Taylor Rides To NZ Title At National Club Champs

Conway Taylor added another New Zealand title to the Cuddon Cycling Marlborough list, winning masters one men’s honours at the national club road cycling championships near Nelson yesterday.

In a Marlborough one-two finish, Taylor headed home fellow Cuddon club member Chris Heywood by 36 seconds. He clocked 35 minutes 35 seconds on the undulating, 25-kilometre Upper Moutere course.

Heywood took silver by a second from Pegasus Cycling Club member Nigel Pink.

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough picked up a second title when Rhonda Murphy was unchallenged in taking masters one women’s honours.

Ray Dunstan placed second in a fast masters three mens race, clocking 34.06, while Callum Saunders was fourth in the under-15 boys. Marlborough’s Bronwen Frazer successfully defended her national title in the senior women’s time trial. Now riding for the Nelson Star and Garter Wheelers club, Frazer clocked 36.12, five seconds clear of Gabrielle Vermunt of Southland, defending the title she won in Wanganui last year as a member of Cuddon Cycling Marlborough.

Former Marlborough rider Robin Reid saw the host club complete a senior title double when he took out the 40km senior men’s time trial in 52.45min. In a closely fought ride, Reid finished eight seconds clear of Hamilton City’s Justin Kerr, with double Olympian Chris Nicholson (Star and Garter) third. Reid recorded the day’s third fastest time overall, trailing under-23 riders Sam Horgan and Alex McGregor.

Horgan upset his more senior rivals to score the day’s fastest time and take under-23 honours with an impressive 51.49min.

The club nationals continue with road races today.