2020 Provisional Results Club ITT

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The Individual Time Trial is also known as the ‘Race of truth’. It is a race where specific time trial bikes and pointy helmets, deep dish or disk wheels, skinsuits and aerobars can be used to try to make the rider as efficient and aerodynamic as possible. These things can shave seconds off your ride time but really the race is about the rider and their bike against the clock with no one to draft behind.

With most riders leaving at 30 second intervals the only help you get is in the mind by having someone in front of you to try to catch whilst at the same time knowing you probably have someone else behind you that you want to stay away from. For a few riders it becomes a game of catch – how many can I catch – or occasionally it becomes I just climbed past that person, so why are they descending faster and passing me back!

The course out from Bideford Road then turning left into the Whangaehu Valley climbs all the way to the 20 km mark where the turn-around is. The return journey is faster, but usually that doesn’t make it any easier, as everyone is travelling faster, and time trials are about consistent effort all the way to the finish. 

Both Mark Langlands and Tom McCallum backed up very impressively tonight after competing in the New Zealand Cycle Classic that finished on Sunday. It is also great to see a couple of Junior girls turn out to test themselves against the clock on the short course. In the main race three riders had mechanical issues resulting in DNF’s. Dave Drummond’s skinsuit option was definitely not UCI legal, but perhaps on one of the warmest evenings we have experienced this summer, gave him some air conditioning advantage.

Congratulations to our ITT Champions for 2020:

Junior Girls:

1st        Jaimee Blackburn

2nd       Annabelle Smith

Women’s Championship

1st        Belinda Fuller

2nd       Emily Lutyens

3rd        Kirsten Goodin

Men’s Championship

1st       Mark Langlands

2nd       Tom McCallum

3rd        Dave Drummond

Next week is a Handicapped Road Race starting at Wainuioru and racing on the Y loop course.

Full results:

Start timeRiderFinish timeRide Time
0:20:00Mark Langlands1:18:110:58:11Champion man
0:19:00Tom McCallum1:20:251:01:252nd man
0:10:30Dave Drummond1:14:201:03:503rd man
0:21:00Ben Knight1:25:101:04:10
0:14:30Gareth Price1:18:431:04:13
0:13:00Bill van Workoem1:17:531:04:53
0:13:30Josh van Workoem1:19:451:06:15
0:15:30Daniel Jaques1:21:591:06:29
0:18:00Dom Green1:25:441:07:44
0:04:30Rex Dowding1:13:001:08:30
0:09:00Robert Jaques1:18:191:09:19
0:10:00Laurance Kent1:19:231:09:23
0:12:30Duncan Cameron1:22:091:09:39
0:08:00Belinda Fuller1:18:381:10:38Champion woman
0:07:30Emily Lutyens1:18:501:11:202nd woman
0:09:30Stephen Yeats1:21:421:12:12
0:12:00Craig Mangin1:24:211:12:21
0:11:30Andy Curtis-Cody1:23:561:12:26
0:11:00Mike Wilkinson1:24:061:13:06
0:05:30Chris McBride1:20:151:14:45
0:07:00Kirsten Goodin1:23:011:16:013rd Woman
0:05:00Neil Henderson1:21:041:16:04
0:04:00John Allen1:20:581:16:58
0:03:30Anil Raman1:20:381:17:08
0:03:00Mark Jerling1:20:351:17:35
0:06:30Julie Millar1:27:061:20:36
0:02:30Greg Baillie1:25:151:22:45
0:08:30John Murray1:31:251:22:55
0:02:00Karen Blade1:29:431:27:43
0:06:00Mike Parker1:34:011:28:01
0:15:00Eddy KuipersDNFDNF
0:16:00Simon ButlerDNFDNF
0:17:00Peter JamesDNFDNF
Juniors short course
Start timeRiderFinish timeRide Time
0:00:30Jaimee Blackburn0:27:070:26:37Junior champion
0:01:00Annabelle Smith0:32:120:31:122nd Junior

Memorial Ride for Darren and Josh

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Tuesday night is usually ACM Cycling Section’s race night. This evening our club came together as a family for a Memorial Ride to remember and honour Darren and Josh Southon, to offer support to Lisa, Jorja, wider whanau and to one another at this tragic time.  Since news reached us of the sudden loss of Darren and young Josh, his family and friends have been grieving deeply, and struggling with their loss. Tonight’s ride was to honour the memory of two much loved members of our community.

