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

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