Date: Monday, 17 May 2010
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Catlins Classic Report and Results

15/05/10 - This Catlins race was a first for the Cycling Southland road racing calendar.

P5150809Overcast but dry conditions were ideal for the handicapped event, 47 riders set off in five groups from the Niagara Falls café.

It was a 40min gap from the limit to scratch bunch that tested everyone to their limit.

The race itself was "tough" after a flat 5km warm up it was into the first of many hills.

It's a race where the stronger riders excelled, if you couldn't climb or descend fast you were always going to be struggling. Cameron Karwowski, Pieter Bulling and Marcel Baird (scratch) showed their strength and almost caught the limit bunch. Tim Maynard and Dave Simpson (limit) attacked on the first hill and worked well together to stay away for the rest of the race. New rider Mat Dodds (2nd limit) proved he is going to be someone to watch and rode well to place well in the top ten.

Catlins

Comments following the race were very positive; it's a race that will definitely be on the calendar in the future.

Support from local businesses was very much appreciated, Amanda from Niagara Falls Café turned on free coffee and cakes to refuel the riders after the race and other local company's provided generous spot prizes.

Results:

1st  Dave Simpson 2:14:50
2nd Tim Maynard       same time
3rd Matt Dodds       2:01:15
4th Sam Kopae       2:17:16
5th Tony Raggett   2:03:47
6th Tom Dawkins   2:05:24
7th Shirlene Rollo  2:21:33
8th Paigan Marshall 2:21:34
9th Cameron Karwowski 1:43:20 (Fastest Time)
10th Pieter Bulling 1:44:18
11th Marcel Baird
12th Liam Aitcheson
13th Jordan Copeland
14th Blake Tait-Jones
15th John Andrews
16th Andrew Lienert
17th Josh Haggerty
18th Shane Fletcher
19th Kieran Caldwell
20th Derek Tan

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