Race Report – 29 November 022 ACM WIZwireless Mauriceville Rangitumau/Kaka Amu HRR
On a very blustery evening 32 riders presented themselves to the start line for the nights handicap road race. The start was at Double Bridges then North turning at Hauoma limeworks in Mauriceville before returning south. Left at Double Bridges and over the Bluff then to the finish line located part way up Rangitumau. The short course had 3 starters who turned at Kopuaranga Hall. A solitary e bike also made up the numbers
This course is usually an easy ride but the stiff Westerly wind gave little respite and a tail wind was difficult to find. Break 2 had a good group and worked well together. Together with the tandem they eventually overtook Break 3 and Limit and stayed ahead of Break and Scratch.
The finish was half way up Rangitumau which is an undulating climb relatively sheltered from the wind. In the final dash across the line the veteran rider Mike Wilkinson, who started in Break 3, managed to stay with the lead group and take the win by seconds from Belinda Fuller. Stephen Brown came in for third place
Results Long Course Race Time
1st – Mike Wilkinson Break 3 01:00:03
2nd – Belinda Fuller Break 2 00:56:11
3rd – Stephen Brown Break2 00:56:23
Results Short Course
1st – Gita Van Der Leek 00:54:32
2nd – David Howden 00:55:08
3rd – Michael Cuff 01:00:10
Karen Blade 00:59:57
Belinda Fuller Break 2 00:56:11
Many thanks to the organisers and marshals who made the race possible and for keeping everyone safe.
Next race is Tues 6 December and is a GRR around Millers/Tiffen road circuit. For those unfamiliar with Tiffen, it’s a gravel surface!