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2015 Club Road Champs

The Cuddon Cycling Marlborough Road Club Championships were held last weekend on the Seaview course at Seddon.  While the Seaview course has been used for many years for the Club Championships, this year changes to the start and finish locations were made to improve the safety of the event.  Entries were well down on previous years due to the heavy rain and strong winds that hit Marlborough on Saturday afternoon, but some good racing was still instigated throughout the age categories as riders competed for the titles on offer.  The event was run as a massed start with most categories completing 62km and some of the junior categories a reduced 22km distance.

Owing to the conditions and tough course – the race broke up quickly into several groups.  The pacesetters in the front group made sure that they would not be caught, and in the final few kilometres Ethan Batt broke away on his own to claim the fastest time of the day (and the Mills Cup) and also the Junior U19 title.  Gerard van Antwerpen attempted to reel Batt back in in the final kilometre but had to settle for 2nd place but still took the Masters 45-54 title.  Just 15 seconds adrift, Paul Newman finished in 3rd place to take the Masters 55+ title.  Luc Cowley, the remaining member of the front group, was close behind in 4th place to claim the Senior Mens title.

Craig Anderson rode well to finish in the second group on the road, and following the application of his 8min handicap he took the Gleeson Cup for 1st on handicap from Paul Newman (1min handicap) and Hugh Trollope (7min handicap).

The other titles in the 62km race went to Graham Mitchell in the Masters 35-44, and Rhonda Murphy in the Womens Masters 35-44.  Sam Morgan competing in the Junior U17 category was riding strongly and looking a sure thing for that title but a cruel puncture took him out of the race and cleared the way for the quickly improving Andrew Bidwell to claim the title and with it the Jowers Cup for the fastest U17 time plus the Drake Cup for the first on handicap (4min handicap).

In the 22km event, Fergus Greer took the line honours and with it the Junior Boys’ U13 title.  Katie Batt claimed the Junior Girls’ U13  title, sister Sophie Batt the Junior Girls U15 title, and Brittany Lucas the Junior Girls’ U17 title.

This weekend, Saturday 14th March, the Cuddon Cycling Marlborough club is holding the Osgood Trophies event at Rarangi with a finish on the Whites Bay Hill.  Registration is at 1PM on Neal Road close to Isobel Place.

Full results can be found here: Results Club Championships 2015.pdf