Veteran Ray Dunstan stamped his authority on Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s time trial events when he took a convincing victory in the Henderson Brothers Cups event from Renwick on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 51.5km time trial covered a rolling course from Forrest Estate Winery to Havelock and return. The riders faced cold conditions (4 degrees) with an easy ride out and a battle into the head wind between Havelock and Okaramio on the return journey. Dunstan was in control at the turn posting a 32 minutes 44 seconds to be up on Cameron Karwowski (33m 32s) and George Baxter (35m 17s). Dunstan kept his rythem to finish in a good time of 1hr 12m 47s with Karwowski (1hr 14m 23s) and Baxter (1hr 17m 52s) taking the minor placings respectively. The sealed handicap cup was won with a good ride from Craig Murphy to finish 50 seconds up on Graham Henderson with another 11 seconds to Stephen Rooney.
The junior under 17 grade competed in a 16km time trial event twice around the Vintage Lane circuit for the Dooley Cup. Top rider Callum Streeter was in command with a consistent ride to take the win with a time of 26m 12s. Jamie Hawke (26m 52s) impressed to take second only loosing 20 seconds a lap to Streeter without the use of tri-bars. Pim Greven, improving with every ride took a good third place (28m 40s) and also cleaned up in the sealed handicap to win by 25 seconds to Piers Landon-Lane and another 26 seconds to Will Hart.
Open grade- Henderson Brothers Cups, 51.5km time trial, R Dunstan 1hr 12m 47s 1, C Karwowski 1hr 14m 23s 2, G Baxter 1hr 17m 52s 3, C Heywood 1hr 21m 29s 4, S Rooney 1hr 22m 42s 5, C Murphy 1hr 24m 41s 6, G Henderson 1hr 27m 31s 7, M Lister 1hr 32m 02s 8, M McManaway 1hr 33m 39s 9, P Burge 1hr 43m 24s 10. Sealed handicap, C Murphy (15m) 1hr 09m 41s 1, G Henderson (17m) 1hr 10m 31s 2, S Rooney (12m) 1hr 10m 42s 3, C Karwowski (2m 30s) 1hr 11m 53s 4, R Dunstan (scr) 1hr 12m 47s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- Dooley Cup, 16km time trial, C Streeter 26m 12s 1, J Hawke 26m 52s 2, P Greven 28m 40s 3, L Landon-Lane 30m 35s 4, W Hart 31m 01s 5, H Barnett 31m 21s 6, Q Karwowski 31m 36s 7, C Saunders 31m 43s 8, N Blakiston 34m 31s 9, D Cresswell 35m 17s 10. Sealed handicap, P Greven (4m) 24m 40s 1, P Landon-Lane (11m) 25m 05s 2, W Hart (4m 30s) 25m 31s 3, N Blakiston (9m) 25m 41s 4, J Hawke (1m) 25m 52s 5.