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.
Hands shows class
Steve Hands topped off a stellar first half of the Tinwald Cycling Clubs season, scoring victory in the Ashburton Club and MSA Super Liquor, Club Championships contested over 64km around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
The odds on favourite made his decisive move on the final rise of the 4 lap event and soloed the last 4km to victory.
Hands covered the distance in 92.08.
Hands along with second place getter Brad Hudson, third place getter Larry Neal, and vet 3 men’s winner Tony Ward had earlier snuck of the front of the race on the first lap.
The chasing group contained vet 2 men’s champion Mike Gallagher, along with senior men’s title holder Cole Harris.
Kristine Marriott was in the thick of this bunch, producing her trade mark tough ride, to lift the open women’s championship title.
Sam Cuttle continued his solid built up for the Coast to Coast, lifting the under 19 title.
Paul Williams capped off his recent good form, securing vet 4 men’s championship honours.
Marcel Smithers continued her hot start to the season claiming the vet 1 women’s ribbon, with Michelle Knight securing the senior women’s major spoils.
Liz Wylie was rewarded for a great rode lifting the vet 4 women’s title.
Wayne Whiting rode strongly to secure sealed handicap honours.
The juniors raced for Club championship honours over 16km.
Mitch Brookland showed his dominance securing an all the way victory in the under 17 grade. Mitch rode the course in 27.02.
Maddi Lowry ensured her last race in junior ranks would be a memorable one, claiming the under 17 girls title.
Zoe Spillane continues to impress, rounding out a good first half of the season with the under 15 championship ribbon.
Zac Brookland topped off a good day for the Brookland stable taking the under 15 boys title.
Ryan Gallagher rode a super race to lift sealed handicap honours.
Paul Brake took the bragging rights in division 2, getting up over his wife Monique in a tough sprint finish.
Kyla Smith secured the final podium position.
Merv Grewar finished the year of with the sealed handicap envelope.
The Club will take a break over Christmas and kick the New Year off with a 36km handicap event around the Winchmore Church block on 10 January 2021.