Riders from Manawatu had a great run in the Trusthouse North Island Series in 2020, and and even more successful 2021. Race 5 took place in Masterton on Sunday.
Category 2 had a close race with 8 riders from Manawatu taking spots in in the top 15. Wilson Hannan riding for total Sheetmetals bike Manawatu was narrowly beaten and finished in 2nd place, series leader for the category Caleb Botcher (WCNI) finished 4th equal, with Chris Harris from Total Sheetmetals Bike Manawatu. Caleb retained the lead and won the category for the series.
WCNI won the teams points with Total Sheetmetals Bike Manawatu 2nd.
Category 3 was an exciting race with the Jackson Fellowes and Dave Jackson from Madison Cycle clothing team both in contention to win the category for the series. They were both in an early break, and Jackson managed to win the race and take the series win for the category. Andy Richardson from bike Manawatu finished 7th in the race, and 5th overall in the category. This is a massive achievement for these 2 young men (they are both under 17 riders), they made their presence in the peloton known in every race.
Madison Cycle Clothing was 2nd in the Team Points
Category 4 was another exciting race and category. Patrick Johnstone who is one of two Cycling Whanganui riders on our Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu team was in an early 2 man break and rode solo for approximately 35 kms successfully held off the chasing group and win the race. Darren Murdie from Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu had a 3 point lead over Chris Sharrott from Kapiti Cycling for the overall category winner, and with the difference in points for 1st and 2nd place being 3 points, it was down to the wire to see who would take it out. Chris finished just ahead of Darren, and with only 2 points between their placings, Darren won the series for Cat 4, Mike Thompson (Storage Manawatu) was third and race winner Patrick Johnstone was 5th
Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu finished 2nd in the team points and Storage Manawatu were 3rd.
Full results can be viewed here for race 5 https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=262266
And final point can be viewed here https://www.dropbox.com/s/i3g1b17vtots0a1/FINAL%20Points%20after%20Race%20Five%20%20-%202021.xlsx?dl=0
This has been a very successful series for riders from not only our 3 Bike Manawatu teams but also riders from other Manawatu teams – congratulations to all of our riders and thank you for your efforts. Bike Manawatu would also like to acknowledge the generosity of our two team sponsors – Rob Ryan and his team at Palmfeild Motors, and Damien and Kylie Mulcahy from Total Sheetmetals. Your contribution has reduced the costs for our riders to participate in this great series.
We will look at holding a prize giving in late January or February, this will be advertised,
Race 4 of the Trust house Teams Racing Series took place on Sunday 14 November and was the ‘queen stage’ finishing on Rangimutau Hill north of Masterton
In Category 2 there were 5 riders from Manawatu in the top 10. Winston Briggs and Caleb Bottcher riding for WCNI were 4th and 5th, Wilson Hannan riding for Total Sheetmetals Bike Manawatu Cat 2 team was 6th, with no Category 1 race this round, Mathew Jamieson riding as an individual was 9th, and Cameron Jones from WCNI was 10th. Caleb Botcher had had a firm hold on the Leaders jersey since race 1 and with 77 points, has a lead of 23 points over his nearest rival. The WCNI team has been leading the teams points for Cat 2 and has a lead of 34 points, so is guaranteed to win Category 2, Total Sheetmetals Bike Manawatu is 2nd with Green Performance Coaching who have some local riders in their team are 3rd
In Category 3 Dave Jackson from Madison Cycle Clothing finished 4th, with team mate Jackson Fellowes 5th, and Andy Richardson 6th – Andy completed the Gentle Annie Cycle race the day before in a cracking time of 4 hours 34 minutes and 53 seconds. Jackson and Dave have been taking turn about with the Leaders Jersey in Cat 3 – Jackson had it after race 1, then Dave after race 2, with the jersey retuning to Jackson after race 3 and now they are both tied for first place while Andy Richardson is 5th. Both Jackson and Andy are under 17 riders – so this is a fantastic result and they will definitely be 2 riders to keep an eye on. The Madison Cycle Clothing team established and managed by Kevin Laskey is tied for first place in the teams points for Cat 3
In the Category 4 race, Mike Thompson from Storage Manawatu broke away very early on and after a few kms was joined by team mate Mike Dunne, Ross Rainham from Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu and a rider each from Kapiti, Tararua Builders and Pedal Project. Ross Rainham finished 4th with Mike Thompson and Mike Dunne 5th and 6th. Darren Murdie, Patrick Johnstone and Georgia Simpson were 9th, 10th and 11th, and Carl Dickason and Toshi Yamauchi 13th and 14th.
This Category has seen a similar tussle for the Leaders Jersey between Chris Sharrott from Kapiti and Darren Murdie from Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu – Chris just edged out Darren in race 1 to take the jersey, then Darren took the lead in race 2, with them both tied together after Race 3 and Darren taking the Leaders Jersey back after race 4. Darren has a lead of 3 points over Chris, and after his effort in the break Mike Thompson is sitting in third place only 4 points behind Chris.
Storage Manawatu are 2nd in the team points with Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu in 3rd place.
