Marriott cleans up

Kristine Marriott kicked off the New Year in the best possible way securing line and fastest time honours in Tinwald Cycling Club's, Bedrock Bar and Stone Grill, 36km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block on Sunday.

Marriott and her co-markers steadily made their way through the field to find the front inside the final 5km ensuring a tight sprint finish.

It was Marriott who hit the line the strongest recording a time of 54.14. Rob Redmond put in a solid sprint to take the second place spoils. Marty Cuttle produced some of his form of old to charge into third place with fourth place getter Brendan Davidson showing the festive season has not slowed him up. Paul Macfie and Martin Hyde rounded out the top half dozen.

The juniors and division 2 competed in an 18km handicap event.

Oliver Davidson secured the victory catching the front marker and rode strongly to ensure the back markers didn't spoil his day. His sister Connie dug deep in the final stages to keep the chasing group at bay to take second place and secure a Davidson quinella. Caitlin Titheridge flew into third place riding the course in 31.17 to take fastest time honours. Ryan Jackson put in a strong ride to secure fourth place.

Janette Hooper had a great hit out lifting the division 2 spoils.

Next week the Club will contest the Wylie Memorial Cup around the Christys Road block.

Christie too hot

One of Tinwald Cycling Club's blue ribbon events was held on Sunday when open and age group Club titles were up for grabs over a 64km course around the Wakanui Beach block. Racing was keen with a good number of spectators around the course offering support.

The decisive break was made mid way through the first lap when Jason Christie and Alex Hooper went off the front of the peloton and stretched out the margin as the race progressed. Christie showed his class on the final lap to put some distance between him and Hooper to secure the Club open and senior championship titles. Hooper was rewarded for his effort with second place in the open grade and lifting the u19 title.

Meanwhile there was plenty of interest in the chasing group results. Michael Templeton led in a group of 11 riders to secure the third place spoils in the open event. The evergreen Tony Ward was in the thick of the finish securing fifth and in doing so claim vet 2 honours. Nathan Tew rounded out the top 6 to lift the u23 title. In the hotly contested vet 1 grade it was Nigel Douglas who found the line the strongest to edge out Michael Gallagher and Kevin Opele in a tight finish.

Lauren Ellis showed the "A" game that has bought her success on both the track and road crossing the line in fourth place overall and securing the women's open and senior titles.

Kristine Marriott lifted second place in the open and secured the vet 1 title in a tough tussle with third place getter Rachel Thow.

Paul Macfie continued his rise in the sport securing the vet 3 title with Bruce McClelland back to some of his best form taking out vet 4 honours.

Lucy Kirwan dug deep to take out the women's vet 2 championship with the highly competitive women's vet 3 grade being won by Janis Crawford.

Sealed handicap honours were taken out by Gene Shurrock with last year's winner Don Morrison in second place. Roger Wilson rounded out the top 3.

Ben Sutton lifted the u17 title covering the 32km distance in 60.49.

Kees Donaldson secured the u15 boys title from the ever improving Ryan Jackson and Cameron Prattley.

Jessie Banks continues her run of hot form taking the u15 girls title but not after a tough battle with second place getter Caitlin Titheridge. Caitlin was rewarded for her top effort with the sealed handicap spoils over Ryan and Kees.

The Club now breaks for the Christmas-New Year period and will be back on the road 19 January 2014.

Hudson takes the win

Brad Hudson sent a warning out to riders leading up to next weeks Club Championships taking victory in Tinwald Cycling Club's, Davidson's Refrigeration and Electrical Ltd, 50km handicap event around the Swamp Road block on Sunday.

Competitors had to contend with wet roads and rain at the top of the course and fine dry roads at the start-finish.

Hudson and his co-markers rode through the field finding the front inside the last 2km, setting up a large bunch sprint.

It was Hudson who found the line the strongest to hold out a game challenge from Christchurch visitor Jono Gee with Nigel Douglas storming into third place.

Matt Marshall and Ross Templeton rounded out the top five.

Hudson was also rewarded for his efforts riding the course in 75.20 to secure fastest time honours from co-markers Gee and Michael Templeton.

The juniors and Division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.

Connie Davidson rode well off the front to keep all the chasing riders at bay and take the victory. Caitlin Titheridge continued her good form to secure second place. Ben Sutton took the final podium position and in doing so secured fastest time honours riding the distance in 28.43. Ryan Jackson and Cameron Prattley were hot on their heals in fourth and fifth spots.

Drew Titheridge bet all comers to take Div 2 honours.

Next week the Club will hold their Club Championships around the Wakanui Beach block.        

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