one of us feels very grateful for the rapid and professional assistance that is given by the ambulance and emergency department of our hospital. Crashes such as the one this evening, rattle the rest of us, and remind us that there is much more to life than winning a club race. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our injured riders, and thanks to those who stopped to help.

As always thanks to our Race Manager, who had an especially busy evening, to all the marshals, and also to those who fed us afterwards. Next week is a handicapped race starting and Gladstone church, racing south before the return to finish up Admiral hill. Full, and adjusted results for tonight are below:

Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
640Finn Roberts0:04:001:02:110:58:11Winner
712Ricky Blade0:04:001:02:130:58:13
872Rex Dowding0:04:001:02:130:58:13
976Peter Lee0:04:001:02:190:58:19
1060John Allen0:04:001:02:510:58:51
11100Steve Brown0:04:001:02:530:58:53
1243John Murray0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1381Jorge Sandoval0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1451David Hodder0:00:001:03:441:03:44
1529Ray Haste0:00:001:03:491:03:49
1632Greg Baillie0:00:001:05:011:05:01
17153Simon Mole0:09:001:05:420:56:42
185Lesley Mouat0:09:001:05:430:56:431st & fastest woman
1969Peter James0:09:001:05:570:56:57
2075Andy Curtis-Cody0:09:001:06:050:57:05
2121Anil Raman0:00:001:07:151:07:15
2216Julie Millar0:00:001:07:181:07:18
2345Donna Burkhart0:04:001:08:341:04:34
242Andi Bond0:04:001:08:361:04:36
2513Ben Knight0:17:001:08:490:51:49Fastest man
2670Simon Pumfrey0:17:001:08:490:51:49
2785Viv Bunny0:00:001:09:011:09:01
2859Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:09:021:09:02
2957Karen Blade0:00:001:09:021:09:02
3031Jenny Devenport0:00:001:09:091:09:09
3173Erik D’Arbois0:17:001:13:240:56:24
3261Darren Southon0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3310Belinda Fuller0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3444Craig Mangin0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
35117Simon Butler0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3696Andrew Linton0:09:00DNFDNFwithdrawn
3736Devan Simmonds0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
38101Eddie Kuipers0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
39119Jeff Saywell0:17:00DNFDNFPunture
4089Emily Lutyens0:09:00DNFDNFWithdrawn
4190Mark Langlands/Peter Jones0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
4241Gareth Price0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
433Mark Jerling0:00:00DNFDNFPuncture
Short Course
Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
10Kate Speedy0:18:000:41:310:23:31winner short course
2154Jono Didsbury0:18:000:41:320:23:321st Junior boy
326David Howden0:18:000:41:360:23:36
465Annabelle Smith0:18:000:43:110:25:11
562Lucy Stevens0:18:001:01:000:43:00

Club Championship Hill Climb

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The Hill Climb Championships, the final Club Championship race for the season, is also the shortest race of our cycle season, contested as an individual time trial over a mere 6.5 km from the bottom of Admiral hill to the first summit. Being the shortest race does not make it the easiest by any matter of means and this is traditionally the race on the calendar that is well and truly oversubscribed by volunteers offering to marshall rather than race. As with other club Championship events, in addition to those who are contesting the ‘Open Championships’, many turn up to race against those in their age group.

Starting at 30 second intervals riders find the hill starts off innocuously enough with a bit of false flat, but as soon as you round the first bend the gradient increases and you know that you have to find a good cadence and settle into your effort. The first steeper pitch takes you around the hairpin bend and if you are wise you find a good line not too far left where the gradient is not quite so steep. There is a slight lessening of gradient shortly afterwards, but you have yet to face ‘the wall’. ‘The wall’ is the steepest section of the climb at a gradient of up to 13% for about half a km. This is a ‘stand up, sit down, stand up again’ kind of gradient, that is just plain hard graft to get up. Everyone’s legs do some screaming as they fill up with lactic acid on this part of the climb. Even the best climbers find it hard to ‘dance on the peddles’ up this section. There is some respite once you crest the top of the wall, with chance to catch your breath and increase the cadence once again as the hill flattens then tilts down briefly before the gradient pitches upwards once more. But now you know that the worst is over and it’s just a matter of survival and maintaining the effort for a few minutes more before the final sprint that expends every last ounce of energy, to finish with nothing left in the tank.

The open championships in both the men’s and women’s races where hotly contested with a matter of only a few seconds separating riders. Congratulations, mountain goat awards and bragging rights for the next year go to

Mark Langlands          (men’s champion for the 6thyear in succession) 

Ben Knight                  2ndman

Simon Pumfrey           3rdman

Belinda Fuller              women’s champion 

Lesley Mouat             2ndwoman

Emily Lutyens              3rdwoman

Congratulations also to our junior champions, especially those for whom this was their first attempt at Admiral hill:

Finn Roberts                1stU 17 boy

Caleb Roberts              1stU 15 boy

Sydney Blackburn       1stU 19 girl

Annabelle Smith         1stU 17 girl

Kate Speedy               1stU 15 girl

Thanks to race manager and marshalls again this evening. Next week is a handicapped road race using an out and back course on Bideford Road. 

Provisional Full Results:

NoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
90Mark Langlands0:25:000:42:230:17:23Champion man
13Ben Knight0:24:300:42:210:17:512nd man
70Simon Pumfrey0:22:300:41:070:18:373rd man
119Jeff Saywell0:22:000:40:530:18:53
18Dave Drummond0:20:000:39:190:19:19
142Duncan Cameron0:17:300:37:190:19:49
46Derek Roberts0:23:000:42:540:19:54
147Johnny Burkhart0:07:000:27:310:20:31
44Craig Mangin0:21:300:42:010:20:31
101Eddy Kuipers0:24:000:44:320:20:32
73Erik D’Arbois0:23:300:44:090:20:39
92Phil Sutherland0:19:000:40:150:21:15
5Belinda Fuller0:09:000:30:170:21:17Champion woman
10Lesley Mouat0:09:300:30:510:21:212nd woman
41Gareth Price0:19:300:41:030:21:33
153Simon Mole0:16:000:37:490:21:49
36Devan Simmonds0:21:000:43:430:22:43
61Darren Southon0:07:300:30:270:22:57
96Andrew Linton0:18:300:41:300:23:00
76Peter Lee0:11:000:34:120:23:12
12Ricky Blade0:14:300:37:460:23:16
77Terry Blackburn0:16:300:39:510:23:21
117Simon Butler0:20:300:44:050:23:35
40Finn Roberts0:10:300:34:110:23:411st U 17 boy
89Emily Lutyens0:08:300:32:200:23:503rd Woman
87Stephen Yeats0:11:300:35:270:23:57
60John Allen0:15:300:39:280:23:58
48Caleb Roberts0:13:000:37:070:24:071st U 15 Boy
72Rex Dowding0:12:300:36:430:24:13
75Andy Curtis-Cody0:18:000:42:170:24:17
100Steve Brown0:14:000:38:200:24:20
24Bill Van Woerkom0:17:000:41:270:24:27
14Brian Sanders0:15:000:39:400:24:40
33Steve Hannam0:12:000:37:310:25:31
34Kirsten Goodin0:08:000:33:570:25:57
51David Hodder0:05:000:32:060:27:06
2Andi Bond0:13:300:41:280:27:58
21Anil Raman0:06:000:34:260:28:26
19Duncan Ellis0:06:300:35:290:28:59
85Viv Bunny0:03:300:33:170:29:47
Kate Speedy0:02:300:32:190:29:491st U 15 Girl
22Mike Parker0:04:000:34:150:30:15
43John Murray0:10:000:40:460:30:46
78Sydney Blackburn0:04:300:35:420:31:121st U 19 Girl
57Karen Blade0:03:000:35:430:32:43
154Jono Didsbury0:01:000:34:060:33:06
3Mark Jerling0:05:300:40:500:35:20
65Annabelle Smith0:01:300:44:080:42:381st U 17 Girl
62Lucy Stevens0:02:00DNFDNF

Upper Plain Circuit HRR

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Tonight 47 riders presented themselves to start a Handicapped Road Race around the twists and turns of the Upper Plain Circuit. This circuit has some sharp turns that test the legs of everyone, especially those who find themselves at the back of each bunch immediately after each turn. The bunch slows up on the approach to a turn, and as the first riders through the turn peddle strongly out of the turn, this stretches the length of the bunch – a bit like a bungee cord. For the unwary or those who don’t have great legs on the night, the bungee cord effect can result in a split in the bunch or weaker riders disappearing out the back door, not to be seen again until the finish. Another potential challenge on this circuit is the need to give way to other road users, as on four of the turns riders do not have right of way. At least two of the bunches tonight were stopped multiple times during the course of the three laps covered. The final challenge for each bunch this evening was the slight westerly breeze that meant that even when riders survived the twists and turns from Ngamatawa Road through to Chamberlain Road, upon turning into Upper Plain Road to head towards Skeets they encountered the uncomfortable sensation of grovelling into headwind along false flat, on energy sapping road. Overall, one might argue this is not a favourite course for the lightweight hill climbers, but is eagerly anticipated by our strongest riders and especially the sprinters.

In an ideally handicapped road race, every rider will reach the finish line at precisely the same time. So firstly congratulations to our handicapper who managed to set the groups and time gaps so that the first three groups crossed the finish line no more than 30 seconds between them. ‘Break 2’, although slightly disappointed not to have caught the front two bunches before the finish, were very happy to hold off ‘Break’, who were equally pleased to stay away from ‘Scratch’, even if only by a matter of a few seconds.

Overall line honours for the long course race went to Donna Burkhart in a sprint finish with Greg Baillie close behind. Caleb Roberts also featured in that bunch sprint as the first and fastest Junior Boy. Johnny Burkhart was the fastest man, and Emily Lutyens was the fastest woman.

In the short course, line honours went to Doug Machlachlan, closely followed by Kate Speedy in her first race with ACM. She also takes out line honours for the first and fastest junior girl.

As always, thanks to everyone who managed and marshalled our race tonight and also to Mark Jerling for hosting the after match BBQ.

