Forty seven riders presented themselves to the starter on Tuesday evening for the Athletics & Cycling club handicap road race. The 40km course had competitors commencing at Wainuioru school, heading east to the end of the seal toward Stronvar, turning and heading south to the end of the seal on Motukai Rd before returning to finish at the school. It is spectacular and remote country, complete with serious undulations, narrow bridges, a deep gorge and a setting sun.
Seven groups were sent off at zero, four, nine, 11, 14, 18 and 19 minutes, the largest groupings covering 11 riders, others with five and Scratch with just two. And, those two Scratch guys, Mark Langlands and Jack Sowry, lapped the entire field to win in 57.09 with Jack a second in arrears. Not only, they also put nearly two minutes on the next rider to cross the line and were over five minutes up on the next A grade rider. It was a remarkable race for the pair, even if the handicapping assisted. Not one group managed to finish together.
There were some excellent individual efforts throughout the field. Three riders threw in the towel and recorded DNF against their names. Others had the ignominy of being overtaken with the line in sight, often by several riders, pushing them down the finish pecking order. Such is handicap road racing.
So, it was excellent racing in warm conditions on yet another beautiful evening, witnessed by an impressive moonrise. Will this summer ever end?
Thanks to the marshalls and time-keepers and the road signage people. Apologies for the delay in providing these results.
The attached results have three components – the first listing shute order; the second highlighting the complete field in time order, the third in group order.
Next Tuesday, March 10th, is a graded road race over three laps of the Upper Plain circuit from Upper Manaia Rd, over 34km. See you all then for a 6.00pm start.
Wainuioru Y Loop 3-3-2015