Race Report 21st January 2017
This year’s racing calendar sees a line-up of different courses, each with their own characteristics and no doubt as the season unfolds we’re going to see a number surprises and different riders stepping up onto the podium. Racing this weekend took place on the Loburn Circuit, a 16km circuit with a short climb about half way through the lap. It was great to see lots of riders making the trip out to the race and having well contested races.
As ever, we can’t run these races without the help of our volunteer marshals, many of whom are at pretty much every race we run. It was fantastic to have a number of people helping out in different ways, from Ron helping with the marshalling, Sue handling registrations, and Brett, Darran, Fiona, Lee and Jeannie helping with this race report. To all of our helpers, thanks very much, it was a great weekend!
A Grade, reported by Brett Grieve
It was good to see a large A Grade field with some 24 competitors willing to push themselves to the limit. This is a great attitude to take into club racing and results in better form for subsequent events - the body is forced to adapt!!
The race itself was reasonably collaborative with a number of peloton riders prepared to take the front. Sam Horgan of Mike Greer Homes was the clear favourite having recently returned from the Elite Nationals and set a new course record for the Canterbury Time Trial Association Tai Tapu 16km. Horgan was marked heavily, but never earnestly tried to escape, choosing to keep the break in check and set up young George for the finish.
The first break was only two men, Simon Anderson and one other staying away for a lap and a half of the 16km circuit. When this was brought back, a larger group of five or six went clear which slowly reduced down to three (Mike Sleeman and Scott McDonnell of Champion Systems, and Reon Nolan Totalpos Solutions) on the final lap, getting caught with about 5km to go.
Horgan did the majority of chasing himself, spending a good portion of the race on the front and the rest organising the peloton to chase.
With approx 4km to go Campbell Pithie (Totalpos Solutions) attacked solo, followed shortly after by Martin Ryder. The field hesitated and Pithie managed to stay away to the line in a well-deserved victory. Ryder never quite caught up to Pithie and was caught in the last kilometre.
Brett Grieve (PKF - Waterproofing Concepts) attacked off Horgan's wheel just before the last corner to secure 2nd followed by Jack Walsh (Totalpos Solutions) for 3rd.
in summary, it was a good hard race followed by a friendly social afternoon tea and group ride back to Christchurch. Thanks Pegasus for a good day out.
B and C Grades, reported by Darran and Fiona Humpheson
Off to a fast start and B grade were racing towards the first turn as a bunch. The pace on the uphill was fast with Neil Sutherland setting the pace as the bunch was strung out in a line. Things didn't change on the second lap with a few mini breaks as a bunch of four went 20m off the front but were soon reigned back as the breakaway weren't committed. Start of the 3rd lap saw Stu Lowe attempt a lone breakaway on the fast downhill. He gained around 50m with no reaction from the bunch. He was rolled in as the bunch hit the flats. Start of the second lap saw a two man breakaway gain about 100m and were only reigned in on the uphill with Mark Foresy attempting to stay away with only 3km to go. Into the final 1km and everyone was together with jostling of placing to secure a strong position going into Station Road. Russell Ownsworth was first to go on the attack just before the corner and he stayed away until the line. Behind there was a battle for the remaining places, with Tim and Stu staying ahead. A great day's racing and a sign that riders had been training hard over the break.
In the C Grade the peloton was keen to keep the race together, and while some racers were keen to stretch their legs a bit, they were kept on a tight leash throughout the race. Coming into the final few kilometres, the pack was still together and it was on for a sprint to the line! Warwick Moffatt came home first, followed by Allen Hill and Leigh Parsons. Congratulations guys!