Next week is the shortest race on our annual calendar and final of our Club Championship Races – the hill climb up Admiral Hill.

ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
445Donna Burkhart0:03:000:59:080:56:081st HRR
532Greg Baillie0:00:000:59:090:59:09
62Andi Bond0:03:000:59:090:56:09
733Steve Hannam0:03:000:59:090:56:09
860John Allen0:03:000:59:100:56:10
981Jorge Sandoval0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1029Ray Haste0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1148Caleb Roberts0:03:000:59:100:56:101st Junior Boy
1243John Murray0:00:000:59:120:59:12
1334Kirsten Goodin0:03:000:59:130:56:13
1451David Hodder0:00:000:59:140:59:14
1522Mike Parker0:00:000:59:150:59:15
16100Stephen Brown0:03:000:59:170:56:17
1787Steven Yeats0:03:000:59:170:56:17
183Mark Jerling0:00:000:59:190:59:19
1919Duncan Ellis0:00:000:59:200:59:20
2096Andrew Linton0:06:000:59:210:53:21
21142Duncan Cameron0:06:000:59:220:53:22
2289Emily Lutyens0:06:000:59:230:53:23Fastest Woman
2377Terry Blackburn0:06:000:59:230:53:23
2427Daniel Jaques0:06:000:59:300:53:30
25153Simon Mole0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2675Andy Curtis-Cody0:06:000:59:300:53:30
275Lesley Mouat0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2812Ricky Blade0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2950Earle Whitcombe0:03:000:59:300:56:30
30117Simon Butler0:10:001:00:260:50:26
3192Phil Sutherland0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3241Gareth Price0:10:001:01:050:51:05
33101Eddy Kuipers0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3418Dave Drummond0:10:001:01:050:51:05
35118Derek Cox/Peter Jones0:10:001:01:060:51:06
3769Peter James0:10:001:01:300:51:30
38147Johnny Burkhart0:12:001:01:570:49:57Fastest Man
3946Derek Roberts0:12:001:01:580:49:58
4073Erik d’Arbois0:12:001:02:000:50:00
4113Ben Knight0:12:001:02:030:50:03
421Tom McCallum0:12:001:02:040:50:04
4359Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4457Karen Blade0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4672Rex Dowding0:03:00DNFDNF
4740Finn Roberts0:03:00DNFDNF
Short course
ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
155Doug Maclachlan0:04:000:50:270:46:27
2V1Kate Speedy0:04:000:50:300:46:301st Junior girl
3144Katherine Domanski0:04:000:54:190:50:19
36156Jaimee Blackburn0:04:001:01:200:57:20
4598Penny Walker0:04:001:11:381:07:38

Club Champs Road Race

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Club Championship Road Races offer riders the ultimate opportunity for bragging rights for the next 12 months, so are hotly contested. As riders are contesting age group categories as well as the overall open championship, these races involve ‘races within the race’. Tonight, true to his word, Simon Pumfrey attacked out of the first corner at Gladstone Church with Jeff Saywell on his wheel. The peloton did not react immediately to this attack and made their way up towards Carter’s Line at a reasonably comfortable pace. However as soon as the raced turned left onto Carter’s Line, the westerly wind came into play, the pressure was on which was instantly evident in the single line of riders hard up against the grass verge. At least one rider was observed to do some ‘grass tracking’ at this stage, but managed to stay both upright and in the bunch. It was not long before the pressure caused a number of splits in the bunch. Riders who were feeling strong and who had positioned themselves well survived to ride away from those who were further back, getting caught out by the opening gaps.

Eventually, Mark Langlands decided the moment had arrived to cross the gap to the two riders up the road in the breakaway. Ben Knight and Johnny Burkhart attempted to go with him, but Mark’s attack was decisive and he was the only rider who succeeded in crossing the gap to Simon and Jeff.

The women had also started in the same mass start as the men, so their race was about who would be strong enough to stay as close to the front of the race as possible. Tonight, despite her brief ‘grass tracking’ on Carter’s line it was Belinda Fuller who proved herself as she stayed with the main peloton for the whole race. Emily Lutyens was also riding strongly this evening. She had to work really hard to stay with her bunch over the Miller’s Road climb, but soon recovered and was able to sprint strongly against other riders in her bunch. Kirsten Goodin was also riding strongly tonight, but was caught out behind the splits caused by the wind, so most of her race was with a small bunch of riders. She too, was able to sprint strongly at the finish line.

The juniors tonight found the going quite tough. Even the short distance riders were competing over a longer distance than they usually cover, so they are all to be congratulated for their persistence and determination.

Chocolate fish stories tonight go to a rider who forgot to charge the DI2 (electronic gears), so discovered she only had 1 gear – oops. Another rider went off course, as she didn’t realise the Marshall at Millers Road was trying to get her to turn left. She went right and had almost reached Martinborough before the Marshall found her and gave her a lift back to the start/finish line. Then there is the rider who turned up without a cycle jersey, so went raiding to find required cycle kit prior to the start – he might owe Andy CC more than just thanks for preserving his modesty!

