Dib shows good form late in the season:
A grand day for racing…hardly any wind to speak of and warm temperatures. The Palmerston North Marist Cycling Club race was held around Hiwinui course with the finish at the summit of saddle road.
The first few laps were pretty sedate but the final lap of the circuit the pace was on with plenty of attacks along watershed road but no one was able to get away, Sean Whitehouse drove the bunch to the base of the saddle where Matiu Kaihau, Sjoerd Van Wagtendonk and Miguel Dib battled for line honours which Miguel took in the end.
There was a range of ability within C Grade on Saturday and the group of seven starters were split after the first climb to Hiwinui. Tom Pirie worked to keep the remaing five together however the Army boys (Steve Challies and Aaron Williamson) dropped off the back on the second lap of the loop. The race distance was spot on as the riders were in reasonable order for the saddle climb. Megan Blatchford Peck, who didn’t take a number because she wasn’t sure if she would do the climb, rode very well to stay within reach of Will Pearson and Tom for some of the climb, however Will showed his climbing strenght to take line honours for C Grade. Overall an enjoyable and well organised ride in ideal conditions.
Results in full:
Palmerston North Marist Cycling Club
Club race Saturday 19 June 2010
Ashhurst Hiwinui loop with finish up Saddle rd
A grade 3 laps 45km
1 Miguel Dib 1:21:21; 2 Matiu Kaihau 1: 22:26; 3 Sjoerd van Wagtendonk 1:22:56; 4 Sean Whitehouse 1:23:16; 5 Michael Hall 1:23:51
B grade 3 laps 45 km
1 Paul Deuritz 1:26:16 ; 2 Richard Day1:26:36; 3 Neil Martin1:28:45 ; 4 Hayley Giddens 1:34:04; 5 Dave Carmody 1:34:40; 6 Cassie Cameron1:35:44 ; 7 James Hutton 1:38:02 ; Bradley Nelson DNF
C grade 2 laps 33 km
1 Will Pearson 1:08:57; 2 Tom Pirie 1:11:50; 3 Megan Blatchford-Peck 1:12:26; 4 Steve Challies 1:14:25; 5 Aaron Williamson 1:14:59; 6 Ross Castle 1:17:45; 7 Hannah Drake 1:19:41; 8 Jessica Hamilton 1:22:15; 9 Tamara Ross 1:22:35
D grade 1 lap 22 km
1 Britteny Baker 58:01; 2 Mikela Drummond st; 3 Ruby Perry 58:46; 4 Catriona Pirie 1:13:19; 5 Alec Ross st
Training ride Saturday 26-06-10, meet @ 8am at memorial park. Route will be decided on the day.