The final race takes place on Sunday 5 December and is shaping up to be pretty exciting with challengers for the podium from local riders in categories 2, 3 and 4.
Masterton put on a stunning day for the 3rd race in the Trusthouse North Island Series. This event was a criterium in the morning followed by a team time trial in the afternoon.
Cat 4 was first away, local riders Mike Thompson and Mike Dunne (riding for Manawatu storage) were 3rd and 4th with their team member Carl Dickason finishing 6th. Georgia Simpson (Palmfeild Motors Bike Manawatu Cat 4 Team) had a gutsy ride putting in a few attacks and finished 7th with team mate Darren Murdie right behind in 8th place.
In Category 3 it was our young riders again showing what they can do – Jackson Fellowes riding for Madison Clothing finished 2nd with Andy Richardson (Bike Manawatu) in 3rd place.
Adam Francis (Bike Manawatu) won the Cat 2 criterium with teammate Wilson Hannan 4th, Caleb Bottcher (WCNI) 5th, Campbell Jamieson (Bike Manawatu) 6th Joe Skerman and Cliff Hughes (WCNI) in 9th and 10th place.
Matthew Jameson who is another young member and riding in Cat 1 as an individual finished in 4th place in a very close finish. Matthew has no team members to support him, and is doing this series solo – all other riders in the Cat 1 Crit had team members to work with – well done Matthew
In the team TT – WCNI had a commanding win, 40 seconds ahead of 2nd place – they are also leading the team points in Cat 4, with Caleb Bottcher still in the leaders jersey. Bike Manawatu were 3rd and are in 2nd place for the team points
In Cat 3 the Madison Cycle Clothing team managed by Kevin Laskey finished in 2nd place, and is 1st equal in the team points. Their rider Jackson Fellowes managed to take the leaders jersey back off his teammate Dave Jackson, and bike Manawatu’s Andy Richardson is in 3rd place – for these 2 young riders to hold place 1 and 3 is pretty exceptional – well done Jackson and Andy
In the Cat 4 team TT, bike Manawatu was 2nd and storage Manawatu 3rd. In the team points storage Manawatu is 2nd and Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu in 3rd place. Darren Murdie is now tied for first place with Chris Sharrott from Kapiti cycling, with Carl Dickason in 2nd place and Toshi Yamauchi in 3rd and mike Thompson 5th.
This was another successful event for our local riders and the competition for not only the team points, but individual points will make things exciting over the final 2 events in the series.
While we incredibly proud of all of our members taking part, we are especially proud of our junior riders in the series – you are doing our club proud with your attitude, your performance and your results. We are also extremely grateful to our team members from out of town who have committed to the series and make the effort to travel for these events
Race 2 of the Trusthouse Teams Series was another successful day for local riders.
Race 2 was a tough race with Cat 1 and 2 riding 113 kms with 1400 metres of climbing, and Cat 3 and 4 riding 66 kms with almost 1000 metres of climbing.
Young local rider Matthew Jamieson riding as an individual in Cat 1 finished in a solid 7th place only 30 seconds behind the winner .
Category 2 saw Manawatu riders take 9 of the top 15 spots – Caleb Botcher and Jack Padega riding for WCNI finished in 3rd and 4th, Sam Wade riding for Green Performance finished 6th with Luke Scott, Josh Mulcahy and Sam Parry riding for the Total Sheetmetals Bike Manawatu team finished 7,8 and 9th, and Glenn Kirk, Jeremy Rowe and Adam Francis also finishing in the top 15. Caleb has retained the leaders jersey for Category 2 and WCNI are still leading the team points for this category with Bike Manawatu in 3rd place
In Cat 3, our young club members Andy Richardson (riding for bike Manawatu) and Jackson Fellowes(riding for Madison cycle clothing) featured strongly. This is the first year competing in this series for these two young men, and they are definitely making their presence known in the Peloton – Andy finished in 2nd place and Jackson in third place – Jackson is now 2nd in the individual points, and Andy is 3rd, with Kevin Laskey’s Madison Clothing team 3rd in the team points
In category 4 Bike Manawatu have the leaders jersey! Another strong performance from Darren murdie when he finished in 4th place saw him take the lead from Kapiti Rider Chris Sharrott – well done Darren.
However, the standout performance in this race came from Carl Dickason (Storage Manawatu) who won this race. Just before the halfway point there was a lead group of 6 riders that had a reasonable lead on the bunch behind them – Carl was in the bunch following, and he decided to chase the lead group about 10kns from the finish. He managed to catch the lead group and then have the legs to take first place – well done Carl, that was a great effort that paid off.
Toshi Yamauchi (Storage Manawatu) finished in 5th place and Patrick Johnstone (Bike Manawatu) in 7th place. In the following group Mike Thompson (Storage Manawatu) was 8th and Georgia Simpson (Bike Manawatu) was 9th equal and the first woman to finish.
Storage Manawatu are now 2nd in the team points and Bike Manawatu 3rd
A great day of racing, congratulations to all who participated