When all is said and done, however, tonight is one of congratulations:

Men’s Champion: Mark Langlands; 2nd Simon Pumfrey; 3rd Jeff Saywell.

Women’s Champion: Belinda Fuller; 2nd Emily Lutyens; 3rd Kirsten Goodin.

Under 17 Boy’s Champion: Finn Roberts

Under 15 Boy’s Champion: Jono Didsbury

Under 17 Girl’s Champion: Annabelle Smith

Under 15 Girls Champion: Lucy Stevens

Many thanks to our race team who looked after us yet again and also to Di Dowding for cooking our BBQ. Next week is over the Manaia/ Skeets Road Circuit, with the start and finish on Upper Manaia Road.

ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide timePlace
790Mark Langlands0:00:001:33:541:33:54Men’s Champion
870Simon Pumfrey0:00:001:33:541:33:542nd man
9119Jeff Saywell0:00:001:34:071:34:073rd man
1013Ben Knight0:00:001:37:231:37:23
11147Johnny Burkhart0:00:001:38:091:38:09
12101Eddy Kuipers0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1361Darren Southon0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1436Devan Simmonds0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1573Erik D’Arbois0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1696Andrew Linton0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1718Dave Drummond0:00:001:38:111:38:11
18142Duncan Cameron0:00:001:38:111:38:11
1977Terry Blackburn0:00:001:38:111:38:11
2010Belinda Fuller0:00:001:38:111:38:11Women’s Champion
21117Simon Butler0:00:001:38:211:38:21
2269Peter James0:00:001:41:171:41:17
2379Bill van Woerkom0:00:001:43:341:43:34
2427Daniel Jaques0:00:001:43:351:43:35
2589Emily Lutyens0:00:001:43:361:43:362nd woman
2672Rex Dowding0:00:001:43:371:43:37
2712Ricky Blade0:00:001:43:381:43:38
284Dean Southey0:00:001:43:391:43:39
2975Andy Curtis-Cody0:00:001:44:321:44:32
3050Earle Whitcombe0:00:001:48:441:48:44
3134Kirsten Goodin0:00:001:48:451:48:453rd woman
3260John Allen0:00:001:48:451:48:45
335Lesley Mouat0:00:001:48:451:48:45
3433Steve Hannam0:00:001:48:461:48:46
3576Peter Lee0:00:001:48:471:48:47
3689Steven Yeats0:00:001:51:461:51:46
3716Julie Millar0:00:001:51:471:51:47
3840Finn Roberts0:00:001:51:521:51:521st U17 Boy
3914Brian Sanders0:00:001:53:031:53:03
4032Greg Baillie0:00:001:55:071:55:07
4129Ray Haste0:00:001:55:521:55:52
4274Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:00:001:55:531:55:53Tandem
4321Anil Raman0:00:001:55:551:55:55
442Andi Bond0:00:002:01:422:01:42
4549Graeme Twist0:00:002:04:202:04:20
4685Viv Bunny0:00:002:04:202:04:20
473Mark Jerling0:00:002:04:212:04:21
17Stan Braaksma0:00:00DNFDNF
78Sydney Blackburn0:00:00DNFDNF
45Donna Burkhart0:00:00DNFDNF
Short Course
ShuteNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide timePlace
171Bruce McCallum0:01:001:13:521:12:52
2154Jono Didsbury0:01:001:14:421:13:421st U 15 boy
365Annabelle Smith0:01:001:17:541:16:541st U 17 girl
4Pru Hunter0:01:001:20:241:19:24
562Lucy Stevens0:01:001:28:021:27:021st U 15 girl
6144Katherine Domanski0:01:001:28:041:27:04

Carrington Circuit GRR

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On a very warm summer evening tonight’s Graded Road Race attracted 42 riders over the Carrington Circuit. This circuit is ideally suited to powerful riders who can muscle their way over the Carrington Climb then apply the pressure on their competitors through the fast flowing downhill section followed by Haringa Road. Not many cyclists like racing Haringa Road as it is false flat, and a road that always seems to sap the energy. It is sealed with rough chip and inevitably you find yourself struggling into a head or cross-cutter head wind from the start to finish of it. The overall circuit is 12 kms in length. Tonight A, B and C Grade raced over 3 1/2 laps. D and E Grade raced over 2 1/2 laps and the short course raced over 1 1/2 laps. The combination of the tough circuit, warm and breezy weather conditions and sheer intensity of the racing led to a number of riders sliding out the back of their race bunch.

In A-Grade the pace was high right from the start. On the final lap a couple of riders attempted to escape off the front, but Mark Langlands waited patiently and timed his final effort to perfection to cross the line in first place once again.

B-Grade takes out the prize (probably chocolate fish!) for the number of punctures -3 between them, two for the Tandem ridden by Derek Cox and Peter Jones – one just prior to the start, and the second on their first lap (definitely chocolate fish territory). The third puncture, again early in the race was experienced by Phil Sutherland. The winner of B-Grade is Devan Simmonds, who also bided his time and measured that effort up the final climb to create a gap from his nearest rival.

