Gladstone to Whakarua Road HRR

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This evening’s handicapped road race began at Gladstone Church and raced south to Whakarau Road before returning to finish on Longbush Road. During his briefing our Race Manager, Brent Sowry, reminded riders that the job of each bunch was to catch the riders in front of you and stay away from the riders behind.

When the race handicapper gets it right, most of the riders will arrive at the finish all together. Tonight that very nearly happened. In the winning bunch were a mixture of riders from Limit and Break 3, with all the riders from Break 2, except one who suffered a puncture, finishing a matter of a handful of seconds behind this bunch. There followed a mixture of Break and Scratch who came to the finish less than a minute later.

Line honours go to Jay Sowry this week on the long course, with Donna Burkhart first woman to finish. Congratulations also go to Sydney Blackburn, as the first Junior rider and to Mark Langlands, once again proving to be the fastest man. Belinda Fuller was the fastest woman over the long course.

On the short course race, overall line honours went to Doug Maclachlan and Meri Murphy on the Tandem, who had a quick change of plans when they were unable to hold the wheel of the Limit bunch on the long course and restarted with the short course riders. Congratulations to Kate Port, the first woman on the short course, and to our two Junior riders, Jono Didsbury and Jaimee Blackburn all of whom managed to hang on to the tandem over this course.

Many thanks to our team of race officials, who have kept us safe and enjoying the challenge of racing again tonight. Special mention here to both Brent Sowry and Toni McCallum who turn up to race manage and time our events voluntarily every week.

Best wishes to everyone who is heading off to ride the Great Lake Challenge (Taupo) this weekend. May the weather be kind to you and may you ride free of mechanicals!

Next Week is another ‘race of truth’ the 2-up Time Trial starting at Henley Lake. So remember to find your riding buddy and as much ‘bling’ as you can muster!

Full results from tonight are:

Shute order Race Number Rider Start time Finish time Ride Time
7 23 Jay Sowry 0:04:00 0:57:46 0:53:46 First Man
8 77 Terry Blackburn 0:04:00 0:57:46 0:53:46
9 12 Ricky Blade 0:04:00 0:57:47 0:53:47
10 33 Steve Hannam 0:04:00 0:57:47 0:53:47
11 45 Donna Burkhart 0:04:00 0:57:47 0:53:47 First Woman
12 50 Earle Whitcombe 0:04:00 0:57:47 0:53:47
13 51 David Hodder 0:00:00 0:57:48 0:57:48
14 34 Kirsten Goodin 0:00:00 0:57:48 0:57:48
15 72 Rex Dowding 0:04:00 0:57:48 0:53:48
16 29 Ray Haste 0:00:00 0:57:48 0:57:48
17 32 Greg Baillie 0:00:00 0:57:48 0:57:48
18 81 Jorge Sandoval 0:00:00 0:57:49 0:57:49
19 19 Duncan Ellis 0:00:00 0:57:49 0:57:49
20 21 Anil Raman 0:00:00 0:57:50 0:57:50
21 76 Peter Lee 0:04:00 0:59:04 0:55:04
22 14 Brian Sanders 0:04:00 1:00:15 0:56:15
23 38 Greg Lang 0:04:00 1:00:16 0:56:16
24 41 Gareth Price 0:08:00 1:00:28 0:52:28
25 10 Belinda Fuller 0:08:00 1:00:29 0:52:29 Fastest Woman
26 30 Corey Miller 0:08:00 1:00:29 0:52:29
27 5 Lesley Mouat 0:08:00 1:00:29 0:52:29
28 4 Dean Southey 0:08:00 1:00:29 0:52:29
29 75 Andy Curtis-Cody 0:08:00 1:00:30 0:52:30
30 90 Mark Langlands 0:14:00 1:01:12 0:47:12 Fastest Man
31 1 Tom McCallum 0:14:00 1:01:13 0:47:13
32 147 Johnny Burkhart 0:14:00 1:01:14 0:47:14
33 18 Dave Drummond 0:14:00 1:01:14 0:47:14
34 73 Erik D-Arbois 0:14:00 1:01:15 0:47:15
35 13 Ben Knight 0:14:00 1:01:15 0:47:15
36 61 Darren Southon 0:12:00 1:01:15 0:49:15
37 70 Simon Pumfrey 0:12:00 1:01:18 0:49:18
38 36 Devan Simmonds 0:12:00 1:01:27 0:49:27
39 119 Jeff Saywell 0:12:00 1:01:31 0:49:31
40 17 Stan Braaksma 0:00:00 1:05:50 1:05:50
41 78 Sydney Blackburn 0:00:00 1:05:50 1:05:50 First Junior Girl
42 57 Karen Blade 0:00:00 1:05:51 1:05:51
43 25 Stacey Miller 0:00:00 1:05:56 1:05:56
44 158 Michelle McCabe 0:00:00 1:05:57 1:05:57
45 2 Andi Bond 0:08:00 DNF Puncture
Short Course
Shute order Race Number Rider Start time Finish time Ride Time
1 55 Doug Maclachlan/Meri Murphy 0:14:00 0:40:05 0:26:05 Tandem
2 157 Kate Port 0:14:00 0:40:10 0:26:10
3 156 Jaimee Blackburn 0:14:00 0:40:10 0:26:10 Fastest Junior Girl
4 154 Jono Didsbury 0:14:00 0:42:30 0:28:30 Fastest Junior Boy
5 98 Penny Walker 0:14:00 0:56:59 0:42:59
6 74 Rod Sutherland 0:14:00 0:56:59 0:42:59

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