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Saturday 26 February club race

“Le petite grimpeur” was the name for last Saturday’s club race. With start at Aokautere School A and B grade had to go over the Pahiatua track, do a loop at the other side come back over the track and finish up Polson Hill drive. The C grade did a bit shorter course. They went over the track turned at the bottom of it to hit for the finish at Polson Hill Drive. Not sure what was petite about this course it must have been the distance? C grade was won by Stuart Doidge in 56 min and 31 sec more than 2 minutes clear from number 2 Blair Webster. First woman was Elizabeth Stannard in 1 hour 2 min 06 sec.

A grade was a battle between Sam Horgan, Kent Croote and Mark Findlay. The track could not separate those 3 riders. It came to a sprint finish taken by Kent Croote just before Sam Horgan 2nd and Mark Findlay 3rd. In B grade the veteran Steve Glasgow was just beaten on the line by youngster Max Annear.

Results in full

A grade 48 km

Kent Croote 1, 1:17:09; Sam Horgan 2 st; Mark Findlay 3, 1:17:14; Mark Waterland 4, 1:17:27; Steve Stannard 5, st; Angus Findlay 6, 1:23:29; Luuk van Wagtendonk 7, 1:24:03; Jonthy Hapeta 8, 1:33:22; George Robberts 9, st; Daniel Lithgow dnf

B grade 48 km

Max Annaer 1, 1:23:20; Steve Glasgow 2, st; Ross Rainham 3, 1:24:08; Pat Edwards 4, 1:24:50; Jordan Castle 5, 1:27:07; Steven Snell 6, 1:27:09; Erik D’Arbois 7, 1:28:12; Cameron Gibbons 8, 1:43:03; Peter Wenborn 9, 1:45:28; Ross Castle dnf

C grade 26 km

Stuart Doidge 1, 56:31; Blair Webster 2, 58:48; Tom Pirie 3, 1:00:56; Bob Jaques 4, 1:01:32; Elizabeth Stannard 5, 1:02:06; Michaela Drummond 6, 1:06:36; Kelsi Eccles 7, 1:07:44; Neil Pollock 8, 1:18:44; Dave Drummond 9, 1:26:45.