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ROAD NATS ARCHIVE: 2012 Club Road Nationals - Hawkes Bay
Day 6 Diary
The morning of the Elite & U23 Men’s Road Race dawned and the music started pumping at 6am.
I’ve gotta say, it was great to finally have everyone up early at once (and fizzing right from the get go!) and to not have to sneak around making breakfast and packing lunch before slinking out the door at 7am to take whoever was racing that day out to the course!
2012 Club Nats News
RaboDirect Club Road Nationals 2011 - Wanganui
09/05/2011 - Leading up to the Road Club Nationals, the individual riders were making good use of their fitness levels from the recent Track Nationals and recent tours. Looking at the names of the riders who had entered, we had a strong squad who were representing the club.
Brehan Cairns, Dillon Bennett, Hamish Presbury, Jen Muhl, Joshua Haggerty, Liam Haggerty, Joshua Carpenter, Matt Zenovich, Michael Culling
Unfortunately, for some riders, disappointment was going to head their way just weeks out from the Nationals. Hamish, having won the Great Southern Cycle Challenge back to back this year decided not to make the journey because he still wasn’t firing on all cylinders, high standards! Brehan, was very unlucky, and managed to catch Glandular Fever a couple of weeks out from flying out and made the decision not to go. A relief for me, as I wasn’t too sure what stunt he was gonna do this year to better the one he did last year, running near nude in the feeding zone! Michael too had a cold in the last few weeks build up to his training and wasn’t expecting his usual standard of racing this time around. Lastly, Jen, in her last 4 weeks build up has had bad luck with a cold and a heavy crash that would give her difficulties riding whilst on her two tours and would put an end to her hope of featuring in the medals.
However, the Time Trial day came and there were some impressive rides. As a club we have a number of junior riders that shined and their futures look bright, mixing it up well with quality riders! The weather was overcast, with some rain but the sun managed to come out eventually, with the wind playing its part on this flat course produced some fast times. Matt Zenovich, for me was the one disappointment, setting high standards for himself, there was an expectation, but there was “nothing in the legs” and later said “I think I’ve peaked at the Tour of the Lakes” (where he had a storming tour!), went into cruise control near the end of his Time Trial.
Here are the results for both TT and RR;
Josh Carpenter U15B TT 5th +:53secs | RR 5th ST 1:01:20
Liam Haggerty U15B TT 9th +1:07 | RR 8th +:05
Josh Haggerty U17B TT 8th +1:06 | RR 19th +:37
Michael Culling U17B TT 19th +2:03 | RR 42nd +14:03
Jen Muhl U17G TT 6th +1:59 | RR 15th +2:15
Matt Zenovich U19M TT 19th +3:46 | RR DNF
Dillon Bennett U23M | RR 3rd +2:42
Day two saw the majority of the riders racing today.
With the wind picking up throughout the day and the rain getting heavier as the day went on, these two hilly courses had a dangerous downhill section that would feature in most of the road races! U17 girls race was off first, Jen managed to keep in the bunch but unfortunately her chain came off going up the climb and wasn’t able to get back on. Josh Carpenter featured heavily in U15 Boys race and was in the sprint finish, Liam did well to be only a few seconds adrift with a promising ride throughout.
In the U17 boys race, hotly contested throughout, the rain came down near the end. Josh was able to keep in the first 10 riders throughout the racing and can be very satisfied with his efforts, (justifiably he has been invited onto the Taranaki Road Camp as part of the Development Squad). There were numerous crashes and punctures which created a number of splits in the field with some of the field pulling out as the conditions got worse. Michael Culling’s recent illness would play a big part in his final placing but he stuck to his plan and finished the course with the help of some loud Southland encouragement!
Day Three was the turn of Matt Zenovich, U19M on the larger course. Longer hills, stronger winds and down pours in the last lap, made it a difficult course and unfortunately with Matt not firing on all cylinders made it a disappointing day for this socialite of cycling! We were all up for it, supporters at the ready, feeders primed but when it came to the bunch rolling past the feed station he was nowhere to be seen. There had been an early move in the first kms of the race and that split the bunch up and that was the end of the race for Matt. This was a testing hilly course with numerous quality riders entered but such were the conditions a number of the development riders pulled out!
Day four, leaving the best till last! U23M, Impressive riding, keeping in medal winning contention throughout, Dillon Bennett, racing in his Subway Team Colours, over 7 laps of the 22km course which featured two long drags and a short but sharp hill every lap, did everything right and hung in for a 3rd placing. The sun was shining throughout but the wind had definitely picked up and there were splits in the bunch and withdrawals on this testing course. A job well done!
A big thank you to parents, Catherine Zenovich, Angela Carpenter, Phil Culling, Daryl and Maree Haggerty who made my job easier. We all jelled well together and made it a good week away. I hope everyone enjoyed the experience and their racing and can take something back from this and use it the next time they are racing.
It was a pleasure being the camp dad and assisting you all with your racing and I wish you well with the rest of the year.