Some of the C-Grade riders where finding the going hot and tough right from the first climb, and were having to use downhill skills to re-connect with their bunch after the climb. In this Grade Gareth Price attacked between Haringa Road and the Carrington climb. He got away with it …. just as the gap was being closed very rapidly by Belinda Fuller. If the checkered flag had been 10 metres further up the road, it would have been a different story!

D-Grade was also strongly contested and was another of the grades where the race split to pieces on the first climb. In this Grade John Allen proved to be the strongest rider, followed by Earle Whitcombe and Julie Millar close on his heals.

The battle of the final climb in E-Grade took place between Kirsten Goodin, Greg Baillie, David Hodder and Stephen Yeats, with a handful of seconds between all of them, Kirsten was the victor on this occasion.

On the short course special mention has to go the Caleb and Finn Roberts who both took off from the start and raced away from their bunch leading to a significant time gap from the rest of their grade. Congratulations to Caleb who showed a clean pair of heals to his brother, in an impressive sprint up the climb at the end of his race. Jaimee Blackburn made the final climb a lot harder than it needed to be, as she only realised once she had finished she was still in the big chainring – Oops – (that probably earns a chocolate fish too!)

Thanks to Dave Hodder for the after match refuelling opportunity and as always to the race management team who look after us each time we race.

Next Week is the 3rd of our Club Championship’s – the Road Race which will be contested over the Millers Road Circuit – note it is beginning at Parkvale Hall and finishes in Tiffin Road! Let’s see if we can have a good turnout of as many of you as possible to make the one interesting – remember that it is races within races – as you will be contesting your age group championship not just for the overall open championships.

Full results from tonight are:

A – Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
1990Mark Langlands0:01:001:08:421:07:421
20147Johnny Burkhart0:01:001:08:451:07:452
21119Jeff Saywell0:01:001:08:471:07:473
2213Ben Knight0:01:001:08:561:07:564
2370Simon Pumfrey0:01:001:09:031:08:035
2446Derek Roberts0:01:001:09:041:08:046
2918Dave Drummond0:01:001:14:261:13:267
B- Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
3036Devan Simmonds0:02:001:14:301:12:301
3173Erik D’arbois0:02:001:14:511:12:512
32117Simon Butler0:02:001:18:511:16:513
38155Andrew Osmond0:02:001:20:291:18:294
3992Phil Sutherland0:02:00DNF
4061Darren Southon0:02:00DNF
41116Derek Cox/Peter Jones0:02:00DNF
C-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
3341Gareth Price0:03:001:19:121:16:121
3410Belinda Fuller0:03:001:19:131:16:132
3577Terry Blackburn0:03:001:19:411:16:413
3696Andrew Linton0:03:001:19:561:16:564
374Deane Southey0:03:001:20:141:17:145
D-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
760John Allen0:04:001:01:210:57:211
850Earle Whitcombe0:04:001:01:540:57:542
916Julie Millar0:04:001:02:020:58:023
102Andi Bond0:04:001:04:371:00:374
1333Steve Hannam0:04:001:04:531:00:535
1622Mike Parker0:04:001:05:231:01:236
E-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
1134Kirsten Goodin0:05:001:04:430:59:431
1232Greg Baillie0:05:001:04:480:59:482
1451David Hodder0:05:001:04:540:59:543
15Stephen Yeats0:05:001:04:570:59:574
1721Aniil Raman0:05:001:06:501:01:505
1819Duncan Ellis0:05:001:07:031:02:036
2549Graeme Twist0:05:001:10:181:05:187
2631Jenny Devenport0:05:001:11:311:06:318
273Mark Jerling0:05:001:12:231:07:239
2857Karen Blade0:05:001:13:061:08:0610
78Sydney Blackburn0:05:00DNF
Short Course
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
148Caleb Roberts0:06:000:44:070:38:071
240Finn Roberts0:06:000:44:180:38:182
4156Jaimee Blackburn0:06:000:52:450:46:453
571Bruce McCallum0:06:000:53:100:47:104
6157Kate Port0:06:000:53:320:47:325
65Annabelle Smith0:06:00DNF

Individual Time Trial Championship – provisional result

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The Club Championship Individual Time Trial is often viewed as the ultimate ‘race of truth’. It is you and your bike all by yourself, no drafting allowed, for 40 kms of maximum effort. Add into that warm evening with a blustery North West wind, about 350m of ‘up’ and everyone knows there is nothing easy about it. The science of time trialling well is to ride powerfully and as aerodynamically efficiently as possible. The art of time trialling well is the ability to manage your effort and energy, so that you can ride powerfully for the whole distance, but have absolutely nothing left in the tank as you cross the finish line. Ben Knight is the club member who regularly role models both the science and art of the time trial and tonight he was the only rider to crack the hour mark.

Provisional Results tonight in the men’s race:

Champion: Ben Knight; with Derek Roberts 2nd and Dave Drummond 3rd.

Provisional Results in the women’s race

Champion: Belinda Fuller, with Lesley Mouat 2nd and Viv Bunny 3rd.

