The weather conditions again played in our favour and on a fine, slightly overcast windless Waitangi Day evening a record was set. It had taken some time to reach this stage. He had tried hard in the last series of time trials, knowing that he was capable of beating the previous record, but the weather wasn’t playing the game. So Matiu Kaihau was beaming and the smile was obviously one of pure satisfaction that he had at last achieved the desired result. Well done Matiu. Let’s see if you can do another next week. The new official record for the 12 km course is 15mins 14secs.
In fact everybody who completed was able to break their previous personal best as the conditions were so good.
The new assembly point and new race briefing are working well. One slight hiccup was when 2 riders were locked in the yard. It was fortunate for them that the key had not gone too far and was still within shouting distance so they could escape to tell the story.
Thanks to Nev Weir, Stu McKenzie, Lenka Martin for helping on the start and finish line and to Kirsty Kaihau for marshalling at the turn point.
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