Bancroft puts training to good use
Helen Bancroft reaped the rewards of a solid winter of training when claiming victory in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Brad Hudson Flooring, Mathieson Chartered Accountants, 38km handicap event around the Wakanui – Hakatere course on Sunday.
Starting off the front mark Bancroft soon found a steady tempo and fought on bravely into a strong homeward bound headwind to keep the chasing bunches at bay.
Matt Donald showed he will be one to watch during the season leading in the chasing group to secure second place.
Sam Baltrop made his first hit out since his junior days of racing a memorable one taking the third place spoils.
Ross Templeton, Cole Harris, and Kyle Gray produced top rides to round out the top six.
Michael Templeton claimed back to back fastest time honours, riding the distance in 55.29.
Co-markers Steve Hands and Brad Hudson took second and third time respectively.
The juniors and Division 2 contested a 14km handicap race.
Sarah Gould went one better than the week before to lift the trophy and major spoils in the junior race.
Mitch Brookland fresh from the Yunca Tour, produced a great ride to take second place and in doing so claim fastest time honours, riding the distance in 24.54.
Jack Templeton showed a great kick to the line to step onto the final podium position.
Daniel Gould was hot on his tail in fourth place, with Tegan Marriott and Charlotte Neal next across the line.
Emma Hudson had the final say in the division 2 battle to take the win from Janette Hooper and Kenny Johnson.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Dawsons Road block.
Turner takes the win
Tom Turner made his trip across the Rakaia River worth his while on Sunday when taking victory in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, ACL : Small Business Accounting, 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.
Riding off the front mark Turner kept the chasing bunches at bay to secure the major spoils.
Ed Hobson found the line the strongest to secure second place from Penny Costello who rounded out a good day taking third place.
Wayne Whiting continued on his good early season form with a fourth place finish.
Sam Cuttle and Lucy Kirwan rounded out the top six.
Scratch marker Michael Templeton claimed fastest time honours riding the distance in a solid 44.14.
Co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson secured second and third time respectively.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.
Ryan Gallagher showed a clean set of heels in the final kick to the line to lift the winner’s cup.
Sarah Gould showed plenty of spirit to secure second place.
Sarah’s big brother Daniel stormed home to step up to the final podium position.
Charlotte Neal and Jack Templeton took fourth and fifth places.
Sixth place getter Maddi Lowry rode the course in 29.08 to claim fastest time honours.
Janette Hooper led home the division 2 riders in a close finish to claim the victory and fastest time honours.
Andy and Debbie Skinner filled the final two podium spots.
Next week the Club will contest a 38km handicap event around the Wakanui – Hakatere course with registration on Wilsons Road.
All Four Season In One Day
The Tinwald Cycling Club kicked off its 2020/21 cycling season with the Dpi / EmbriodMe : Health 2000 graded scratch race around the Christys Road block.
The event started and finished in bright sunlight with riders enduring a hail storm and building winds mid race, adding some spice to the day.
“A” and “B” grade rode over 36km.
Steve Hands put his winter training to good use, producing a strong ride to claim “A” honours, riding the distance in 54.00.
Tony Ward and Brad Hudson rounded out the top three positions.
The “B” spoils went to Mike Gallagher, who was too strong in a tight finish, seeing off the challenges of Kyle Gray and Sam Clement-Stewart in the charge to the line.
“C” and “D” grade raced over 27km.
Brian Goodes showed he will be one to watch during the season, securing “C” grade honours, covering the course in 49.58.
Shona McGrath pulled out a top shelf ride to take second place, with Craig Roulston charging into third place.
Wayne Whiting made the trip south worth its while lifting the “D” grade winners cup.
Emma Hudson produced an eye catching ride to take second place with Richard Begg stepping up to the final podium position.
The juniors also contested a graded scratch event with the “A” graders riding over 18km and “B” graders 9km.
It was a good day for the Spillane stable.
Zoe rode the course in 36.21, to secure victory in “A” grade, seeing of the strong challenges of Will Saunders and Ryan Gallagher.
Meanwhile little brother Copper took “B” honours with an equally strong ride.
Charlotte Neal having her first start put in an awesome effort to take second place.
Tom Reid dug deep to secure the third place spoils.
Kenny Johnston took division 2 honours in a tight finish with second place getter Janette Hooper.
Next week the Club will contest a 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.