Ladies lead the way
The ladies led the way in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, White Fox and Jones Lawyers, 45km handicap event around the Dawson’s Road block on Sunday.
The front markers worked hard in raising temperatures to keep the chasing groups at bay.
It was recent new comer to the district, Marcel Smithers, who had the final say in a four-up sprint to the line, claiming the victory and lifting the major spoils.
The evergreen Dave Shurrock produced another solid ride to secure second place.
Kerry Clough was in the thick of the finish to claim the final podium position.
Liz Wylie produced her best performance of the season, putting in a sterling effort to take fourth place.
Ronnie Campbell and Doug Coley led in the chasing bunch to secure fifth and sixth places respectively.
Kristine Marriott kept the ladies at the forefront of the day, claiming fastest time honours, riding the distance in 68.48.
Co-markers Coleman Burke and Richard Kirwan took second and third time.
The juniors and Division 2 contested a 15km handicap event.
Alex Holmes, building towards a Coast to Coast team’s debut, produced a powerful sprint to take victory in the junior event.
Maddi Lowry continued her good form to secure second place and second time.
Back marker Ethan Titheridge rode strongly to take third place and fastest time honours, riding the course in 24.51.
Debbie Skinner secured division 2 honours from Janette Hooper and Mary Pearson.
Next week the Club will contest a 48km handicap event on the Grahams road block.
Spencer turns on the power
The back markers made the most of the tougher conditions to work their way through the field to claim the major spoils in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Brad Hudson Flooring, Mathieson Chartered Accountants, 38km handicap event on Sunday.
Brent Spencer showed his strength on the rolling Wakanui - Hakatere course to hold out his co-markers on the finish line to secure the victory and fastest time honours, riding the course in 54.05.
Tony Ward delivered his usual gutsy ride to second place and time.
Myles O’Donnell showed his winter training was not put to waste producing a top effort to claim the final podium position.
Sam Clements-Stewart, Craig Roulston and Doug Coley rounded out the top six.
Nigel Douglas was close behind to lift the third fastest time spoils.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 14km handicap event.
Zoe Spillane, fresh from competing in the junior Tour of Southland rode a solid race to take the victory and fastest time honours, riding the distance in 29.30.
First time starter Ben Pearson dug deep to secure the second place spoils.
Division 2 honours went to Janette Hooper in a tight finish with Debbie Skinner.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Dawsons Road block.
Stainger solo’s to victory
Jason Stainger produced a strong solo effort to take victory in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Ashburton Contracting Ltd, Small Business Accounting, 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
With the race coming together in the concluding stages, Stainger dug deep to keep the chasing groups at bay.
Don Summerfield led in the chasing group to secure the second place spoils. Michelle Knight is riding herself into some of the good form she showed last season, claimed the final podium position.
Don Morrison, Nigel Chatterton, and Shane Gerken rounded out a competitive top six.
Scratch marker Shane Brookland rode the distance in 46.25 to secure fastest time honours from co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson.
The juniors contested a 16km handicap event.
Jack Templeton opened his season account with a hard fought win, breaking away on the final rise and holding on to lift the trophy.
Zac Brookland showed plenty of fight to take the second place spoils.
Maddie Lowry put her recent good form to the test to secure third place and third fastest time honours.
Scratch marker Ethan Titheridge charged through the field to take fourth spot and fastest time honours, riding the course in 25.40.
Caitlin Titheridge continuing her good form securing second fastest time honours.
Debbie Skinner reversed last weeks result to take division 2 victory from Janette Hooper, with Sue Templeton riding into third place.
Next week the Club will contest a 38km handicap event around the Wakanui – Hakatere course.