Tight racing order of the day
Good fields went to the line in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Canterbury Tree Topping Ltd, 48km graded scratch event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
With a solid field of 17 riders in “A” grade there were plenty of chances on the start line.
It was Oliver Davidson who had the final say in a tight sprint finish with Steve Hands to secure the major spoils in “A” grade.
Fraser Sharp finished strongly to take third place, with Tony Ward in fourth.
“B” grade saw a bunch finish, with Jake Beeman finding enough in the charge to the line to take the victory.
Gary Weston stormed into second place.
Marty Cuttle produced one of his best efforts of the season to take third, with the ever present Jamie Smitheram in fourth.
Paul Chapman secured an all the way win in “C” grade, riding off the front mid race and holding on gamely.
Don Morrison took second place by the barest of margin in a grandstand finish with third place getter Roger Wilson.
Marcel Smithers was on their tails in fourth place.
Brent Hudson had the final say in “D” grade in another hotly contested finish, to take the win.
Kerry Clough was in the thick of the finish to take second, with Dave Shurrock and Rachel Reid rounding out the top four.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.
A great field of juniors went to the line.
Jack Templeton produced a storming ride from the middle marks to find the front and take the victory.
Co-marker Daniel Gould was equally as impressive finishing several seconds behind in second.
Penny Marriott continues to show she will be one to watch in the future, with another trade mark strong ride to take the final podium spot.
Little sister Tegan Marriott gave nothing away, producing a super ride to secure the fourth place spoils.
James Reid and Sarah Gould rounded out the top six.
Scratch marker Mitch Brookland took time honours, riding the distance in 29.39.
Kenny Johnston took division 2 honours, seeing off the challenges from Brian Ellis and Janette Hooper.
Next week the Club travels to Terrace Downs to contest a 50km handicap event.