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Matiu Kaihau wins Bennett Street Sprint



This was the final Palmerston North Marist Cycling Club race as the club becomes part of Bike Manawatu from 1 January 2011.

The Sprint Cup returned to Bennett Street, Palmerston North, and was this year contested by 15 riders. Each rider did a timed seeding lap and from these times A and B grades were formed. Riders then rode 2 up with the best of each pair going through to the next round and the other rider competing in the repechage. The finals were raced over the best of 3 sprints. The right lane was the lane of choice, as the surface was much smoother, so some lanes were decided on the toss of a coin.

The 3 fastest times of the day were Cameron Gibbons 27.22, Matiu Kaihau 27.29 and James Hutton 28.19. Matiu won the first 2 sprints to take the A Grade final. Kate Stewart had the fastest B grade time at 29.57 while Ruby Perry provided stiff competition with 29.79 but Kate won the third heat of the B grade final.

Thank you to all the helpers who braved windy and drizzly conditions.

Final results were

A Grade

1. Matiu Kaihau

2. James Hutton

3. Cameron Gibbons

4. Luuk van Wagtendonk

5. Will Pearson

6. Max Annear

7. Josh Kendal

B Grade

1. Kate Stewart

2. Ruby Perry

3. Robert Stannard

4. Katherine Stannard

5. Elizabeth Stannard

6. Thomas Stannard

7. Kathryn Young

8. James Denholm