The Sutton Cup has, over the past few years, been the first race of our handicap season. That being the case, it has been a sealed handicap, where everyone starts together, and the handicapper prior to the start makes a call on how much time should be added to the faster riders so that handicapped times are all similar. This year, however, we decided to run a graded handicap to ensure that a large bunch is not travelling down State Hwy 2.
So, five groups started the race, the scratch pair of Alex West and Robert Stannard having to make up twelve and a half minutes over the 44.6 km course. Barry Wilson lead the limit bunch which, although starting first, contained some quality riders such as Toshi, Chris Compton, Julie Miller, and Thomas Stannard.
A beautiful, still mid-winter day saw thirteen riders turn up to do a BM individual TT last weekend. The course was Ashhurst to Pohangina and return. One young rider, Michael Richmond, was there and completed the junior distance of 15 km, the rest of the (mostly much older) competitors did just over 25 km which meant the turn-around was right in the middle of Pohangina village. The event was a perfect excuse for the purists who like to race the clock to bring out their TT bike and fast wheels.
Michael completed the 15 km in a very respectable 28:27 and was the first rider to start and also the first one home. The others started a minute apart with Catriona Pirie next to go followed by triathletes Barry Eccles and Dave Scott with their fast TT rigs.
Robert Stannard arrived late and left last of the 13 riders, and on his trusty red SL3 complete with his 32 spoke training wheels did the fastest time, completing 25.3 km in 38:41. Next fastest was Glen Kirk with 39:13, then Neville Weir with 39:58.
It was great to have some visitors from the Manawatu Triathlon Club join the hardiest BM riders for the event, some of whom are off to the Age Group World Champs in Sept.
Michael Richmond 28:27
Stephen Snell 42:16
Chris Sanson 42:09
Barry Eccles 46:16
Glen Kirk 39:13
Steve Stannard 41:09
Paul Pliegers 43:25
Robert Stannard 38:41
Neville Weir 39:58
Nigel Doyle 46:40
Dave Scott 49:54
Tom Pirie 45:46
The 2015 Manfeild 6Hour Challenge was a great success.
Final results and photos are now available .
This years 6 hour Challenge offered several new categories including Schools, Universities, Workplace, Armed Forces, Bike Clubs, Services Clubs, Solos, Mixed social, Female social, Male social Challenges, with more teams from outside our region participating this year, including People from the Wairarapa, Wanganui and the Hawkes bay.
Our major Sponsors included Destination Manawatu, Martin Beveridge, Pedal pushers, Hotel Coachman, Central Bike Studio, AFC Motorcycles, AEC, CEC Marketing,The Hits, PN Rescue Helicopter, Mike Christie Sheetmetals, Soskeys Café, Toyota NZ, Higgins, Avanti Outlet, Proegear and Palmfeild Mts.
The major prize winners this year :
Team with most laps: ‘Do u even Klimbe’ Alex West, Nate Levin
Team With fastest lap: ‘Team Cervelo’ Campbell Stuart, David Martin, Jacob Sievwright
Female Team most laps: ‘Compact Crankers’ Kirstin Goodin, Lesley Mouat
Solo Male most laps: George Roberts
Solo Female most laps: Hayley Giddons
In Honor of the late Jocelyn Goodwin, who competed in this event in 2013 and won the most laps for a women's team, a Trophy aptly named ‘The Jocelyn Goodwin Memorial Trophy’ was awarded to this years winning women's team, the ‘Compact Crankers’.
A fine Saturday afternoon saw 27 riders out at Akers Road.
Three grades raced on an (amazingly) dry circuit. Mitchell Kinghorn won A Grade from Nate Levin after the two of them broke away on the final lap. Kevin Laskey was too strong for B Grade, despite a good effort from the young boys high duo of Fergus Washington-Smith and Ethan Craine. Adam Francis also punched above his weight (as usual!) to finish 4th in this grade. C Grade saw two bunches form on the first lap, with Michael Richmond finishing strongly to win the grade from Jamie Dennis and Luke Scott.
Unfortunately, gravel left lying on the course after the recent flooding saw two crashes with both Alex West and Zoe Croton hitting the bitumen.
Last Saturday was the first of the year’s club road races; a graded scratch race held at Akers Rd.
Conditions were excellent for racing, not being too windy or too hot on a flat, sometime exposed course.
The A grade field, though small completed each of their 7 km laps at over 40 km per hour, Robert Stannard winning in a sprint from Nate Levin. James Denholm was third. A combined B and C grade was the race of the day, with the various attacks coming to nought and a sprint finish resulted. Dale Nicholls was the winner, with a dead-heat for second between Fergus Washington-Smith and Thomas Stannard. In D grade, and impressive and comprehensive solo win by young Sam Perry meant that he’ll be riding C grade next time! Second and third were Kyra Craine and James Gardiner respectively. It was great to see some new young club members out there racing.