CLOSE FINISHES ORDER OF THE DAY
The Tinwald Cycling Club kicked off its summer season of road racing with the Health 2000 : dpi / EmbroidMe graded scratch race around the Christy’s Road block on Sunday.
A good field of in-excess of 50 riders went to the start line.
“A” and “B” grade competed over 35km, while “C” and “D” covered 26km.
Brad Hudson had the final say in the charge to the finish to claim “A” honours, seeing off the challenges of Tony Ward and Shane Brookland. Hudson covered the distance in 52.23.
The “B” grade spoils went to Mark Summerfield, who timed his final effort to perfection. Paul Macfie charged into second place with the ever improving Don Sutton securing third place. Summerfield’s riding time was 56.02.
Gary Weston showed his sprinting prowess taking victory in “C” grade in a time of 44.16. Gene Shurrock kicked his season off with a solid second place ride, with Don Morrison getting up for third in a tight finish.
“D” grade also came down to a bunch sprint with Brian Ellis showing a clean set of heels to take the win from the fast-finishing Lucy Kirwan and Emma Hudson. Ellis recorded a time of 49.49.
With national schools racing on over the weekend a small but enthusiastic field of juniors went to the line.
Mitch Brookland secured “A” grade honours riding the 18km in 36.32.
Zoe Spillane rode a strong 9km race to take the “B” spoils in a time of 18.37. Zac Brookland put in a great effort to take second place.
Janette Hooper secured the division 2 victory from Debbie Skinner, riding the 18km in 36.22.
Next week the Club will contest a 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.
Chapman brothers – One, Two
It was a Chapman brothers quinella in Tinwald Cycling Club’s penultimate event of the season on Sunday, the Templeton Motors , 65km handicap event raced around the Wakanui – Hakatere 7 rises course.
The brothers settled into their work early ensuring that the chasing bunches weren’t going to catch them.
Simon Chapman pulled clear in the final 12km to take the victory and lift the trophy.
Paul Chapman battled bravely in a solo bid to keep the charging field at bay, getting to the line in second with time to spare.
Wayne Clement put in another top shelf performance to claim third place and secure fastest time honours riding the course in 98.10.
Tony Ward and Steve Hands followed Clement in to take fourth and fifth along with second and third time respectively.
Brad Hudson took six place with seventh place getter Kristine Marriott securing the fastest women spoils.
Gary Weston found himself at the busy end of the race and lifted a race bonus prize, being the first over 55 years of age rider home.
The juniors and division 2 contested at 18km handicap event.
Ethan Stainger rounded out a great summer of racing taking the win and also third fastest time honours.
Chloe Kiesanowski showed plenty of heart getting pipped on the line but was rewarded with the second place spoils.
Jake Marshall stormed into third place and in doing so took second fastest time.
Fourth place getter Ashton Stainger lifted fastest time honours covering the distance in 36.19.
Paige Kiesanowski and Lily Davidson rounded out the top six.
Sue Templeton held out the chasing group to take division 2 spoils, with Liz Wylie and Andy Skinner taking the final two podium positions.
Next Saturday Mid Canterbury titles will be up for grabs in the final race of the season, a 60km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.
Sinclair has final say
A good field of riders battled the hot conditions in Tinwald Cycling Club’s, Calder Stewart, 60km handicap event around the Blackbridge block on Sunday.
Paul Sinclair put his recent solid base of Coast to Coast racing and training to good use winning a tight bunch sprint to lift the victor’s spoils.
Hugh Copland produced another solid performance to claim second place.
Paul Macfie charged into third place, securing the final podium position.
Ross Templeton, Paul Summerfield, and Michelle Davidson who worked hard in the group, rounded out the top half dozen.
Tony Ward led his scratch co-markers in to claim fastest time honours, riding the distance in 87.00. Alex Hooper and Brad Hudson secured second and third time.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 20km handicap event.
Ashton Stainger continued his good form taking the win and fastest time honours. Ashton rode the course in 37.37.
Paige Kiesanowski was right on his tail in second place, claiming second and second fastest time honours.
It was a good day for the Stainger stable with Ashton’s younger brother Ethan securing third place.
Chloe Kiesanowski and Lily Davidson filled the top 5 positions.
Janette Hooper led in the division 2 bunch to secure the win, with Andy and Debbie Skinner in the thick of the finish.
Next week the Club will host the penultimate event of the season, a 65km handicap event around the Wakanui 7 rises course.