Hands shows class
Steve Hands topped off a stellar first half of the Tinwald Cycling Clubs season, scoring victory in the Ashburton Club and MSA Super Liquor, Club Championships contested over 64km around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
The odds on favourite made his decisive move on the final rise of the 4 lap event and soloed the last 4km to victory.
Hands covered the distance in 92.08.
Hands along with second place getter Brad Hudson, third place getter Larry Neal, and vet 3 men’s winner Tony Ward had earlier snuck of the front of the race on the first lap.
The chasing group contained vet 2 men’s champion Mike Gallagher, along with senior men’s title holder Cole Harris.
Kristine Marriott was in the thick of this bunch, producing her trade mark tough ride, to lift the open women’s championship title.
Sam Cuttle continued his solid built up for the Coast to Coast, lifting the under 19 title.
Paul Williams capped off his recent good form, securing vet 4 men’s championship honours.
Marcel Smithers continued her hot start to the season claiming the vet 1 women’s ribbon, with Michelle Knight securing the senior women’s major spoils.
Liz Wylie was rewarded for a great rode lifting the vet 4 women’s title.
Wayne Whiting rode strongly to secure sealed handicap honours.
The juniors raced for Club championship honours over 16km.
Mitch Brookland showed his dominance securing an all the way victory in the under 17 grade. Mitch rode the course in 27.02.
Maddi Lowry ensured her last race in junior ranks would be a memorable one, claiming the under 17 girls title.
Zoe Spillane continues to impress, rounding out a good first half of the season with the under 15 championship ribbon.
Zac Brookland topped off a good day for the Brookland stable taking the under 15 boys title.
Ryan Gallagher rode a super race to lift sealed handicap honours.
Paul Brake took the bragging rights in division 2, getting up over his wife Monique in a tough sprint finish.
Kyla Smith secured the final podium position.
Merv Grewar finished the year of with the sealed handicap envelope.
The Club will take a break over Christmas and kick the New Year off with a 36km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block on 10 January 2021.