On Tuesday the final graded road race for the BikeFit Marlborough Summer Road Series was held on the Lower Wairau circuit. Utilising the ‘big’ circuit by taking in Vickerman St/Jones Rd/Morgans Rd along with the standard Dillons Point Rd/Rowberry Rd/Swamp Rd portion, provided an interesting course in breezy easterly conditions. The A and B grades tackled four laps of the circuit (55km), C grade 3 laps (41km), D grade 2 laps (27km). Each of the grades put a display of good road racing with plenty of surging and attacks throughout. In the A grade Brodie Catterick was the main protagonist early on, but a surprise move by Jeremy McKenzie on the last lap with 6km left to race could not be pulled back and McKenzie took the win by 32 secs to Catterick, with Josh Scott a further 2 secs back in third.
In the B grade Georgia Catterick, Mike Murphy, and Brent Ackroyd took turns at attacking to escape their bunch and sap some energy from the sprinters within the group who as always were chomping at the bit to contest a group sprint for line honours on the flat fast course. Catterick and Hugh Trollope managed to breakaway off the front on lap two but were reeled in again. In the group sprint finish Brent Ackroyd came through strongly to take first, followed by Glen Herkt and Mike Murphy.
The C grade race held together for much of their 3 laps until Shaun Woods attacked into the head wind on Swamp Rd 5km from the finish. This didn’t stick though, so with the bunch back together Zac Mortimer opened up a long sprint but was swamped in the final 200 metres with Niels van Antwerpen taking the win from Woods in 2nd and Larry Kendall in 3rd. The Batt sisters Sophie and Katie worked well together to breakaway from the D grade group early on in that race. The chasing group set about their task of bringing them back but didn’t quite pull it off. Katie Batt soloed to victory with Sophie Batt taking 2nd at 33 secs behind and a further 21 secs to Rachel Madsen in 3rd who rode very well and had a strong finish which gapped her chase group mates.
Full results are available here: Results Summernight Series 2014-15 Round 10.pdf