Provisional Results for the Juniors:

1st Under 15 Boy: Caleb Roberts

1st Under 17 Boy: Finn Roberts

1st Under 17 Girl: Annabelle Smith

Thanks to our race officials and marshals tonight. Next Tuesday is the Carrington Circuit for a Handicapped Road Race. This Sunday is also the first of the Wellington Region Interclub Races and details for this can be found at:

https://www.wmcc.net.nz/Enter-a-…/Interclub-Race-1-27-Jan-19

Full (provisional) results for tonight are:

OrderRace NoRiderStartFinishRide Time
713Ben Knight0:19:301:18:330:59:03Champion Man
1146Derek Roberts0:18:301:19:511:01:212nd Man
1218Dave Drummond0:17:301:20:041:02:343rd Man
1670 Simon Pumfrey0:18:001:20:461:02:46
627Daniel Jaques0:09:001:13:131:04:13
13117Simon Butler0:15:001:20:191:05:19
27147Johnny Burkhart0:19:001:25:001:06:00
941Gareth Price0:13:001:19:251:06:25
824Billy Van Woerkom0:12:001:18:341:06:34
2361Darren Southon0:16:001:23:101:07:10
25101Eddie Kuipers0:17:001:24:291:07:29
14142Duncan Cameron0:12:301:20:211:07:51
1764Phil Sutherland0:14:301:22:421:08:12
2110Belinda Fuller0:14:001:22:501:08:50Champion Woman
1072Rex Dowding0:09:301:19:261:09:56
3044Craig Mangan0:15:301:25:351:10:05
18153Simon Mole0:11:301:22:431:11:13
265Lesley Mouat0:13:301:24:581:11:282nd Woman
2414Brian Sanders0:10:301:23:321:13:02
3797Chris Smith0:16:301:30:021:13:32
2960John Allen0:11:001:25:071:14:07
19129Ray Haste0:08:001:22:481:14:48
1574Rod Sutherland, Peter Jones0:05:001:20:411:15:41
282Andi Bond0:08:301:25:041:16:34
3533Steve Hannam0:10:001:27:121:17:12
2232Greg Baillie0:05:301:22:531:17:23
3321Anil Raman0:07:001:25:471:18:47
20Mike Parker0:04:001:22:491:18:49
3451Dave Hodder0:06:301:27:061:20:36
3249Graeme Twist0:04:301:25:371:21:07
3619Duncan Ellis0:07:301:28:591:21:29
3185Viv Bunny0:03:301:25:371:22:073rd Woman
3817Stan Braaksma0:06:001:30:311:24:31
3950Earle Whitcombe0:03:00DNF
Short Course
OrderRace NoRiderStartFinishRide Time
148Caleb Roberts0:02:300:29:050:26:351st Under 15 Boy
240Finn Roberts0:02:000:29:520:27:521st Under 17 Boy
355Doug Maclachlan, Meri Murphy0:01:300:31:380:30:08
465Annabelle Smith0:00:300:34:530:34:231st Under 17 Girl
598Penny Walker0:01:000:41:120:40:12

Wainuioru to Te Wharau GRR

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The first club race for 2019 attracted 45 entrants over 5 grades in great weather conditions for racing. Grades left a one minute intervals starting with A Grade. As usual the goal in a Graded Road Race is to work out how to beat all the riders in your start group. This is never an easy task, and can be particularly difficult after the Christmas/New Year break from racing and for some of us the seasonal over-indulgences.

The out and back course proved, once again, to be a challenging. It is a course that includes some sweeping fast down hill sections that then become quite difficult steep climbs on the return journey. The large number of riders who failed to complete their entire course, thus returning, Did Not Finish (DNF) in their results bears witness to how hard it was out there tonight.

Congratulations tonight go to:

A Grade – Mark Langlands

B Grade – Phil Sutherland

C Grade – Duncan Cameron with Belinda Fuller Fastest woman on the night

D Grade – Daniel Jaques, with Emily Lutyens close behind

E Grade – Jorge Sandoval

Short course – Scarlett Freeman followed closely by Jaimee Blackburn

As always, many thanks to our race officials and those in charge of the BBQ.

