Dylan Vile, back home for a break in his studies, got a fine victory in Saturday’s Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Curtis Piper Memorial 4 stage race.
The first stage, a 17km ride up the Waihopai Vly Road with the finish up on the Avondale Rd. rise, started at a high pace, and a few riders got dropped along the way. The climb towards the line failed to create any gaps between the first 4 riders, with visiting Levin rider Matt Goode taking line honours ahead of Vile and Gerard van Antwerpen.
The 27km long second stage, back towards SH63, with the climb up the Delta Lake Rd. and finish in Guernsey Rd, was where Vile made his bid for overall victory, he got a lead of 27s on Andrew Bidwell, and a further 10s to Van Antwerpen.
Stage 3, a short time trial along Guernsey Rd, gained Vile another 5s to Bidwell, giving him a comfortable lead going into the final stage of 40km, up and down SH63. Along this stage there were 2 intermediate sprints with time bonuses, but they were inconsequential given the gaps in the overall standings. This hard stage saw 1st stage winner Goode abandon and others drop of the leading group. Four riders stayed together for the final sprint, which saw Van Antwerpen pull away by 3s from the others.
Overall Vile had a 38sec gap to Bidwell, and 46s to Van Antwerpen.
Andrew Gifford, who had an excellent last stage, staying with the front riders; won the overall, points based, handicap cup. Mike Murphy was second, 5 points back, and Dylan Hodson third, 8 pts down.
Junior rider Adam Bidwell took out the shorter race over 3 stages, ahead of Stacey Mitchell. They swapped places in the handicap section, which Mitchell won by 1 point over Bidwell.
Stage 1, 17km: 1. M. Goode 30m04s; 2. D. Vile ST; 3. G. van Antwerpen ST; 4. A. Bidwell ST;
Stage 2, 24km: 1. D. Vile 36m26s; 2. A. Bidwell at 27s; 3. G. van Antwerpen 37s; 4. M. Goode 42s;
Stage 3, 2km: 1. D. Vile 4m07s; 2. A. Bidwell 5s; 3. M. Goode 8s; 4. G. van Antwerpen16s;
Stage 4, 40km: 1. G. van Antwerpen 63m23s; 2. A. Gifford 3s; 3. A. Bidwell 3s;
Overal:: 1. D. Vile 2h13m51s; 2. A. Bidwell at 38s; 3. G. van Antwerpen 46s; 4. A. Gifford 1m53s; 5. M. Murphy 3m52s; 6. D. Hodson 17m46s;
Handicap: 1. A. Gifford 23pts ; 2. M. Murphy 18p; 3. D. Hodson 15; 4. G. van Antwerpen 12p; 5. D. Vile 11p.
Overall: 1. A. Bidwell 1hr32m03s; 2. S. Mitchell at 2m09s.
Handicap: 1. S. Mitchell 17pts; 2. A. Bidwell 16p.