JOHNS HAS FINAL SAY
Allan Johns and Lucy Kirwan showed plenty of fight riding off the front mark to keep the entire field at bay in Tinwald Cycling Club's, McDonald Family Restaurant, 48km handicap event on Sunday.
With the line in sight Johns called on his years of experience, timing his sprint to perfection to claim the victory. Kirwan produced her best ride of the season to deservedly take the second place spoils.
Ross Templeton led in a solid chasing bunch to secure third place. Sam Letham, Michael Gallagher and Rob Hooper rounded out the top six.
Scratch rider, Steve Hands recorded the fastest time of the day covering the course in 65.59 with co-markers Nathan Tew and Tony Ward taking second and third time.
Oliver Davidson had a day to remember in the junior 16km handicap race sweeping the major spoils, claiming overall victory and fastest time honours riding the distance in 31.31.
Ryan Jackson backed up last week's top effort with second place and recording second fastest time.
Charlotte Gray continues her rise in the sport claiming third place with Maddie Lowry, Luke Skinner and Rosie Gray filling the next three spots. Scratch rider, James Skinner took third fastest time.
Division 2 saw Janette Hooper take the win and fastest time honours from Tony Tarbotton and Kerry Clough.
Next week the Club will contest a 50km handicap event around the Swamp Road block.
Domigan has Final Say
The Tinwald Cycling Club travelled to Mt Somers to contest the Mt Somers Tavern, Darryl Phillips Motors Ltd, 45km mass start race on Sunday.
The event incorporates a sealed handicap component giving all riders an opportunity to be amongst the major prizes as well as line honours up for grabs.
An early break of nine riders got off the front before Jason Christie made a solo bid.
He was eventually chased down by an eight strong group in the latter stages of the race to set up a grand stand finish.
Craig Domigan fresh from competing in the recent Tour of Southland hit the line the strongest, recording a time of 65.16, to claim line honours. Nathan Tew continued his good form taking second place with Christie securing the final podium position.
Brad Hudson and Michael Templeton rounded out the top five.
The next group on the road saw the first two sealed handicap place getters. It was Marty Cuttle who finished the strongest to claim the trophy with Doug Lowry having his best race of the season securing second place. Lisa Goldsburg pulled out a top shelf ride to take third place with Nigel Leary in fourth.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 20km handicap race.
With a good field of riders making the most of the summer weather, Ryan Jackson seized his opportunity to claim victory with a strong sprint to the line to get up over second place getter Ethan Titheridge. Luke Skinner dug deep to take the third place spoils. Maddie Lowry and India Domigan filled the next two positions.
Bailey O'Donnell rode the course in 34.11 to take fastest time honours from Abe O'Donnell and Matt Clough.
Rachel Russell saw off the challengers to take division 2 honours with Tony Tarbotton in second place. Shona McGrath-Proctor secured third and fastest time.
Next week the Club will contest a 48km handicap event around the Grahams Road block.
Ward on Top
The evergreen Tony Ward lifted the major spoils in Tinwald Cycling Club's, Tavendale and Partners Ltd, David Smith Suryeying Ltd, 48km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
With Club patron, long time rider, and supporter, 85 year old Merv Ineson on hand to watch the race and present his Cups, it was fitting that Ward, one of the longest standing riders in the Club, secured victory in a bunch sprint and in doing so also take fastest time honours.
Ward and his co-markers, riding off the scratch mark, steadily made their way through the field to find the front inside the last 4km. It was Ward who had the final say in the kick to the line to edge out Nathan Tew. Steve Hands claimed third place with Brad Hudson and Nigel Douglas in the thick of the finish to round out the top five.
Ward's riding time was 68.07.
The juniors and division 2 competed over 16km.
Matt Clough opened his season account with a strong ride to secure victory in the junior event. Oliver Davidson produced his best ride of the season to date to charge into second place. Front markers Maddie Lowry and Maddison Clark showed plenty of fight to take third and fourth places respectively with Ryan Jackson storming into fifth.
Bailey O'Donnell covered the course in 28.03 to claim fastest time honours from Abe O'Donnell and Connor Leov.
Kerry Clough mirrored his son's efforts to take division 2 honours from Janette Hooper who secured fastest time honours and second place with Rachel Russell and Tony Tarbotton rounding out the top 4.
Next week the Club travels to Mt Somers to contest a 45km mass start event.