Upper Plain Circuit HRR

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Tonight 47 riders presented themselves to start a Handicapped Road Race around the twists and turns of the Upper Plain Circuit. This circuit has some sharp turns that test the legs of everyone, especially those who find themselves at the back of each bunch immediately after each turn. The bunch slows up on the approach to a turn, and as the first riders through the turn peddle strongly out of the turn, this stretches the length of the bunch – a bit like a bungee cord. For the unwary or those who don’t have great legs on the night, the bungee cord effect can result in a split in the bunch or weaker riders disappearing out the back door, not to be seen again until the finish. Another potential challenge on this circuit is the need to give way to other road users, as on four of the turns riders do not have right of way. At least two of the bunches tonight were stopped multiple times during the course of the three laps covered. The final challenge for each bunch this evening was the slight westerly breeze that meant that even when riders survived the twists and turns from Ngamatawa Road through to Chamberlain Road, upon turning into Upper Plain Road to head towards Skeets they encountered the uncomfortable sensation of grovelling into headwind along false flat, on energy sapping road. Overall, one might argue this is not a favourite course for the lightweight hill climbers, but is eagerly anticipated by our strongest riders and especially the sprinters.

In an ideally handicapped road race, every rider will reach the finish line at precisely the same time. So firstly congratulations to our handicapper who managed to set the groups and time gaps so that the first three groups crossed the finish line no more than 30 seconds between them. ‘Break 2’, although slightly disappointed not to have caught the front two bunches before the finish, were very happy to hold off ‘Break’, who were equally pleased to stay away from ‘Scratch’, even if only by a matter of a few seconds.

Overall line honours for the long course race went to Donna Burkhart in a sprint finish with Greg Baillie close behind. Caleb Roberts also featured in that bunch sprint as the first and fastest Junior Boy. Johnny Burkhart was the fastest man, and Emily Lutyens was the fastest woman.

In the short course, line honours went to Doug Machlachlan, closely followed by Kate Speedy in her first race with ACM. She also takes out line honours for the first and fastest junior girl.

As always, thanks to everyone who managed and marshalled our race tonight and also to Mark Jerling for hosting the after match BBQ.

Next week is the shortest race on our annual calendar and final of our Club Championship Races – the hill climb up Admiral Hill.

ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
445Donna Burkhart0:03:000:59:080:56:081st HRR
532Greg Baillie0:00:000:59:090:59:09
62Andi Bond0:03:000:59:090:56:09
733Steve Hannam0:03:000:59:090:56:09
860John Allen0:03:000:59:100:56:10
981Jorge Sandoval0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1029Ray Haste0:00:000:59:100:59:10
1148Caleb Roberts0:03:000:59:100:56:101st Junior Boy
1243John Murray0:00:000:59:120:59:12
1334Kirsten Goodin0:03:000:59:130:56:13
1451David Hodder0:00:000:59:140:59:14
1522Mike Parker0:00:000:59:150:59:15
16100Stephen Brown0:03:000:59:170:56:17
1787Steven Yeats0:03:000:59:170:56:17
183Mark Jerling0:00:000:59:190:59:19
1919Duncan Ellis0:00:000:59:200:59:20
2096Andrew Linton0:06:000:59:210:53:21
21142Duncan Cameron0:06:000:59:220:53:22
2289Emily Lutyens0:06:000:59:230:53:23Fastest Woman
2377Terry Blackburn0:06:000:59:230:53:23
2427Daniel Jaques0:06:000:59:300:53:30
25153Simon Mole0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2675Andy Curtis-Cody0:06:000:59:300:53:30
275Lesley Mouat0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2812Ricky Blade0:06:000:59:300:53:30
2950Earle Whitcombe0:03:000:59:300:56:30
30117Simon Butler0:10:001:00:260:50:26
3192Phil Sutherland0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3241Gareth Price0:10:001:01:050:51:05
33101Eddy Kuipers0:10:001:01:050:51:05
3418Dave Drummond0:10:001:01:050:51:05
35118Derek Cox/Peter Jones0:10:001:01:060:51:06
3769Peter James0:10:001:01:300:51:30
38147Johnny Burkhart0:12:001:01:570:49:57Fastest Man
3946Derek Roberts0:12:001:01:580:49:58
4073Erik d’Arbois0:12:001:02:000:50:00
4113Ben Knight0:12:001:02:030:50:03
421Tom McCallum0:12:001:02:040:50:04
4359Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4457Karen Blade0:00:001:06:111:06:11
4672Rex Dowding0:03:00DNFDNF
4740Finn Roberts0:03:00DNFDNF
Short course
ShuteRace No RiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
155Doug Maclachlan0:04:000:50:270:46:27
2V1Kate Speedy0:04:000:50:300:46:301st Junior girl
3144Katherine Domanski0:04:000:54:190:50:19
36156Jaimee Blackburn0:04:001:01:200:57:20
4598Penny Walker0:04:001:11:381:07:38

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