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.
|Shute||no||Team||Riders||Start time||Finish time||Ride time||Place|
|18||18, 46||Derek and Drummo||Drummond / D Roberts||0:23:00||0:47:21||0:24:21||1||Fastest men|
|20||13,||Lone ranger||Ben Knight||0:25:00||0:49:25||0:24:25||2|
|15||117, 61||Simon an Darren||Butler / Southon||0:19:00||0:44:37||0:25:37||3|
|19||24, 69||Lost Boy and Lost Soul||James / Van Woerkom||0:22:00||0:47:50||0:25:50||4|
|13||70, 12||Ricky and Simon||Blade / Pumfrey||0:18:00||0:43:52||0:25:52||6|
|11||5, 36||Under and over weight||Simmonds / Mouat||0:15:00||0:42:07||0:27:07||7||Fastest Mixed|
|22||27, 153||Daniel and Simon||Jaques/Mole||0:24:00||0:51:39||0:27:39||8|
|16||75,10||Belinda and AndyCC||Curtis-Cody / Fuller||0:17:00||0:44:58||0:27:58||9|
|5||34,97||Kirsten and Chris||Goodin/Smith||0:10:00||0:38:02||0:28:02||10|
|14||60,74||John,Terry,Rod,Peter||Allen / Sutherland||0:16:00||0:44:10||0:28:10||11||Tandems|
|9||72,50||Steptoe and son||Whitcombe / Dowding||0:12:00||0:40:23||0:28:23||12|
|12||14, 100||Brian and Stephen||Brown / Sanders||0:14:00||0:42:46||0:28:46||13|
|6||32,29||Truck n Trailer||Haste / Baillie||0:09:00||0:38:02||0:29:02||14|
|21||48, 40||Finn and Caleb||Roberts / Roberts||0:20:00||0:49:40||0:29:40||15||Fastest Junior boys|
|10||45,3||Donna and Mark||Burkhart / Jerling||0:11:00||0:40:42||0:29:42||16|
|4||43,26||John and David||Murray / Howden||0:06:00||0:37:40||0:31:40||17|
|1||23,22||Brent and Jay||Sowry / Sowry||0:01:00||0:33:02||0:32:02||18|
|2||57,78||Karen and Sydney||Blackburn / Blade||0:05:00||0:37:10||0:32:10||19||Fastest women|
|3||11, 0||Free speed||Speedy / McCallum||0:03:00||0:37:27||0:34:27||20||Fastest Junior Girls|
|8||156, 144||Jaimie and Catherine||Blackburn / Domanski||0:04:00||0:39:14||0:35:14||21|
|7||65, 154||Lucky A||Didsbury/ Smith||0:02:00||0:38:26||0:36:26||22|