Hudson wins in a tight finish

Tinwald Cycling Club championships titles were up for grabs in the Ashburton MSA Liquor Centre, 64km mass start event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.

Spectators got a grandstand, nose for nose photo finish to determine the overall Club champion, with Brad Hudson getting the nod over the up and coming Hayden Jefferson.

Jefferson’s efforts earned him the under 19 title for 2018.

The evergreen Tony Ward was in the thick of the finish to claim the vet 2 title and third place overall.

These three riders broke clear mid race and keep the foot down, covering the distance in 94.43, ensuring the chasing bunch would not reel them in.

There was plenty to race for in the chasing groups with age group honours on the line.

Gary Weston rolled back the clock to produce a great ride securing the vet 3 spoils.

Matt Marshall saw off all challengers to secure the senior men’s title with Paul Williams taking out the vet 4 spoils.

Kristine Marriott continued her stellar form, lifting the overall women’s championship title.

Michelle Davidson backed up her hard work taking overall second women’s place and in doing so took the vet 2 women’s ribbon.

Shona McGrath claimed the overall women’s final podium position and vet 3 woman’s title.

Emma Hudson was rewarded for her efforts so far this season taking the senior women spoils.

Craig Roulston continued to impress, earning sealed handicap honours and lifting the Kirdy Memorial Cup, with Gene Shurrock and Nick Grijns rounding out the top three spots.

The juniors and division 2 fought out Club Championship honours over 16km.

Oliver Davidson made it back to back winnings claiming the under 17 boys and overall junior championship title, covering the course in a quick 23.53. Ethan Titheridge secured second place and was rewarded for a solid ride picking up the sealed handicap honours.

Caitlin Titheridge also backed up last year’s victory securing the under 17 girls title for 2018.

Maddie Lowry found the line strongly to get her name on the under 15 girls championship honours list for 2 years running.

Debbie Skinner and Janette Hooper could not be separated on the line sharing the victor’s spoils, with Andy Skinner taking third place.

The Club takes a break over the festive season and will resume with a 36km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block on 6 January 2019.         

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