The Northbank Road, along the Wairau River, was the venue for Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s handicap cycling race last Saturday, on a beautiful, calm autumn afternoon. The program listed a 40 and an 80km option for the riders, many of which used this as one of their final preparation races for the coming national championships in 10 days’ time.
The Nelson – Marlborough 2016 Cycling Centre Championships were held over the weekend, with the time trials on Saturday around the Heslington circuit at Brightwater and the road races on Sunday on the Gardner Valley Rd circuit at Mahana. Fifteen Marlborough riders took part in the races, getting a total of 19 medals over the various grades and races, 10 in the time trials and also 9 in the road races.
Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Kermesse Style points race took place on the Lower Wairau circuit last Saturday, racing was in 4 grades over 6, 5 or 4 laps of 7km each. Points were sprinted for at each crossing of the finish line, the bigger distances for the races gave the lesser sprinters some better opportunities to break up the fields and get some points ahead of the riders with the fast legs.
Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s second race of the Autumn series took place last Saturday on the tough Seaview circuit, outside of Seddon. Due to major roadworks the races were held on a shorter course than usual, leaving out the major climb out of the township, this however did not make the racing much easier due to the hard wind on the exposed lower half of the course.
Junior riders Ethan Batt (under-19) and Niels van Antwerpen (under-17), both members of cycling New Zealand’s development squad, secured fastest times in the Troubador Trophy, Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s first race of the Autumn series, last Saturday on the Rapaura - Hammericks / O’Dwyer Road circuit.
The mass-start sealed handicap races were held in warm windy weather, with relatively small fields, on the 11km long course, totalling 66km for the long and 33km for the short event.