A Grade
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
990Mark Langlands0:00:001:18:231:18:23
1070Simon Pumfrey0:00:001:18:241:18:24
14119Jeff Saywell0:00:001:23:551:23:55
1113Ben Knight0:00:001:26:001:26:00
16147Johnny Burkhart0:00:001:28:241:28:24
13Vistor 1Jonathan Leonnard0:00:00DNFDNF
1546Derek Roberts0:00:00DNFDNF
B Grade
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
1792Phil Sutherland0:01:001:28:591:27:59
1869Peter James0:01:001:28:591:27:59
2144Craig Mangin0:01:001:29:021:28:02
2218Dave Drummond0:01:001:29:031:28:03
25117Simon Butler0:01:001:31:021:30:02
3061Darren Southon0:01:001:34:271:33:27
C Grade
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
19142Duncan Cameron0:02:001:29:001:27:00
2041Gareth Price0:02:001:29:011:27:01
2675Andy Curtis-Cody0:02:001:33:241:31:24
2710Belinda Fuller0:02:001:33:241:31:24
2877Terry Blackburn0:02:001:34:211:32:21
2936Devan Simmonds, Peter Jones0:02:001:34:271:32:27
3612Ricky Blade0:02:001:37:051:35:05
D Grade
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
3127Daniel Jaques0:03:001:36:531:33:53
3289Emily Lutyens0:03:001:36:551:33:55
3314Brian Sanders0:03:001:36:551:33:55
3450Earle Whitcombe0:03:001:36:571:33:57
354Dean Southey0:03:001:37:011:34:01
3772Rex Dowding0:03:001:39:331:36:33
3876Peter Lee0:03:001:39:331:36:33
3916Julie Millar0:03:001:44:131:41:13
402Andi Bond0:03:001:47:091:44:09
4160John Allen0:03:001:49:151:46:15
2348Caleb Roberts0:03:00DNFDNF
2423Jay Sowry0:03:00DNFDNF
E Grade
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
4281Jorge Sandoval0:04:001:49:151:45:15
4332Greg Baillie0:04:001:49:161:45:16
4421Anil Raman0:04:001:51:201:47:20
278Sydney Blackburn0:04:00DNFDNF
1240Finn Roberts0:04:00DNFDNF
4551Dave Hodder0:04:00DNFDNF
Short course
Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish TimeRace Time
111Scarlett Freeman0:05:000:48:160:43:16
3156Jaimee Blackburn0:05:000:48:190:43:19
471Bruce McCallum0:05:000:50:350:45:35
565Annabelle Smith0:05:000:50:540:45:54
6Visitor 2Prue Hunter0:05:000:55:350:50:35
7144Katherine Domanski0:05:000:55:370:50:37
874Rod Sutherland0:05:000:55:380:50:38

Martinborough to Hinekura

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The final club race for 2018 proved to be quite a challenge for a number of reasons. Firstly, this should have been a course for the climbers – with plenty of ‘up’ to deal with, however the original course needed to be amended and shortened thereby reducing the amount of ‘up’ available to the climbers. This was because of some brand new seal having been laid on the far side of Hinekura. The next challenge was presented by the windy conditions this evening. As the race began the prevailing Westerly wind was doing it’s thing. Out on course the wind became quite swirly, making riding conditions quite difficult especially for the lighter riders who were being blown around rather more than the more solid riders.

The next challenge faced by all the bunches was trying to stay together and work as a team as this was a handicapped race. It was noticeable that the short course riders had a real struggle with this and many of them ended up being dropped and riding either in pairs or by themselves. They were not alone in their struggle and in the end a number of riders were dropped from across each of the groups.

The final challenge tonight was one that, thankfully, is very rare indeed – the disappearance of a rider. Arguably our most well travelled cyclist, Donna, managed to get lost and rode off course. Instead of heading out and climbing Hinekura with her bunch, she was one of those riders who was dropped early on, and finding herself all alone she then took the more usual left turn at Pope’s Head and rode towards Longbush. The Marshall who was at that turn didn’t realise Donna was in the race, so didn’t manage to re-direct her. It was a while before Donna realised her mistake and turned her bike around to head back towards Martinborough, by which time quite the search party had set out to scour the course and its ditches. All’s well that ends well, and we were all relieved when Donna was found, safe, well and riding her bike somewhat tired and just a little embarrassed! 

So congratulations tonight go firstly to Jorge Sandoval as the first rider home on a tough course much of which was ridden all by himself. For his win he scored a nice bottle of Rose! Secondly, to Kirsten Goodin who was the first woman home. Thirdly, congratulations to Sydney Blackburn as the first rider home on the short course. Fourthly, to Mark Langlands and Belinda Fuller, once again fastest man and woman. Lastly, congratulations to our youngest riders tonight Scarlett Freeman, and Annabelle Smith, who found the going really tough tonight. But even though they had to walk a little when the wind was in their face up the hills, they refused to give up, and were proud to ride themselves to the finish. Good stuff girls!

Once again tonight the BBQ emerged to refuel all the crew. Many thanks to Dave and TK Winery for a lovely venue and some much needed refreshments. Thanks also to everyone who has made racing possible – the Race Manager, Time Keeper, folks who set the course, STMS and traffic management, Marshalls and their convenor, and the social committee.

Racing takes a break now until the second Tuesday in January. So wishing you all a very Happy Blessed Christmas, and a restful summer break.

Shute orderRace NoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
181Jorge Sandoval0:00:000:55:510:55:51Winner
221Anil Raman0:00:000:56:490:56:49
334Kirsten Goodin0:00:000:56:490:56:491st woman
489Emily Lutyens0:07:000:57:160:50:16
54Dean Southey0:07:000:57:160:50:16
6115Robert Jaques0:07:000:57:170:50:17
772Rex Dowding0:07:000:57:180:50:18
827Daniel Jaques0:07:000:57:280:50:28
92Andi Bond0:07:001:01:070:54:07
1123Jay Sowry0:07:001:01:100:54:10
1496Andrew Linton0:13:001:02:150:49:15
1577Terry Blackburn0:13:001:02:180:49:18
1610Belinda Fuller0:13:001:02:190:49:19Fastest woman
1741Gareth Price0:13:001:02:240:49:24
185Lesley Mouat0:13:001:02:240:49:24
1912Ricky Blade0:13:001:02:280:49:28
2090Mark Langlands0:20:001:03:260:43:26Fastest man
2122Dominic Green0:17:001:03:270:46:27
2236Devan Simmonds0:17:001:03:270:46:27
2354Dave Shephard0:17:001:03:300:46:30
2469Peter James0:17:001:03:310:46:31
2513Ben Knight0:20:001:03:330:43:33
2661Darren Southon0:17:001:03:330:46:33
2716Julie Millar0:07:001:04:440:57:44
2970Simon Pumfrey0:20:001:05:260:45:26
3175Andy Curtis-Cody0:13:001:05:540:52:54
34117Simon Butler0:17:001:08:430:51:43
3583Mike Wilkinson0:17:001:08:440:51:44
3718Dave Drummond0:20:001:10:540:50:54
3392Phil Sutherland0:17:00DNF
4045Donna Burkhart0:07:00DNF
Short Course
1078Sydney Blackburn0:20:001:01:090:41:091st 
1217Stan Braaksma0:20:001:01:270:41:271st man
1357Karen Blade0:20:001:01:270:41:27
2855Doug Maclachlan, Meri Murphy0:20:001:05:120:45:12Tandem
30154Jono Didsbury0:20:001:05:310:45:311st Junior boy
32157Kate Port0:20:001:06:140:46:14
36156Jaimee Blackburn0:20:001:08:490:48:49
3811Scarlet Freeman0:20:001:16:170:56:17
3965Annabelle Smith0:20:001:17:120:57:12

Club Championship Criterium

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Tonight was the first of four Club Championship Races – the Criterium. A Criterium is often a street race with lots of twists and turns, but for this one the club is very grateful to be able to use part of the drag strip as the course. It is a circuit race, with sprint laps every second lap ridden over a set time, plus 2 laps. Points awarded are 5, 3, 2 and 1 point for 1st to 4th on each of those sprint laps. The winner of each race is the person who accumulates the highest total of sprint points over the whole of the race.

This is another race that riders have a tendency to either love or hate. The ones who love it are often natural sprinters, or the riders who love the hustle and bustle of trying to outwit your follow competitors, to find the right wheel to follow, and to position yourself ‘just right’ and those who can kick hard in the critical moments going into the sprints that count for points. The other way to win is the tactic that Mark Langlands tends to use, and that is to use your power and ability to ride away from all your competitors!

In each of the races tonight the bunches split as the pressure was applied in the first couple of sprint laps. In the A-Grade mens (Championship) race, contested over 25 minutes plus 2 laps, Mark Langlands rode away early on, and then was pursued by most of the peloton. Being out the front on his own, Mark accumulated a good lead in the points tally before the Peloton eventually caught him. The remaining points on offer were strongly contested between Johnny Burkhart, Derek Roberts, Simon Butler and Devan Simmonds.

The B-Grade and Women’s Championship races, contested over 20 minutes plus 2 laps, also contained our Junior girls and boys. Splits also happened in theses races early on, but no single rider was brave or strong enough to ride away from everyone else, so each of the sprints for points were again hotly contested. Ricky Blade demonstrated his sprinting prowess and a clean pair of heels amongst the men, with Caleb Roberts, John Allen, Dave Hodder and Rex Dowding contesting the remaining available points. Amongst the women Emily Lutyens and Lesley Mouat went wheel to wheel for top points in each of the sprints with Michelle McCabe, Sydney Blackburn and Judy Brown all in the mix for the remaining points.

Congratulations to our new Club Champions:

Open Men – Mark Langlands

Open women – Emily Lutyens

Junior Girl – Sydney Blackburn

Junior Boy – Caleb Roberts

B-Grade – Ricky Blade

Once again, thanks to our race officials and social committee for looking after our racing, and refuelling us at the end of the evening. Next week, note that the race start is in Martinborough for a little circuit that takes in Hinakura. Might be one for the climbers..maybe!

Full Results:

Men’s Championship Criterium – A Grade
Rider Total Final Place
Mark Langlands 30 1 Men’s Champion
Johnny Burkhart 20 2
Derek Roberts 12 3
Simon Butler 8 4
Devan Simmonds 7 5
Darren Southon 1 6
Dave Drummond 0
Craig Mangin 0
Andrew Linton 0
Daniel Jaques 0
Terry Blackburn 0
Women’s Championship Criterium
Rider Total Final Place
Emily Lutyens 21 1 Women’s Champion
Lesley Mouat 19 2
Michelle McCabe 9 3
Sydney Blackburn 4 4 1st Under 19 Girl
Judy Brown 2 5
Men’s B-Grace Criterium
Rider Total Final Place
Ricky Blade 25 1 1st B-Grade
Caleb Roberts 11 2 1st Junior Boy
John Allen 7 3
Dave Hodder 6 4
Rex Dowding 6 5
Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones 0
Jorge Sandoval 0
Duncan Ellis 0
Mark Jerling 0
Anil Raman 0
Doug Maclachlan/Meri Murphy 0
Jono Didsbury 0 2nd Junior Boy
Stan Braaksma 0