Cycling Southland Team Manager
2010 RaboDirect NZ National Club Road Championships
30/04/10 - Cycling Southland member Sophie Williamson riding for our Wakatipu Club has dominated her Age Group at the Club Road Nationals in the Hawkes Bay, backing up her win in the Individual Time Trial on Thursday with victory in Friday's Road Race. A solitary second was all that seperated the first eight riders (the first six all finished with the same time of 1'28"47) but Sophie did enough to get her wheel over the line first to complete an incredible double in the Under 17 Girls. Those Central Otago hills held her in great stead. Elsewhere Sophie McMurdo (7th), Brooke Brazier (8th) and Michael Culling (8th) all followed up their Top 10 TT results with similar results in the Under 15 Road Races and Garth Cooper powered his big frame over the line for a Top Ten result. Also we've had reports from Hastings on Hamish Presbury's great ride in the U23 race. Riding with the Senior Men, he was part of a great break in the second group on the road and was in line for second in the U23s before cramp on the last lap saw him drop back. See full results and Ross' Report below.
30/04/10 to 02/05/10 - Road Race Results
Under 23 Men - Hamish Presbury (13th)
Senior Women - Kylie Young (23rd)
Masters 1 Men - Derek Tan (23rd)
Masters 2 Men - Daryl Cleghorn (16th)
Masters 3 Men - Garth Cooper (9th), Andrew Welsh (39th)
Masters 4 Men - Sier Vermunt (32nd)
Under 19 Women - Sarah Tomlinson (20th), Paigan Marshall (24th)
Under 19 Men - Pieter Bulling (13th), Dillon Bennett (15th), Marcel Baird (17th), Brehan Cairns (DNF), Andrew Miller (DNF)
Under 17 Girls - Sophie Williamson (1st), Jen Muhl (15th), Kate Dunlevey (DNF)
Under 17 Boys - Paddy Daly (37th), Tom Beadle (39th)
Under 15 Girls - Sophie McMurdo (7th), Brooke Brazier (8th)
Under 15 Boys - Michael Culling (8th), Nick Kergozou (15th)
29/04/10 - Individual Time Trial Results
Senior Women - Kylie Young (19th)
Masters 1 Men - Derek Tan (15th)
Masters 2 Men - Daryl Cleghorn (11th)
Masters 3 Men - Garth Cooper (10th), Andrew Welsh (13th)
Masters 4 Men - Sier Vermunt (12th)
Under 23 Men - Hamish Presbury (7th)
Under 19 Women - Sarah Tomlinson (17th), Paigan Marshall (20th)
Under 19 Men - Pieter Bulling (3rd), Marcel Baird (24th), Brehan Cairns (31st), Andrew Miller (33rd)
Under 17 Girls - Sophie Williamson (1st), Jen Muhl (12th), Kate Dunlevey (15th)
Under 17 Boys - Tom Beadle (26th), Paddy Daly (39th)
Under 15 Girls - Brooke Brazier (3rd), Sophie McMurdo (5th)
Under 15 Boys - Michael Culling (3rd), Nick Kergozou (7th)
Ross' Manager Report
02/05/10 - 22 riders have just returned from sunny Hawkes Bay after a challenging but successful road nationals. The majority of the team stayed together in Hastings and the atmosphere was outstanding. We had a full day to explore and ride the courses which were a full 25 km from our motel which made the rental vans essential! The Time trial was held on a fast but windy course. We had several great performances and resulted in 3 bronze medals, to U 15’s Brooke Brazier and Michael Culling and U19 NZ track Rep Pieter Bulling. Jen Muhl, Sier Vermunt, Garth Cooper amongst others all produced strong rides in their respective age groups.
The road races ran from Friday to Sunday and all our riders put in gutsy performances with several top 10 finishes. Some bad luck occurred on the Friday with 3 riders being struck by sickness, 2 crashes and 1 puncture!! Brooke Brazier, Sophie McMurdo and Mike Culling all rode well on a tough and windy course on Friday am. In the pm we had five U 19 men in the 116 km road race. Pieter Bulling, Marcel Baird and Dillon Bennett were all very active in the race but missed the crucial break which ended up deciding the medals in the finale.
In the U19 women’s race Sarah Tomlinson rode well holding on valiantly over the hilly back part of the course before finally succumbing to the hot pace. Both Sarah and Paigan Marshall put in superb efforts on a tough course. Daryl Cleghorn and Garth Cooper stuck with the main groups of their Masters 2 & 3 races and finished mid pack in the fast sprint finishes. Perhaps one of the best rides of the road races came from Hamish Presbury in the Senior and U23 Men’s road race. After an initial break away of several riders, Hamish set off with Aaron Strong to put himself in contention and was joined by riders dropping back from the front and a couple of reinforcements from behind. On the last lap he was with a small group fighting for 2nd place in the U23 standings, 2 min down on leader Shem Rodger but 4 mins ahead of the peloton. Unfortunately on the last lap bad cramp set in meaning finishing with these guys was impossible. However, a great effort over the 176 km distance.
Supporter of the week definitely went to Brehan Cairns, who, when dared, was clothed in only some strategically placed Toi Toi , covered in writing “Go Prez” ran alongside his group at the feed station shouting words of encouragement to the rapturous applause of all at the feed station. A fine effort.
What was notable for these road nationals was the tight turn around between the age group track nationals and these Club Road Nationals. With such a track focus for our riders, the short time frame has meant training and racing has been very condensed and outstanding results difficult to achieve in this first year of our club road nationals being rescheduled. My aim is for the riders to go into next year with a stronger base before the track nationals to make this easier in the limited time we have to prepare.
A huge THANKYOU to parents, Roger McMurdo, Julian Baird, Grant Bulling & Michelle Kergozou for their help over the week, your assistance was invaluable.