Race 3 – Watson’s Road to Wainuioru return A/B Graded Race

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The third of our grading races was an A and B Graded Road Race, beginning on Watson’s Road, racing out to Wainuioru before rounding the cone to race back and finish at the top of Limeworks Hill. This one is always a gut-buster with the pressure on right from the gun. When there are two tandems in the bunch we all know that the pace will be high on the flat and tonight was no exception with speeds in the region of 55 km per hour down Watson’s Road as riders attacked to try and break off the front, at this stage unsuccessfully.

In a similar vein, in B-Grade the pace was high and putting pressure on riders on Watson’s road. The short course riders set off at pace also, and this did break their group early on in the race. The first ascent of Limeworks Hill was decisive in breaking both A and B grade into smaller groups. Then it was a case of can we get back on to the riders in front and/or stay away from the riders behind. Some riders also found the back door opened up on the Patakawa Hill, and out of their bunch they went.

It is always a bone of contention with graded racing that some folks end up doing a lot more work on the front than others – and some get told to take their turn! In the end, it comes down to how the legs and lungs are when your group arrives back at the base of the final climb. For some A-graders – they had an added incentive of a small dog who wanted to get in amongst the action and warn us that we where on his turf. Needless to say there was a burst of adrenaline for some riders at this point, because even a small dog can cause chaos and crashes! At some stage on that final climb, if you have anything left in the tank you have to pick your moment to give it full gas and see if that is enough.

Tonight’s winners:

A-Grade – Mark Langlands with Lesley Mouat fastest woman

B-Grade – Andy Bond with Julie Millar first woman and Caleb Roberts first junior boy

Short Course – Judy Brown came in first with Jaimee Blackburn first junior girl.

Congratulations to everyone again for a great night of racing. Thanks from all of us to our team of Race Managers, and Marshalls, without whom we cannot race.

Next Week: The first handicapped road race of the season that starts at Double Bridges and races out to Mauriceville and back. See you all there.

Full results from tonight are as follows:

 

A- Grade
Shute order Race number Rider Start time Finish time Ride time Cat Place
6 90 Mark Langland 0:00:00 0:44:10 0:44:10 1 Fastest man
7 73 Erik D’Arbois 0:00:00 0:44:24 0:44:24 2
8 13 Ben Knight 0:00:00 0:44:26 0:44:26 3
9 70 Simon Pumfrey 0:00:00 0:44:31 0:44:31 4
10 101 Eddy Kuipers 0:00:00 0:44:37 0:44:37 5
11 V2 Richard Day 0:00:00 0:44:45 0:44:45 6
12 52 Matt Milne 0:00:00 0:44:47 0:44:47 7
13 Dominic Green 0:00:00 0:44:51 0:44:51 8
14 46 Derek Roberts 0:00:00 0:44:52 0:44:52 9
15 147 Johnny Burkhart 0:00:00 0:45:13 0:45:13 10
16 61 Darren Southon 0:00:00 0:45:18 0:45:18 11
1 Craig Mangin/Dave Drummond 0:00:00 0:45:37 0:45:37 12
18 36 Devan Simmonds 0:00:00 0:48:27 0:48:27 13
19 5 Lesley Mouat 0:00:00 0:48:29 0:48:29 14 Fastest woman
20 10 Belinda Fuller 0:00:00 0:48:32 0:48:32 15
21 V1 Nadene Hawley 0:00:00 0:48:35 0:48:35 16
22 69 Pete James 0:00:00 0:49:21 0:49:21 17
23 153 Simon Mole 0:00:00 0:49:25 0:49:25 18
24 77 Terry Blackburn 0:00:00 0:49:28 0:49:28 19
25 53 Paul Wallace 0:00:00 0:49:28 0:49:28 20
26 30 Corey Miller 0:00:00 0:49:57 0:49:57 21
27 96 Andrew Linton 0:00:00 0:50:07 0:50:07 22
28 160 Roger Foote 0:00:00 0:50:12 0:50:12 23
29 41 Gareth Price 0:00:00 0:50:30 0:50:30 24
30 117 Simon Butler 0:00:00 0:50:45 0:50:45 25
31 75 Andrew Curtis-Cody 0:00:00 0:51:02 0:51:02 26
32 1 Tom McCallum 0:00:00 0:51:58 0:51:58 27
33 100 Steve Brown 0:00:00 0:52:20 0:52:20 28
34 Mike Wilkinson/Peter Jones 0:00:00 0:53:35 0:53:35 29
35 60 John Allen 0:00:00 0:53:46 0:53:46 30
36 72 Rex Dowding 0:00:00 0:53:52 0:53:52 31
37 12 Ricky Blade 0:00:00 0:54:53 0:54:53 32
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B- Grade
Shute order Race number Rider Start time Finish time Ride time Cat Place
38 2 Andy Bond 0:01:00 0:56:10 0:55:10 1
39 50 Earle Whitcombe 0:01:00 0:57:18 0:56:18 2
40 38 Greg Lang 0:01:00 0:57:22 0:56:22 3
41 14 Brian Sanders 0:01:00 0:57:25 0:56:25 4
42 16 Julie Millar 0:01:00 0:58:14 0:57:14 5 First B woman
43 19 Duncan Ellis 0:01:00 0:58:18 0:57:18 6
44 23 Jay Sowry 0:01:00 0:58:20 0:57:20 7
45 33 Steve Hannam 0:01:00 0:58:30 0:57:30 8
46 32 Greg Baillie 0:01:00 0:59:44 0:58:44 9
47 45 Donna Burkhart 0:01:00 0:59:46 0:58:46 10
48 48 Caleb Roberts 0:01:00 1:00:03 0:59:03 11 First Junior boy
49 21 Anil Raman 0:01:00 1:00:09 0:59:09 12
50 51 Dave Hodder 0:01:00 1:00:15 0:59:15 13
51 29 Ray Haste 0:01:00 1:01:39 1:00:39 14
52 59 Mike Clinton-Baker 0:01:00 1:01:48 1:00:48 15
53 31 Jenny Devenport 0:01:00 1:01:55 1:00:55 16
54 3 Mark Jerling 0:01:00 1:02:24 1:01:24 17
55 81 Jorge Sandoval 0:01:00 1:03:19 1:02:19 18
56 25 Stacey Miller 0:01:00 1:08:24 1:07:24 19
57 78 Sydney Blackburn 0:01:00 DNF
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Short Course
Shute order Race number Rider Start time Finish time Ride time Cat Place
1 159 Judy Brown 0:02:00 0:32:14 0:30:14 1
2 154 Jono Disbury 0:02:00 0:33:24 0:31:24 2
3 157 Kate Port 0:02:00 0:34:33 0:32:33 3
4 156 Jaimee Blackburn 0:02:00 0:34:56 0:32:56 4 First junior girl
5 71 Bruce McCallum 0:02:00 0:37:35 0:35:35 5

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