Clark Wins Curtis Piper Memorial 4 Stage

The final 2 stages of the Curtis Piper Memorial 4 stage event at Renwick saw only 16 seconds separating the top 5 riders, the 5km Stage 3  hill time trial into the Delta Lake was to be a real test. Antony Clark (9m 53s) rode a good time to move into the lead over Grant Ludemann (10m 05s) and Max Pendleton (10m 25s). The handicap section was won by Clark from Mary Lister and Ludemann.
The final 50km stage from the Delta to Wairau Valley township and return to Conders Bend Road saw the riders encounter strong headwinds on the return journey. At this stage Clark had a 12s and 24s lead over Ludemann and Pendleton respectively. The whole field stayed intact with the sprint finish going to Pendleton over Craig Murphy and Ludemann.
Even with sprint bonuses in the final stage Clark won the Curtis Piper Memorial Cup by 12s from Ludemann and just 4s back to Pendleton in third place. The Grosvenor Trophy for handicap went to Mary Lister on 16pt from Mike McManaway 16pt and Mike Murphy 13pt.
The junior under 17 event overall result saw Nick Blakiston take first place and fastest time honours.
A separate open 50km event was held over the open course with Gerard van Antwerpen taking line honours over Marty Bruce and Brent Ackroyd in the final sprint.

Open grade- Curtis Piper Memorial 4 stage event, Stage Three 5km hill time trial, A Clark 9m 53s 1, G Ludemann 10m 05s 2, M Pendleton 10m 25s 3, M Murphy 10m 32s 4, W Smith 11m 34s 5. Sealed handicap, A Clark 6pt, M Lister 5pt, G Ludemann 4pt, M Pendleton 3pt, M Murphy 2pt, M McManaway 1pt. Stage Four 50km massed start, M Pendleton 1hr 20m 28s 1, C Murphy s.t. 2, G Ludemann s.t. 3, A Clark s.t. 4, M Murphy s.t. 5. Sealed handicap, M Lister 6pt, M McManaway 5pt, W Smith 4pt, C Murphy 3pt, M Murphy 2pt, M Pendleton 1pt. Overall Classification, A Clark 3hr 15m 28s 1, G Ludemann at 12s 2, M Pendleton at 16s 3, M Murphy at 56s 4, W Smith at 2m 33s 5. Sealed handicap, M Lister 16pt 1, M McManaway 16pt 2, M Murphy 13pt 3, C Murphy 9pt 4, M Pendleton 9pt 5.