Date: Monday, 11 July 2016

The Invercargill Fire Brigade has hosed down the opposition at Cycling Southland's popular annual Corporate Pursuit event at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome on Sunday.

Nineteen teams took part in this year's event with the the Invercargill Fire Brigade entering three teams.

The novice riders line up against each other in Italian pursuit format races.

Italian pursuit is a team pursuit race where each team drops a rider at the completion of every lap until only one rider per team is left to race in the final lap.

The winner is the rider with the fastest time.

Teams were split into pools to start the day on Sunday before Fire 1, Steve Rhodes Feature Cars, SDHB Vaporizers and Frewza Boats advanced as the top four teams.

The Fire 1 team produced a blistering time of 1.12.85sec to win the event.

Cycling Southland general manager Mark Hotton was delighted with how the day unfolded and said plenty of people made the effort to come along and cheer on the teams from the stand.

He was also encouraged by the number of corporate riders who have indicated they were now keen to continue with the sport.

Aaron Carson of the Richardson Riders team keeps warm in his sleeping bag between events at Cycling Southland's ...
John Hawkins
Aaron Carson of the Richardson Riders team keeps warm in his sleeping bag between events at Cycling Southland's Corporate Pursuit event.

Some even have an eye on competing at the track nationals, he said.

Photo and article courtesy Stuff

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