Weston Triumphs

Gary Weston finished the season off in the best possible way taking a hard earned victory in the Ashburton Trust, Mid Canterbury Cycling Championships on Saturday.

The handicap event raced over 80km around the WakanuiBeach block drew together a good field with riders travelling from Dunedin and Blenheim to participate.

Weston and his co-markers worked well together catching the front marker inside the last 5km and setting up a grandstand sprint finish.

Weston proved to be the strongest seeing off the game challenge of second place getter Alice Bennett who narrowly bet Christchurch visitor Mary Jones. Jones top ride earned her the veteran 3 women's fastest time honours.

Ben Sutton rounded out his first season in senior ranks with a well deserved fourth place and in doing so picked up the under 19 fastest time ribbon.

Brendon Davidson's late season surge of good form saw him secure the fifth place spoils with the ever consistent Marty Cuttle rounding out the top six.

With age group fastest time honours up for grabs there was plenty of interest back in the field with the scratch markers on the charge.

It was Alex Hooper who made the decisive move 5km from the finish riding off the front of the scratch group and maintaining a comfortable margin to the finish to claim the overall and under 23 fastest time honours riding the course in 1.52.06.

Daryl Kircher showed he still has a sprint to match the youngsters in taking second time and lifting vet 2 time honours.

Brad Hudson rounded out a good season picking up third time and securing the senior fastest time ribbon.

Christchurch visitor Rob Campfens showed he will be one to watch in coming weeks riding strongly to claim the vet 3 time title.

The evergreen Dave Shurrock lifted vet 4 time honours.

Kim Marshall produced a top shelf ride to take the women's overall and senior fastest time honours.

Kristine Marriott capped off a strong season with vet 1 time honours while Michelle Davidson saw off all challengers to secure the vet 2 time ribbon.

The juniors also raced for Mid Canterbury titles.

The under 15's competed over 16km while the under 17's and Division 2 covered 32km.

Maddison Clark rounded off a super season taking the under 15 winners spoils seeing off the challenge of the ever improving Maddy Lowry who charged into second place. Ethan Titheridge saved his best for last taking third place. Isabella Roulston, Conner Leov and Oliver Davidson rounded out the top six. Caitlin Titheridge claimed the girl's fastest time ribbon with Abe O'Donnell fresh from the NZ Track Cycling Champs taking the boys fastest time spoils.

Connie Davidson keep the chasing riders at bay to secure the under 17 title and also picked up the girl's fastest time ribbon.

Bailey O'Donnell continues to impress with a solid ride to take second place and secure the overall under 17 fastest time honours riding the course in 54.26.

James Skinner dug deep to take third place with Ryan Jackson right on his heels in fourth.

A good field of nine division 2 riders contested the final race of the season.

Brent Hudson triumphed in the group sprint beating Brian Ellis and Peter Restieaux. Liz Wylie and Janette Hooper were in the thick of the finish to claim fourth and fifth.

Back marker Drew Titheridge secured fastest time honours.

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