Win for Knight

Dave Knight found the line the strongest to claim victory in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Darryl Phillips Motors : Goodman Tavendale Reid Law, 48km handicap event around the Grahams Road block on Sunday.

Knight jumped early to create a small gap that he held to the line with the next 11 riders finishing within 2 seconds of each other.

It was Glen Moore who secured second place in the tight finish with Pam Harcourt charging into third place. Allan Johns continued his early season improvements with a hard fought fourth. Lucy Kirwan rounded out the top five.

Scratch rider Nathan Tew took fastest time honours covering the course in 67.46. Co-markers Tony Ward and Scott Albon took second and third time.

The juniors rode a 16km handicap race.

Ben Sutton continued his success of late picking up the win and fastest time honours, riding the distance in 29.46. Jenna Borthwick rode a super race to take the second place spoils. Oliver Davidson was rewarded for some solid rides over recent weeks to take third place with Caitlin Titheridge and Cameron Prattley filling the top five spots.

Next week the Club will contest a 50km handicap event around the Swamp Road block.

Nesbitt goes back to back

Rob Nesbitt has found the winning way having secured back to back wins in Tinwald Cycling Clubs Sunday racing.   Nesbitt claimed victory in the Ross Templeton Motors : David Smith Surveying Ltd, 48km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block, having made a solo break in the final lap to find the front and hold out the challengers in the final sprint to the line.

Bruce Albon hit the line strongly to take second place honours narrowly over the improving Brendan Davidson who stormed into third place.  Glen Moore and Janis Crawford rounded out the top five.    

Scratch marker Nathan Tew rode the course in 69.07 to take fastest time honours from co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson.

A good field of juniors competed over 16km.

Ethan Titheridge also achieved back to back victories securing the win by the barest of margins over second place getter Jenna Borthwick.  Connie Davidson was in the thick of the finish to take the third place spoils.  Ben Sutton covered the course in 28.32 to record the fastest time from co-marker Jessie Banks.

Next week the Club travels to Mt Somers.

Christie shows class

The Tinwald Cycling Club travelled to the hills to contest a 45km mass start race at Mt Somers on Sunday.

The splits in the field came inside the first 5km with a group of 7 riders getting off the front of the main group. This group splintered into 3 short of the Hakatere Station turn around.

It was Jason Christie fresh from top shelf results in the Tour de Ijen in Indonesia who found the front and drove home his advantage from a game Nathan Tew who deservedly secured the second place spoils. Brad Hudson continued his good form claiming third place with Christchurch visitor Johno Gee and Tony Ward rounding out the top five.

Andrew Shepherd, having his first hit out of the season, secured the sealed handicap honours with Don Morrison and Gary Weston realising their potential to fill second and third places respectively.

The juniors and division 2 rode a 16km event.

Christchurch junior Louie Brown was too good taking the victory from fellow Club mate Joe Hutchinson. Abe O'Donnell showed his strength to take third spot with Connie Davidson and Oliver Davidson securing fourth and fifth places.

Renee Gage powered home to secure the top podium position in Division 2 from the ever improving Barry Linwood with Sonya Hyde rounding out the top 3.

Next week the Club will contest a 48km handicap event around the Grahams Road block.  

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