Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Southland's talented road cyclists hit top gear at the weekend as they prepare for the national club road in Alexandra later this month.

Professional Avanti team rider Matt Zenovich claimed a tight 25km under-23 time trial race ahead of rival Josh Haggerty with a time of 32:50:38, by less than a minute in sunny conditions.

Haggerty had his revenge, claiming the 140km U23 race ahead of Zenovich, with Josh van den Arend third.

New Zealand world cup track cyclist Tom Sexton won the under-19 time trial from Jack Pedler in a time of 35:17:03, while Sam Miller claimed the U19 road race.

The impressive Corbin Strong brought his strong track form to the road to take out the boys' under-17 category, winning both the road race and 15km time trial, defeating track rival Hamish Keast by under a minute in the time trial with a time of 22:00:50.

Rising star Emily Paterson claimed the competitive under-17 girls' time trial, but had to settle for third in the road race behind Tayla Lumsden and Helena Rikiti.

Rhylee Akeroyd claimed both the under-15 time trial and road races, finishing the time trial less than a minute ahead of the Green sisters Tyla and Natalie.

Josh Miller won the under-15 boys' road race, while Hunter Gough won the time trial.

Kate Wilson grabbed both the U23 women's time trial and the road race and Jamie Wilson won the elite men's road race. 

Meanwhile, Mike White, Wayne Miller and Steve Brough won the masters road races and Brendan Akeroyd, Steve Keast and Neil Familton grabbed time trial glory.

Sam Kopae finished ahead of Erin Criglington to take out the women's time trial, while Erin prevailed over Sam in the road race with Nicola Stevens third. 

Under-23 cyclist Josh Haggerty, left, chases Matt Zenovich in the Southland road championships.

 Article and photo courtesy Stuff


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