Geddes Two-Up To Van Antwerpen/McKenzie Combo

A powerful ride and good conditions saw Gerard van Antwerpen and Jeremy McKenzie take victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Geddes Memorial Cups two-up time trial event at Renwick on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km event covered a course from the Waihopai Valley Road turnoff on State Highway 63 to just short of Wairau Valley township and return. With a tailwind on the uphill leg the van Antwerpen/McKenzie combination recorded a good time of 26m 18s with only three other pairings Mike Murphy/Brent Ackroyd (28m 12s), Todd Neal/Lee Griggs (28m 23s) and Graham Henderson/Glen Herkt (29m 40s) going under thirty minute mark. The downhill journey home saw no advantage in the stiff head wind with the top placings remaining intact. Van Antwerpen/McKenzie came home in 29m 45s to record a good winning time of 56m 03s. The minor placings went to Murphy/Ackroyd (61m 20s) and Neal/Griggs (63m 20s) respectively. The sealed handicap trophy went to Mike McManaway/J J Payne by 19 seconds to Henry Harvey/Joe Blakiston, with another 1m 03s to Dave Hutchison/Frank Marfell in third place.
Open grade- Geddes Memorial Cups 40km Two-up time trial, G van Antwerpen/J McKenzie 56m 03s 1, M Murphy/B Ackroyd 61m 20s 2, T Neal/L Griggs 63m 20s 3, G Henderson/G Herkt 64m 25s 4, M Bruce/A Clark 65m 09s 5, R Murphy/C Murphy 65m 45s 6, M McManaway/J J Payne 66m 40s 7, D Hutchison/F Marfell 67m 02s 8, W Hall/R Holdaway 68m 08s 9, R Golding/P Binnie 69m 36s 10. Sealed handicap, M McManaway/J J Payne (12m 30s) 54m 10s 1, H Harvey/J Blakiston (16m 30s) 54m 29s 2, D Hutchison/F Marfell (11m 30s) 55m 32s 3, G van Antwerpen/J McKenzie (scratch) 56m 03s 4, S Curnow/D Church (18m 30s) 56m 09s 5, M Murphy/B Ackroyd (4m 30s) 56m 50s 6, G Henderson/G Herkt (7m 30s) 56m 55s 7, W Hall/R Holdaway (11m) 57m 08s 8, S Smith/M Lister (14m 30s) 57m 29s 9, R Murphy/C Murphy (7m 30s) 58m 15s 10.