Sunday was the final race in the Trusthouse North Island series, and the Wairarapa turned in a stunning day for us.
In CAT2, WCNI sponsored by Glenn Kirk Oral Surgeon, won the teams points for the series by a convincing margin, and they had a strong presence in the top 10 for the race with Wiremu Kaihau finishing 2nd, Charlie Studd 6th, Sam Wade 7th, Josh Mulcahy 8th and Jack Padega 9th in a sprint finish with only 9 seconds between first place and 10th place. Unfortunately Sam Wade didn’t finish the series in the leaders jersey, but held on to finish the series on the podium in 2nd place, while Josh Mulcahy finished 4th, Wiremu Kaihau 5th, with Jack Padega, Charlie Studd and Glenn Kirk in 6th, 7th and 9th place.
In CAT4, Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu finished in second place in the team points for the series, and Storage Manawatu in third place. For the final race, Blair Christian from Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu came 3rd, with team mates Patrick Johnstone 8th and Graham Hall 10th.
Patrick Johnstone finished the series in 5th place overall and Blair Christian 9th.
In CAT3, unfortunately Chris Harris from Bike Manawatu JT Coaching didn’t manage to keep the leaders jersey either, but finished the series in 3rd place. The team also finished 3rd in the team points for the series.
At the prize giving, two Palmfeilds Bike Manawatu team members were presented with jerseys, Patrick Johnstone was recognised for his participation and support for the series over a number of years, and Jessie Coxon received a jersey in recognition of a junior/youth female rider – congratulations Patrick and Jessie.
It has been another enjoyable series where Manawatu riders have again had some good successes and it has been fantastic to see all the supporters out there. Well done to all participants from our region – you have all represented us impeccably with both your abilities and your sportsmanship.