McKenzie Excels In Club Champs.

Jeremy McKenzie excelled in the tough conditions to take victory in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Club Championships at Seaview, Seddon on last Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 40km massed start event started with the immediate climb up the Seaview Road from Wakefield Street. Nine riders went clear which was reduced quickly to five on the long climb back up to Seddon on the first lap of the course. The tough windy conditions took its toll on many of the riders with McKenzie going alone at the start of the second lap. Maintaining his solid pace saw McKenzie take line honours, the Mills Cup and the Masters 35-44yrs title, in 65m 41s. Just 35 seconds back Andrew Jamieson (Senior Mens title) took second place 6 seconds ahead of Josh Scott. Nick Batt (67m 21s) was fourth with Gerard van Antwerpen (68m 42s) taking the Masters 45-54yrs title in fifth place. Other titles went to Brent Harris (Masters 55 +), Rhonda Murphy (Womens), and Will Hart (Junior Under 19 Men). Andy Petrie had a great ride for sixth place which gave him the Gleeson Cup for sealed handicap by 11 seconds to Batt and another 20 seconds to McKenzie in third place.
The junior under 17 grade covered 20km over one lap of the course for their championship. Ethan Batt was strong on the climbs which saw him runaway to victory taking the Jowers Cup and Junior Under 17 Mens title. Thomas Westend had a good ride to finish just 40 seconds back in second place, with another 26 seconds back to Georgia Catterick who took the Junior Under 17 Womens title. Westend’s ride gave him the sealed handicap victory for the Drake Cup, 50 seconds ahead of Batt and another 36 seconds to Catterick in third place.
Open grade 40km Club Championship, Seaview, