Day Three: Scarfies Hit The Road
16/4/2010 - The curtain came down on the cycling events at the 2010 Uni Games with the running of the Road Race. The course took men's and women's fields from the Hedgehope Hall around the Woodstock loop (twice around for the men), finishing outside the Mabel Bush Hall. Conditions improved markedly from the previous days time trial ... mind you they would need to! We lost the horizontal rain, but riders still had to contend with blustery winds for the duration of the race.
The day featured two stand-out performances by each section winner. Otago's Corrine Smit powered away from the women's field to win by 9 minutes and 27 seconds, covering the 37 kilometre distance in a time of 1'00'57. This pocket-rocket who only took up the sport a couple of years ago crossed the line with only eventual Mens winner Nelson Shaw in front of her. Cathy Jordan, riding for Canterbury University finished second in 1'10'30 with Jen Sweny from Auckland third a further 3 minutes 38 back.
The 60 kilometre men's race was equally one-sided. Canterbury University's Nelson Shaw took the victory comfortably by 6 minutes 17 seconds in a time of 1'41'38. James Gilmour made it a Canterbury one-two, out-sprinting Otago's Laurence Holding in the last 200 metres to claim the silver medal by just three seconds. SIT's Matt Dodds claimed fourth.
Day Two: Weather and Cathy Uni Games Time Trial Winners
15/4/2010 - Day Two of the 2010 Uni Games saw Cycling Southland host the Mens and Womens Road Time Trials and after a successful track programme on the opening day, right on cue, the weather gods cut up rough as we moved outside.
Howling wind and driving rain greeted the hardy competitors at the start line at Makarewa where unlike the weather gods, race organisers showed some mercy, shortening the course to 10 km for the women and 15 for the men.
Hometown hope Cathy Jordan added a fourth Uni Games medal to her collection with victory by the narrowist of margins (just three seconds) from Otago's Corrine Smith with Auckland's Jen Sweny in third. Jen also picked up the Navigation Award after she had to be rescued on the road-side by Sport Southland's Matt Sillars - horribly lost, trying to find her way to Makarewa.
In the men's race the result was more clear cut. Canterbury's James Shapott triumphed by 25 seconds over teammate Nelson Shaw, with Matt Shallcrass completing a red and black trifecta a further 29 seconds back in third.
Day One: Dawkins Dominates Uni Games Track
14/4/2010 - The host town earned it's share of the medals presented on Day One at the 2010 Uni Games in Invercargill – albeit largely thanks to the exploits of one man. Southland's golden boy Eddie Dawkins dominated the track cycling as expected, securing gold in all three events – the 500m time trial, 500m scratch and 5km scratch.
“The first ride hurt so much – it's only been two weeks since I was on the bike but it felt like a lifetime,” he said. “It's always good to get out on the bike and race well.”
Pulling on the orange lycra to represent the Southern Institute of Technology was a proud moment for Dawkins, who recently returned from the World Track Cycling Championships in Copenhagen as the fastest New Zealander in the mens' sprint.
“It's a dramatic change to go from black to orange,” he said.
In the women's track cycling, Sarah Martin, of Canterbury University, secured gold in the 500m time trial and 500m scratch with Southlander and Canterbury University team-mate Cathy Jordan claiming silver. The placings were then reversed in the 5km scratch
Full Uni Games Results
Day One - Track Cycling
Women's 500m Time Trial
1. Sarah Martin (Canterbury) 43.10
2. Cathy Jordan (Canterbury) 43.56
3. Rosey Acker (Canterbury) 43.85
Men's 500m Time Trial
1. Eddie Dawkins (SIT) 34.50
2. James Grant (Otago) 38.57
3. James Gilmour (Canterbury) 38.97
Women's 515m Scratch Race
1. Sarah Martin (Canterbury)
2. Cathy Jordan (Canterbury)
3. Kate Ellery (Massey)
Men's 515m Scratch Race
1. Eddie Dawkins (SIT)
2. James Grant (Otago)
3. Ben Oleson (Waikato)
Women's 5km Scratch Race
1. Cathy Jordan (Canterbury)
2. Sarah Martin (Canterbury)
3. Rosey Acker (Canterbury)
Men's 5km Scratch Race
1. Eddie Dawkins (SIT)
2. Ben Oleson (Waikato)
3. James Grant (Otago)
Day Two - Road Time Trial
Women's 10km Time Trial
1. Cathy Jordan (Canterbury) 17'44
2. Corrine Smit (Otago) 17'47
3. Jen Sweny (Auckland) 18'52
Men's 15km Time Trial
1. James Shapcott (Canterbury) 23'00
2. Nelson Shaw (Canterbury) 23'25
3. Matt Shallcrass (Canterbury) 23'59
Day Three - Road Race
Women's 37km Road Race
1. Corrine Smit (Otago) 1:00'57
2. Cathy Jordan (Canterbury) 1:10'30
3. Jen Sweny (Auckland) 1:14'03
Men's 60km Road Race
1. Nelson Shaw (Canterbury) 1:41'38
2. James Gilmour (Canterbury) 1:47'55
3. Laurence Holding (Otago) 1:47'58