Race 2 -Kaituna return, Mass Start Road Race

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The second of our grading races was held this evening starting in Upper Manaia Road, racing up to Kaituna, turning at the gravel and returning to the checkered flag on Upper Manaia Road. As is often the case with mass start road races, the pressure was on from the gun. Mark Langlands was on the attack closely followed by Ben Knight and Erik D’Arbois, these three were being chased hard by the main peloton even before turning onto Upper Plain Road. This split the races into a number of small groups as the race headed up the hill. After the turn and despite a concerted effort from the peloton to close the break down, the three lead riders hung on to a slender lead to cross seconds in front of a now charging peloton. Congratulations to Mark Langlands for an impressive display of strength, speed and endurance.┬áIn the women’s race both Nadene Hawley and Lesley Mouat demonstrated sufficient strength and pace to maintain their position in the charging peloton with Nadene taking line honours on the night.

For the remaining riders, after the fast start had done the damage, small groups formed and other riders found themselves riding in ones and twos and completing their race at their own pace. Special mention to Rod Sutherland and Peter Jones on the tandem. The ride up to the end of Kaitaia on a tandem is not easy, it is a continual drag which saps the energy. Another special mention also goes to Sydney Blackburn who was the fastest junior rider this evening. It is great to see our youngsters out there and giving it their best effort.

Next week is the third of our grading races. It is an A and B Graded Road Road which begins at Watson’s Road, heads out to Wainuioru and returns to finish at the top of Limeworks hill. The climbers might like this one!

Full results for tonight are:

Place Race number Rider Ride Time
1 90 Mark Langlands 0:35:13 Fastest man
2 13 Ben Knight 0:35:23
3 73 Erik D’Arbois 0:35:23
4 101 Eddy Kuipers 0:35:37
5 147 Johnny Burkhart 0:35:37
6 117 Simon Butler 0:35:38
7 97 Chris Smith 0:35:38
8 V2 Richard Day 0:35:38
9 155 Andrew Osmond 0:35:38
10 96 Andrew Linton 0:35:39
11 V1 Nadene Hawley 0:35:39 Fastest woman
12 5 Lesley Mouat 0:35:39
13 61 Darren Southon 0:35:40
14 77 Terry Blackburn 0:35:40
15 70 Simon Pumfrey 0:35:40
16 75 Andy Curtis-Cody 0:35:40
17 18 Dave Drummond 0:37:24
18 41 Gareth Price 0:37:48
19 27 Daniel Jaques 0:37:53
20 160 Roger Foote 0:38:10
21 142 Duncan Cameron 0:38:10
22 30 Corey Miller 0:38:12
23 100 Steve Brown 0:38:14
24 153 Simon Mole 0:38:15
25 72 Rex Dowding 0:39:30
26 50 Earle Whitcombe 0:40:51
27 12 Ricky Blade 0:40:55
28 60 John Allen 0:40:56
29 4 Dean Southey 0:40:56
30 120 Darren Sullivan 0:40:59
31 45 Donna Burkhart 0:41:01
32 33 Steve Hannam 0:41:01
33 23 Jay Sowry 0:42:19
34 29 Ray Haste 0:42:20
35 38 Greg Lang 0:42:21
36 19 Duncan Ellis 0:42:42
37 99 Mark Halewood 0:42:48
38 3 Mark Jerling 0:42:49
39 74 Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones 0:42:49 Tandem
40 21 Anil Raman 0:42:50
41 51 David Hodder 0:42:50
42 31 Jenny Devenport 0:42:55
43 78 Sydney Blackburn 0:47:04 Fastest Junior
44 59 Mike Clinton-Baker 0:47:09
45 25 Stacey Miller 0:47:10
46 158 Michelle McCabe 0:47:10
47 47 Michael Cuff 0:47:30
48 159 Judy Brown 0:51:24
49 157 Kate Port 0:55:34
50 154 Jono Didsbury 0:55:35
51 71 Bruce McCallum 0:56:00
52 11 Scarlett McCallum 0:56:00

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