Church Takes Palatchie Cup Victory

Veteran rider Denis Church made the most of his handicap and his hill climbing ability to take a clear victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s James Palatchie Memorial Cup event from Riverlands last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 45km handicap event covered a course over the Weld and Dashwood Pass on State Highway One and turning for home approximately 2km up the Awatere Valley Road. Except for a headwind out to the bottom of the Weld Pass conditions were favourable and the hill climbers in each bunch rode away from their co-markers on the outward journey. On the return leg after the climb back over the hills Church was still well out in front. Several small groups were chasing hard for the minor placings. Church (off 25m) rolled over the line for handicap honours 4 minutes clear of his nearest rivals, Matt Straker (off 6m 30s), Richard Hill (off 6m 30s), J J Payne (off 13m) and Stuart Curnow (off 25m) respectively. Other good rides came from youngsters Quinn Karwowski (off 2m 30s) and co-marker Leatham Landon-Lanewho finished another 1m 20s back in 7th and 8th place respectively. Karwowski took the junior under 17 grade Palatchie Cup for his effort. Fastest time went to break rider Brent Harris (off 1m) who teamed up with co-marker Lee Griggs and were to strong over lone scratch rider Gerard van Antwerpen.
Open grade- James Palatchie Memorial Cup 45km handicap, D Church (off 25m) 1, M Straker (off 6m 30s) 2, R Hill (off 6m 30s) 3, J J Payne (off 13m) 4, S Curnow (off 25m) 5, D Hutchison (off 13m) 6, L Landon-Lane (2m 30s) 7, B Harris (off 1m) 8, W Hall (off 6m 30s) 9, L Griggs (off 1m) 10. Fastest time, B Harris (off 1m) 1hr 07m38s 1, L Griggs (off 1m) 1hr 07m 40s 2, P Crampton (off 1m) 1hr 08m 32s 3, G van Antwerpen (off scr) 1hr 08m 43s 4, L Landon-Lane (off 2m 30s) 1hr 08m 54s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- Palatchie Cup, Q Karwowski (off 2m 30s) 1, N Blakiston (off 2m 30s) 2. Fastest time, Q Karwowski (off 2m 30s) 1hr 08m 49s 1, N Blakiston (off 2m 30s) 1hr 10m 02s 2.