Darren has been acknowledged by all to be an all-round good bloke. He knew how to have fun but also when to be serious. Darren was able to relate to all sorts of people and will be remembered for his easy manner and big smile. Josh was just at the start of what should have been a brilliant and long life. He too loved to have fun with his friends and family, emerging as a junior version of his Dad.

After a minute of respectful silence, the lead car, with both Josh and Darren’s bikes mounted on its roof headed south from Dixon Street. The Tararua Builders Race team and family members led out a peleton of 300+ cyclists, including ACM club members, colleagues, friends, NZ Classic team riders and guests. Non-cycling members of the community lined the route in tribute to these two precious community members. The whole ride was run under a mobile Traffic Management Plan keeping everyone safe – thanks traffic management team.

As we rode many of us remembered precious times spent with Darren. For many of us it is heart-breaking to realise that the small bike on the roof of the car we were following will never be upgraded to a full-sized bike, and we can no longer ride with the owner of the full-sized bike!

Following the ride, and presentation of the NZ Classic teams, refreshments were served at the home of Mike and Tracey Wilkinson – thanks to you both for the hospitality. Here more stories of times shared with Darren and Josh were recounted.  Right now, none of us who have been left behind can quite comprehend the full extent of our loss for these two lives cut short before their time.

Darren and Josh, rest in peace and rise in glory, you are gone, but will never be forgotten. Our thoughts, prayers and support remain with Lisa, Jorja, family and friends.

Carrington Handicapped Road Race

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Tuesday 7 Jan 020 and the first road race of the year for ACM. A total of 33 riders presented themselves to the start line for a handicap race around the short, sharp and some may say brutal course that is the Carrington circuit.

It was a cool evening with a brisk SW wind which provided some mitigation to the false flat that is Haringa Road but made life difficult for riders after the summit of the hill climb. The race comprised five groups; Limit, Break 2 (at 6″), Break (at 12″), Scratch (at 18″) and Scratch+ (at 19″). 

The five starters in scratch+ quickly became four who then mopped up the remaining field in short order, catching Break after one and a half laps and taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

1st  Dan Walusewski

2nd Madi Hartley-Brown

3rd  Matt Webb-Smith

Fastest woman was Emily Lutyens who came in 8th (along side the unrecorded author!).

Several riders mislaid their transponders (the author being one of these 😕) and tho participating had no recorded time. Apologies also to John Allen and Tom McCallum who also do not feature in the results due to transponder issues.

Well done to all the riders who put themselves out there and big thanks to Dave H & Jenny D for the cracking meal afterwards.

Full results: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/CarringtonHRR-2020-01-07.pdf

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Club Champs Crit – provisional results

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The first of four Club Championship Races were held tonight at the Masterton Motorplex. The Criterium is a circuit or street race, held over a specified period of time plus 2 laps, where the aim is to gain as many sprint points as possible. Sprints occur on alternate laps, with points allotted to the first 4 riders (5, 3, 2 and 1) to cross the line each time a sprint is held. At the end of the race each rider’s points are totalled up to determine winners.

It was very pleasing tonight to have sufficient contenders to be able to run 3 separate grades. The first race was C-Grade, racing for 15 minutes plus 2 laps. This race included our sole junior girl as well as the sole tandem. B-Grade included the Women’s championship race as well as a couple of junior boys, was 25 minutes plus 2 laps. The final race was A-Grade – the men’s Championship race at 40 minutes plus 2 laps. 

To do well in a criterium the skills most useful are an ability to corner rapidly, to be able to survive rapid changes of pace and also the ability to recover rapidly from repeated full-on efforts. Each of the grades were hotly contested with some riders proving their skills, strength and endurance was up to the challenge of repeated sprinting. For a few riders this proved a step too far. 

