Shepherd claims Peach Cup
Andrew Shepherd made his trip to the foothill’s town of Methven on Sunday worth its while.
Shepherd claimed victory and lifted the Peach Cup in Tinwald Cycling Club’s 45km handicap event.
A select group of five riders found the front late in the race but were well aware that the chasing bunch was pushing hard and had them in their sights leading into the final kilometres.
Shepherd had the best of the charge to the line to edge out second place getter Ryan Spillane.
Dave Shurrock turned the clock back with a strong finish to secure the third place spoils.
Kerry Clough backed up his recent good form with a solid fourth place, while
Brain Ellis put in a good days work to take fifth place.
Nick Grijns let the chasing group in to round out the top six.
Scratch marker Oliver Davidson took fastest time honours riding the course in 67.12.
Co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson claimed second and third time respectively.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 15km handicap event.
James Reid pulled out a great ride to take the win. He had to work hard in the sprint to the line to see off the challenge of the fast finishing Sarah Gould.
Sarah was rewarded for her efforts with second place.
First time starter Lucy Reeve, showed she will be one to watch, took the final podium position.
Leah Reid, Lily Davidson, and Daniel Gould rounded out the top six.
Back marker Ethan Titheridge secured fastest time honours riding the distance in 26.00.
Kenny Johnstone caught second place getter Hillary Singlewood in the last 100 metres to claim division 2 spoils.
Next week the Club will contest a 48km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.
Hot Day of Racing
Tinwald Cycling Club contested the LL Kirwan and Sons Ltd : AshburtonOnline graded scratch event around the Blackbridge block on Sunday.
This saw the “A” and “B” graders compete over 57km, with “C” and “D” battling it out over 38km.
There was the added challenge of managing the rising temperatures that tipped into the 30’s.
Brad Hudson had the final say in the charge to the line to secure the “A”
spoils, riding the distance in 90.10.
Tony Ward and Cole Harris took and second and third places respectively.
A large field of “B” graders fought out a tight finish, with last week’s winner Flynn Beeman, backing up with the victory.
Beeman rode the course in 96.14.
Hot on his heals was the fast finishing Chris Reid, with Paul Sinclair in the thick of the finish claiming third place.
Marty Cuttle hit the line strongly to secure “C” honours, recording a time of 65.57.
Marty Hyde continued his good early season form with second place, while Jake Beeman lifted third place in his first hit out of the season.
“D” grade saw the third runner in the Beeman stable, Cole Beeman come out on top, in a time of 75.44.
Dewalt Venter produced a solid ride to take second place with Kerry Clough finishing strongly in third.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 19km handicap event.
The result was only decided on the line, with Jack Templeton claiming the victory after a tight sprint finish with second place getter Daniel Gould.
Sarah Gould made it a good day for the family securing the third place spoils.
Zoe Spillane produced a great ride to take fourth place. Zac Brookland and James Reid rounding out the top six.
Scratch marker Ethan Titheridge claimed fastest time honours, riding the distance in 33.38.
Kenny Johnstone secured division 2 honours from Hillary Singlewood and Sue Templeton.
Next week the Club travels to Methven to contest a 45km handicap event.
Beeman on top
Flynn Beeman produced a top ride to secure the victory and major spoils in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Nelson Building Society, 48km handicap event around the Grahams Road block on Sunday.
Beeman made a solo bid for glory into the tough head wind finish, chasing down the front markers inside the final 3km.
Co-marker Nigel Chatterton dug deep in the concluding stages to claim second place.
Front markers Liz Wylie and Nigel Leary put up a brave effort in challenging conditions to deservedly secure third and fourth places respectively.
Cole Beeman made it a good day for the Beeman stable charging into fifth place, with Larry Neal rounding out the top six.
Scratch marker Hayden Jefferson claimed fastest time honours, riding the distance in 70.30. Nigel Douglas and Steve Caldwell secured second and third time.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 16km handicap event.
Back marker Maddi Lowry rode through the field to claim the win and fastest time honours. Maddi rode the distance in 28.53.
It was a close fought event with Maddi catching the front marker Holly Crawford-Douglas in the shadow of the finish line.
Holly held on for second place, with the fast finishing Lily Davidson taking the third place spoils.
Sarah Gould produced a great ride to take fourth place.
Leah Reid stormed home to take fifth place, with Daniel Gould charging into sixth place.
Kenny Johnstone secured division 2 bragging rights.
Next week the Club will contest a graded scratch race around the Blackbridge block.