Queenstown cyclist Steve Brough has had a couple of weeks to remember.
Fresh from winning the Kelvin Hastie memorial last weekend in Dunedin, he won a sprint home to take out the Gore to Waikiwi Classic on Saturday.
Raced in fine, mild conditions, the 80km handicapped event attracted a field of more than 50 riders with a scratch group which included New Zealand track representative Tom Scully, Mark Spessott, Michael White, Scotty Cunningham, Garth Cooper, Grant Lyon, Travis Kane and James Canny.
Brough – who was also the fastest vet, although he preferred to state his age as "somewhere over 50" – went away in the second break bunch, which had a seven minute lead over scratch.
"It was a good bunch effort, a handicap race so you can only ride as fast as the bunch," Brough said.
Handicapper Tony Ineson had done a good job of working out the field, with the scratch bunch catching the other groups in the shadow of the line and a large sprint finish ensuing.
Brough, who finished in 1hr 53min said he had received an excellent lead out from Southland's Derek Tan, with Logan Havenaar (third break, 10 minutes) taking second place and Aaron Sinclair (second break) claiming third.
Scully completed the distance in the fastest time, clocking 1:46.12, only two minutes outside the race record set by Nick King in 2006.
Dale Tye was the first woman home.
For video from the Gore to Waikiwi classic click here.
Story courtesy of Nathan Burdon, Southland Times