Season Pipe Opener

The Tinwald Cycling Club kicked off its summer season of road racing on Sunday with the Everyprint : Health 2000 graded scratch races around the Christies Road block.

With 70 riders participating over a number of grades racing was competitive with close finishers the order of the day.

"A" grade saw a strong field boosted by outer town riders looking for a solid hit before next weekends Christchurch's Elite series race.

It was local riders however who filled the top 3 positions with Michael Templeton proving to strong in the charge to the line taking victory over Steve Hands and Tony Ward. The 36km was covered in 52.34.

Wayne Clement secured "B" grade honours holding on in the sprint to the line from Timaru visitors Glenn Marshall and Trevor Prattley riding the course in 56.43

"C" grade saw a tight finish with a number of riders putting themselves in the mix for victory over the 27km distance. It was Mark Smitheram who lifted the cup riding the distance in 45.09, from Geoff Rhodes and Gene Shurrock.

Nicole Hands rode strongly to take the "D" grade spoils with a hard fought sprint to the line with her co-markers riding the course in 51.22. John Harcourt charged into second place with Colin Teahen in third place.

The "A" juniors contested an 18km scratch race. Bailey O'Donnell had a good hit out leading into next weeks junior Tour of Southland, taking the win from his younger brother Abe who is also heading south. Cameron Prattley rode strongly to secure third place from James Skinner and Oliver Davidson.

Ethan Titheridge opened his season account with a hard fought win over Jake Marshall and Maddi Lowry in the 9km "B" grade event.

Next week the Club will contest a 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.

HOOD SAVES BEST FOR LAST

Bill Hood held out all challengers to take line honours in Tinwald Cycling Club's final race of the season, the Ashburton Trust, 80km Mid Canterbury Championships raced at Wakanui on Saturday.

Hood and his co-marker found the front 45km into the race. With the back markers making strong head way into their lead, Hood made a brave solo 35km bid for glory holding out the chasing riders to claim victory.

Timaru visitor Glen Marshall led in a solid group of riders to secure the second place spoils. Michael Gallagher was rewarded for a top ride to take the final podium position.

The evergreen Neil Wylie showed he can match it with the best taking fourth place and in doing so claimed veteran three fastest time honours.

Fifth place getter Kristine Marriott displayed her class claiming the overall fastest women's honours to round out a top season.

Fastest time honours went to Michael Templeton holding out a strong group of scratch riders, covering the course in a quick 1.54.53.

Tony Ward took second time honours and in doing so secured veteran two time honours with Brad Hudson taking third time.

Michelle Davidson produced a great ride to take veteran 2 women time honours with Shona Proctor building on her good track form to lift veteran 3 women's time honours.

Dave Shurrock delivered his best ride of the season to lift veteran 4 time honours.

Ryan Jackson rounded out his first season of bike racing in fine form claiming the u17 champions title with the well performed Ben Sutton taking fastest time honours over the 32km course.

The u15 title completed over 16km was hard fought with Bella Roulston riding strongly off the front to keep the chasing riders at bay. Connie Davidson charged into second place with Abe O'Donnell continuing his strong season taking the third place spoils.

Fourth placer getter Jessie Banks continues to impress and was rewarded for a top year on the bike with fastest time honours just ahead of Bailey O'Donnell.

Brian Ellis and Janette Hooper continued their weekly division 2 battle with a dead heat finish.

Bancroft holds on gamely

Helen Bancroft took victory in Tinwald Cycling Club's penultimate race of the season, the Frontrunner / Avanti Plus : Kelly's Bar and Cafe, a 60km handicap event around the Blackbridge block on Sunday.

It was a solid hit out for riders leading into the 80km Mid Canterbury Championships next week.

Bancroft rode strongly off a front mark to keep the chasing groups at bay.

Kevin Opele led in the chasing group to secure the second place spoils. Kristine Marriott continued her good form to take third place and lay claims as one of the favourites to take the women's fastest time honours next week. Ross Templeton continued his top run of form sprinting into fourth position.

Martin Hyde and Gary Weston rounded out the top six.

Nigel Douglas is looming as a dark horse next weekend taking fastest time honours in a well contested sprint finish. Douglas led in co-markers Steve Hands and Tony Ward in a time of 83.30.

Jessie Banks back from a successful campaign at the NZ Age Group Track Cycling Championships took the win and fastest time honours in the junior 20km event.

Bailey O'Donnell produced a top shelf effort to lay claims to second place edging younger brother Abe into third. Connie Davidson secured fourth place spoils with Oliver Davidson and Ryan Jackson filling the top six spots.

Brian Ellis took division 2 honours sprinting in Janette Hooper with Shona McGrath-Proctor close behind in third, claiming fastest time.

Next Saturday the Club will host the final race of the season, the 80km Mid-Canterbury Championships around the Wakanui block.  


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