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.

Marshall lifts Peach Cup

The Tinwald Cycling Club travelled to Methven to contest the Peach Family Cups on Sunday.

The 45km handicap event saw a good field of 45 riders go to the line.

The victor, Matt Marshall and his co-markers worked their way through the field from the break mark to find the front of the race inside the last two and half kilometres.

With a tight finish in the making Marshall showed real strength to gap the group to comfortably claim the winner's spoils on the line.

Sam Letham continued his stellar form securing second place in a tight finish with third place getter Wayne Clement.

Local rider, Marty Cuttle charged into fourth place with Dean Longhurst and Mike Gallagher rounding out the top six.

Scratch rider Steve Hands rode the course in 69.48 to secure fastest time honours from co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson.

The juniors and division 2 competed over 15km.

Ethan Titheridge opened his seasons account with a good win keeping the chasing riders at bay. Madison Clark pulled out a top shelf effort to be right on his tail and deservedly secured the second place ribbon. Rosie Grey continues to ride strongly and was rewarded with third place. Isabella Roulston and Connie Davidson stormed into fourth and fifth respectively.

Bailey O'Donnell rode the distance in 26.43 to take fastest time honours.

Janette Hooper claimed victory and fastest time honours in division 2 with Keryn O'Donnell in the thick of the finish to take second from Tony Tarbotton and Rachel Russell.

Next week the Club will contest a 48km handicap event at Wakanui.

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