Ward lifts Dean Cooksley Memorial
It was another day for the back markers in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Dean Cooksley Memorial, 45km handicap event around the Methven block on Sunday.
With growing winds and temperature the scratch trio powered their way through the field to find the front of the race in the final 7km.
Tony Ward had the best of the charge to the line to take the victor’s spoils and also claim fastest time, riding the course in 68.50.
Larry Neal produced another solid ride to take second place.
Kyle Grey was in the thick of the finish to take the final podium position.
Rob Hooper battled gamely to secure fourth spot.
Kev Opele led in the chasing bunch to take fifth position, with Paul Summerfield rounding out the top six.
The juniors and division 2 competed over 15km.
It was the front marker Tom Reid who pulled out all the stops, riding strongly to keep the chasing riders at bay and take the win.
Jack Templeton, riding off the back mark, took second place and fastest time honours, riding the distance in 33.39.
James Reid dug deep, charging home to secure third spot.
Kenny Johnston produced a top shelf ride to secure division 2 honours and fastest time.
Merv Grewar was on top of his game in second place.
Brian Ellis led in the bunch to take third position.
Next week the Club will travel to Gardiners Road Rakaia to contest a 50km handicap event.
Hands too strong
As is often the case, the back markers fared the best in the tough rising windy conditions in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Wylie Family, 45km handicap event around the Christys Road block on Sunday.
Carrying on from his recent success in the Club Championships, Steve Hands produced another strong ride to take the win in a bunch sprint with his co-markers.
Hands efforts also saw him lift fastest time honours, covering the distance in 63.14.
Kyle Grey continues to impress with a strong ride to secure second place and second time spoils.
Tony Ward claimed the final podium position and in doing so took third time honours.
Sam Clement-Stewart put in a solid ride to take fourth spot.
John McIntosh and Rob Hooper rounded out the top half dozen.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 18km handicap event.
In a two sprint to the line, it was Ryan Gallagher who found a little bit extra to secure a great win from a gallant Jack Templeton.
Both these two had ridden strongly from the middle marks to find the front and hold on strongly to stay away from the chasing riders.
Daniel Gould had a great ride to take third place and fastest time honours, riding the course in 37.08.
Tom Reid, James Reid, and Sarah Gould also put in a good days work to fill the top six spots.
Kenny Johnston had his best race of the season to take division 2 honours and record the fastest time.
Merv Grewar was back on the podium in second place.
The Skinner duo of Debbie and Andy took third and fourth places respectively.
Next week the Club will travel to Methven to contest a 45km handicap event.
Costello in good New Year’s form
Penny Costello kicked the New Year off in the best possible way taking victory in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Phat Duck Brew Bar and Kitchen, On Your Bike Hire, 36km handicap event round the Winchmore block on Sunday.
Costello and her co-markers worked hard to find the front of the race in the later part of the final lap and held on strongly to keep the chasing bunches at bay.
In the sprint to the line it was Costello who had the final say to take the victor’s spoils.
Abbey Horricks had a great ride to secure second place.
Liz Wylie produced a storming ride to charge into third place.
Nig Chatterton will be pleased with his early year form taking fourth place with Helen Bancroft and Paul Summerfield rounding out the top six.
Scratch marker Brent Spencer led in a good bunch of co-markers to secure fastest time honours, riding the distance in 49.00.
The ever-consistent Tony Ward, and Sam Manson secured second and third time respectively.
The juniors and division 2 contested an 18km handicap event.
The front markers Honor Bradford and Penny Marriott rode strongly to find the line first.
It was Honor who had the best of the sprint finish to claim victory, with Penny taking second place.
Ryan Gallagher carried over his good end of year form to take third place.
Zac Brookland and Zoe Spillane made their trip north worthwhile securing fourth the fifth places.
Sixth place getter, back marker Mitch Brookland lifted fastest time honours, covering the course in 29.47.
Debbie Skinner claimed bragging rights in division 2 getting home first in a bunch sprint from Kenny Johnston and Andy Skinner.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Christies Road block.