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

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