8 Manawatu cyclists travelled to the sunny Hawke’s Bay over the long weekend to complete in the Roosters Brewery 200km Enduro race – this is the first time this particular event has been run.
Jeremy Rowe and Darren Murdie rode the race as individuals and had great results with Jeremy finishing 2nd in a time of 5 hours 53 minutes, 44.5 seconds – only 00.0.1 second off the winning time of 5 hours 53 minutes, 44.4 seconds and Darren finished in 4th place in a time of 6 hours 17 minutes and 1 second. The remainder of the group – Rob Ryan, Allen Harris, Derek Harris, Fraser Kitt, Michelle Turner and Janette Flipp rode as a group and used the event as training for the Lake Taupo 320km enduro race (2 Laps of the lake), which they are riding with Heath Reynolds, Tim Mackey, Huw Morgan-Jones and Aaron Kearns, with the support of Wayne Fage and Derek McNabb in memory their dear friend, cycling buddy and Bike Manawatu member Glenn Thorby (Fizz) who passed away on March 17 this year.
For those that didn’t have the privilege of knowing Glenn, here’s a little bit of background about him –
Glenn was diagnosed with Melanoma in late 2016/early 2017 -he had surgery in March 2017, and had made a great recovery, returning to riding and competing in the 2017 Tour De Manawatu. However, Glenn was extremely disappointed just a week or so out from Taupo last year, that he would be unable to compete, but Glenn, always looking at the positives decided that 2018 was to be his year, as the event fell on his birthday – 24 November. After his untimely passing, his much loved BBC team mates hatched a plan to ride 2 laps in his memory.
October 19 -26 is Melanoma Awareness week with the theme ‘get spotted’. As cyclists, we spend a lot of time out exposed to the sun’s harmful rays, so please, this summer, take the time to get to know your body and spot any changes and most importantly – have them checked.