Brookland bags the win
Big fields were the order of the day in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Brad Hudson Flooring, Mathieson Chartered Accountants, 38km handicap event around the Wakanui – Hakatere course on Sunday.
With 60 riders going to the line in the senior race, the result was wide open.
Shane Brookland proved to be the strongest on the day, who along with his break co-markers found the front of the race inside the last 2km.
Brookland jumped clear in the charge to the line to take the hard earned victory.
Kristine Marriott kicked off her season with a solid ride to secure the second place spoils.
Rob Hooper finished out the race strongly to claim the final podium spot.
Paul Chapman, John Uden, and Paul Sinclair were in the thick of the finish to round out the top six.
Scratch marker Oliver Davidson kicked clear in the charge to the line to secure fastest time honours, riding the course in 53.19.
Co-markers Tony Ward and Nigel Douglas took second and third time respectively.
A great field of juniors contested a 16km handicap event.
Lily Davidson dusted off her bike and opened her seasons account in the best possible way with a win.
Hayden Young put in an awesome effort to hang on by the smallest of margins to secure second place.
Jack Templeton pulled out a top shelf effort to claim the third place spoils.
Brodie Young was hot on his tail in fourth place.
James Reid and Ryan Gallagher rounded out the top six.
Joshua Young made it a good day for the Young stable, securing fastest time honours, riding the distance in 32.10.
Zoe Spillane and Flynn Turnbull took second and third time honours.
Rachel Reid secured the division 2 victory.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Dawson’s Road block.
Jefferson sets early season mark
The back markers proved too strong, riding through the field to claim the major spoils in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Ashburton Contracting Limited, Small Business Accounting, 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
Hayden Jefferson continues to impress, seeing off the challenges of his co-markers to secure the victory and fastest time honours, riding the distance in 45.50.
Tony Ward was hard on his heels, taking second place, with Nigel Douglas showing good early season form in third.
Larry Neal produced an eye catching ride from the middle marks to take fourth place.
Nick Grijns and Marty Cuttle should be happy with their afternoons work, rounding out the top six.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.
Cooper Spillane had a day to remember, holding on gamely to take the win.
Zac Brookland charged into second place with a strong ride.
Ryan Gallagher, having his first taste of Sunday road cycling, showed he will be amongst the prizes this season, securing third place honours.
Christchurch visitor Caitlin Murray had a great ride to take fourth place.
Maddi Lowry covered the course in 27.56 to lift fastest time honours and fifth place.
Andy Skinner found the finish line first, to take division 2 honours.
Next week the Club will contest a 38km handicap event on the Wakanui-Hakatere course.
Cycling season kicks off under blue skies
In excess of 60 riders were greeted with perfect spring conditions when they went to the line in Tinwald Cycling Club’s first event of the season, the Health 2000, Dpi / EmboidMe graded scratch race, around the Christys Road block on Sunday.
“A” and “B” grade honours were contested over 36km while “C” and “D” grade battled it out over 27km.
Oliver Davidson carried his good form on from his second place in the Twizel-Timaru Classic, to secure the winners spoils in “A” grade, riding the distance in 52.08.
Tony Ward was in the thick of the sprint finish to take second place, with Nigel Douglas and Brad Hudson rounding out the top four.
“B” grade also saw a bunch finish with Caitlin Titheridge showing a clean set of heels in the charge to the line, to lift the winner’s trophy, covering the distance in 56.31.
Matt Marshall stormed home to take second place honours.
John Uden and Kevin Opele showed good early season form, filling third and fourth places respectively.
Roger Wilson kicked his season off in the best possible way taking victory in “C” grade. Wilson rode the course in 44.00.
In another tight finish Larry Neal charged into second place, with Don Morrison and Shona McGrath-Proctor in the thick of the finish taking the minor spoils.
Veteran Tony McManus saw off the challengers on his way to victory in “D” grade, recording a time of 47.59.
Sisters Amy Ferguson and Nicole Hands produced top rides to fill the final two podium positions. Amy secured bragging rights this week getting up to take second place. Dave Shurrock rounded out the top four.
The junior “A” graders competed over 18km with the “B” graders covering 9km.
Maddie Lowry showed her strength taking “A” grade honours, riding the distance in 31.31. Zoe Spillane put up a good fight to take second place with Mitch Brookland securing the third place spoils.
First timers James Reid and Cooper Spillane went to the line in “B” grade.
James had a great race to take the winner’s trophy, riding the course in 20.10. Cooper showed plenty of fight to storm home in second place.
Hillary Singlewood saw off all challengers to secure division 2 victory.
Next week the Club will contest a 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.