Smitheram wins in close finish
Jamie Smitheram found the line the strongest in a two up sprint to claim victory in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, 45km handicap event at Methven on Sunday.
Smitheram’s efforts saw him lift the Dean Cooksley Memorial Trophy.
Gene Shurrock produced his best performance of the season to deservedly pick up the second place getter spoils.
The evergreen Don Morrison led in the chasing group to secure third place.
Bruce Blackburn held on gamely to take fourth place.
Paul Williams and Roger Wilson rounded out the top six.
Scratch marker Tony Ward secured fastest time honours, covering the distance in 68.05.
Co-markers Steve Hands and Nigel Douglas took second and third time.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 15km handicap event.
Local rider Lucy Reeve underlined her potential, storming home to secure the win and fastest time honours.
Lucy rode the course in in 27.28.
Holly Douglas-Crawford continued her great first season form with a great ride to take second place.
Debbie Skinner took division 2 honours in a close finish with Janette Hooper.
Kenny Johnston secured third place and fastest time honours.
Next week the Club will travel to Rakaia to contest a 50km handicap event on the new Gardiners Road block.
Sheed lifts Wylie Memorial
Bridget Sheed dug deep in hot summer conditions to take the victory in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Wylie Family, 45km handicap event around the Christys Road block on Sunday.
Riding off the front mark Sheed paced herself perfectly, ensuring the chasing bunch was kept at bay and lift the Alan Wylie Memorial Cup.
Cole Beeman led in the chasing group to secure the second place spoils.
Susie Stewart produced a solid ride to claim the final podium position.
Fourth place getter Penny Costello was in the thick of the finish.
Dave Shurrock and Jamie Smitheram rounded out the top half dozen.
Scratch marker Tony Ward secured fastest time honours, riding the distance in 69.51.
Nigel Douglas and Sam Clement-Stewart secured second and third time.
The juniors and division 2 contested an 18km handicap event.
Holly Douglas-Crawford produced an awesome effort to take the victory in the junior race.
Tom Reid pulled out a top shelf ride to take the second place spoils.
Zac Brookland rode strongly, charging into third place.
Tegan Marriott held on gamely for fourth place.
Scratch marker Ferg Sail stormed into fifth place and in doing so secured fastest time honours.
Zoe Spillane rounded the out the top six.
Brian Ellis nosed out Kenny Johnston to take the division 2 spoils with Janette Hooper securing third place.
Next week the Club travels to Methven to contest a 45km handicap event.
Sharp too sharp
The festive season cobwebs were blown out on Sunday in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, On Your Bike Hire, Phat Duck Brew Bar and Kitchen, 35km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block.
Christchurch visitor Fraser Sharp broke away early, making a solo bid for victory.
He found the front late in the race and held off the chasing riders to take the win and lift the J C Blackburn Memorial Cup.
Marty Hyde carried his good early season form over to claim second place in a tight finish with Roger Wilson.
Alex Holmes rounded out a solid race in fourth place.
Marcel Smithers continuing, to improve every outing, stormed into fifth place.
Amy Ferguson produced a top ride to round out the top six.
Scratch marker Nigel Douglas secured fastest time honours, riding the course in 51.59.
Co-markers Oliver Davidson and Tony Ward took second and third time.
The juniors and Division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.
Ryan Gallagher produced a top shelf effort to catch the front and charge to victory.
Cooper Spillane was hot on his tail to claim the second place spoils.
Scratch rider Ferg Sail stormed into second place and in doing so lifted fastest time honours, riding the distance in 31.06.
Zoe Spillane was close behind in fourth, with Zac Brookland and Lily Davidson filling the top half dozen.
Kenny Johnston took division 2 honours from Andy and Debbie Skinner.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Christies Road block.