Date: Saturday, 27 August 2011
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Saturdays race turned out to be an exciting handicap that saw the majority of the field come together with only 500m to the finish line.

Break managed to catch limit just before a gradient that saw some hairy maneuvers executed just before the finish as 40 odd riders battled it out for the prize money. Luke Macpherson riding off break at 22min managed to hit the finish line just before Tom Beadle and Ray Robinson(both break )-time 1hr 32.  Disqualification of the first rider across the line due to an illegal overtaking maneuver marred the final result. Kirk Hamilton was the fastest of the day riding from scratch in a time of 1hr29.

The undulating course at Thornbury/Fairfax ,finishing at the Riverton Cemetery of 58kms was held in overcast and windy conditions and with 60 participants. 

Many thanks to all those that made the event possible especially Lindsay Tait-Jones, Andrea & Caleb Hope who did a sterling job helping Lindsay, Dale Tye, Bruce Ross and Robin Criglington and obviously all the marshals.

Neil F
Race Manager

A group of 13 riders started in the Div2 race of the Points series on Saturday 27 Aug. Riding from the Riverton racecourse the group rode strongly averaging 30 km hour for the first 12 km of the 35 km circuit.The bunch split up on the Fairfax hill with Hamish Beadle and Josh Carpenter making a decisive break. Tom Sexton and Hayden Strong chased for 6 km hauling in the breakaway with a huge shared effort. Beadle,Strong and Sexton put the hammer down at the bridge and made it a three way race to the finish with Beadle across the line first, Strong in second and Sexton third. Four girls rode in the Div 2 race with Laura Heywood finishing in fifth position. These races have provided some good preparation for the up and coming Yunca Junior Tour in October.   

Carriers Arms Riverton 60km Handicap Race

1:32:57 Luke McPherson 1, Tom Beadle 2, Ray Robinson 3, Geoff Vandam 4, Paddy Daly 5,
Fastest time  1:29:15 Kirk Hamilton
First Female Erin Criglington, Georgia Timpany 2
To view the updated Points Series Summary click here
Waine Harding

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