Congratulations to the grade winners and out newest Club champions:

Greg Baillie                  – 1st C-Grade

David Hancock            – 2nd C-Grade

Andi Bond                   – 3rd C-Grade

Daniel Jaques             – 1st B-Grade

Ricky Blade                  – 2nd B-Grade

Caleb Roberts             – 1st U 15 boy & 3rd B-Grade

Ryan McNaughton      – 2nd U 15 boy

Jaimee Blackburn        – 1st U 17 girl

Finn Roberts               – 1st U19 boy

Emily Lutyens              – Champion woman

Lesley Mouat              – 2nd woman

Donna O’Sullivan        – 3rd woman

Mark Langlands          – Champion man

Erik d”Arbois               – 2nd man

Simon Butler               – 3rd man

Many thanks to Brent Sowry, commissaire, and to all who ‘spotted’ when they were not riding. Also, very many thanks to Di Dowding, Karen Blade and Kirsten Goodin who made sure that riders were refuelled after their efforts.

Full results can be found here:


Some Lap times can be found here:



Next week is a handicapped Road Race over Hinakura and back starting in Martinborough at the Martinborough cemetery. There will be a short course available.

Please also remember that for those who have not yet done so, you will need to renew your Cycling New Zealand licence before you can race in January.

If you have not yet done so, Kirsten is still looking for marshalls for the next races.

Finally – watch out for upcoming details of a change to our club race 14thJanuary – which coincides with the New Zealand Cycle Classic – more details will be published once details have been finalised.

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:


Norfolk Road, GRR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full results can be found:



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

Francis Line Circuit HRR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more reminders:

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

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

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

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

Langlands and Fuller continue where they left off!

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A new cycle race season is finally under way. Chance once again to test the legs, and heart and lungs, not to mention the race tactics, and determination. All those things that have been put on hold during the winter. Even though the season is just starting there are some very fit cyclists out there – namely those competing in the North Island Team Series – whilst for others their fitness and early season training has yet to kick in. 

After the cancellation of the first grading race last week, the weather was much kinder this week so allowing the second grading-race to proceed as planned. This 27 km Mass Start Road Race began at the bottom of the Rangitumai bluff racing towards Mauriceville and then returning to finish 2 kms past the bluff on Rangitumai Road.

In mass start racing, as the name suggests, the race starts with everyone together at the same time. This means the vast majority of the field then trying their best to ‘hang on’ to the wheels in front of them, whilst those who fancy their chances, attack as hard and fast as they can to create gaps and a breakaway. Predictably, within a few kms of the start, Mark Langlands along with Tom McCallum executed the perfect attack to create their breakaway. A head-cross-cutter wind probably assisted with breaking the elastic to the chase group.  The main chase group once formed, worked together to try to bring back the breakaway. In doing so, many other riders found themselves distanced and strung out along the road. These riders then formed smaller groups to work with each other.

Unfortunately, Tom was unable to stay with Mark and dropped out of the breakaway to be reeled back in by the chase bunch. At the turnaround, Mark was solo and had a gap of about a minute back to the chase group. This gap was reduced somewhat with the assistance of the tail-crosscutter wind on the return leg of the race, but not by enough to close the gap completely. In the end Mark had a solo win with a margin of 43 seconds. Dominic Green showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the chase group to cross the line in second place, with Tom McCallum sprinting to third.

The next group back on the road contained the top woman contender, Belinda Fuller, followed 32 seconds later by Emily Lutyens. A little further back Kirsten Goodin outsprinted Julie Millar to be third woman home. 

Chocolate fish story tonight goes to John Murray who punctured before the turnaround. Congratulations to everyone who raced and thanks to all our race officials and marshalls.

Next week is one for the hill-climbers with an A and B-Graded race starting in Watson’s Road, heading out to Wainiouru and finishing at the top of Limeworks hill.

Full results are:

First NameLast NamePlaceRide Time (Min)
MarkLanglands10:37:031st and Fastest man
Simon Butler50:37:48
BelindaFuller120:40:051st and Fastest woman
JoshVan Woerkom130:40:06
Julie Millar230:43:44
Jorge Sandoval330:43:50

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