2018 Geo W Wilson & Sons Ltd/Southland Farm Machinery Gore to Invercargill Classic
Seventeen-year-old cyclist Helena Rikiti has a busy and important six weeks looming, and on Saturday she indicated she is ready for the challenge.
The Southland Girls’ High School year 13 pupil claimed a prestigious Cycling Southland honour, winning the Gore to Waikiwi Classic.
The event was created by the Waikiwi Amateur Cycling Club in the early 1960s, and it has survived the test of time.
Competitors such as Greg Henderson, Tim Carswell and Glen Thomson have picked up the fastest time honours over the years.
The Gore to Waikiwi Classic was a 78-kilometre handicapped race, and the scratch riders on Saturday gave up a 28-minute head start.
Rikiti started off six minutes and 50km into the race her bunch was able to catch upwith the front group.
With about 25km to go, that big group split and what unfolded was a bunch sprint at the end, which Rikiti won.
Emily Paterson was second, followed by veteran rider Colin Horton (62).
Matt Zenovich claimed the fastest time honour, covering the 78km in 1hr 53min 21 sec. Conor Shearing had the second-fastest time, with 1hr 58min 10sec.
Just a week before, Rikiti lined up in the Cycling New Zealand Southern Performance Hub and competed in the Tour of Timaru, where she finished 13th in the C-grade section.
She felt that time spent on the bike had set her up well for Saturday’s race win.
Rikiti has two key events on her mind, starting with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Road Championships in Christchurch later this month.
The focus will then switch to the track, as she hopes to make an impact at the Oceania Championships in Adelaide next month.
An under-17 Springhills to Waikiwi race was also staged on Saturday, which Rhylee Akeroyd won with Mitchel Fitzsimons claiming the fastest time.
The under-13 Grove Bush to Waikiwi race was won by Caitlin Kelly, with Magnus Jamieson picking up the fastest time.
- Logan Savory ODT
2016 Results:The George Wilson and Sons Ltd/Southland Farm Machinery Ltd Gore-Waikiwi Classic Cycle Race is a 78 kilometre Handicap, held on Saturday 19 March 2016.
1st. Luke Macpherson
2nd. Brendan Akeroyd
3rd. Ray Robinson
First female. Shirlene Rollo
Fastest Time. Tom Scully
Full report to follow
2012 ARCHIVE - YOUNG WINS GORE TO WAIKIWI
The George Wilson Bros Gore to Waikiwi Road Classic was competed for in ideal conditions on Saturday.
A field of 35 took on the 78km handicap event which saw the scratch bunch give way 30minutes to the limit riders. All seven bunches combined well as they took on the undulating terrain across the back of Mataura through Hedgehope and over the Spring Hills.
In the end it was a group of four riders that stayed clear with Kylie Young proving to strong for Vaughan Edie, Erin Criglington and Allan Milne. A solid ride by Georgia Timpany and Max Anderson saw them take 5th and 6th respectively.
Moments later Josh Haggerty led the remnants of the break and some of the riders of the middle marks over the line. Haggerty, Matt Zenovitch and Paddy Daly rode strongly throughout the race and for the majority of the event were looking set to take out fastest time honours.
In the end, scratch rider Cameron Kawowski came across the line 2min 55 seconds after Haggerty to take fastest time by a mere 5 seconds from Brad Tuhi.
1. Kylie Young
2. Vaughan Edie
3. Erin Criglington
4. Allan Milne
5. Georgia Timpany
6. Max Anderson
7. Josh Haggerty
8. Derek Tan
9. Mat Zenovich
10. Gabby Vermunt
11. Paddy Daly
12. Dave Simpson
Fastest Woman: Gabby Vermunt 1hour 55min 51sec
Fastest JU19: Josh Haggerty 1hour 37min 42 sec
Fastest Time: Cameron Kawowski 1 hour 37min 38sec
2nd Fastest Time: Brad Tuhi 1 hour 37min 40 sec
3rd Fastest Time: Josh Haggerty
Junior Div 1 and 2 Results - 27km Handicap
1st: Nick Kergozou
2nd: Hayden Strong
3rd: Anton O'Connell
Junior Div 3 - 13km Handicap
1st: Corbin Strong
2nd: Taz O'Connell
3rd: Madeleine Gough
Thanks to all the volunteers on the day your assistance was much appreciated.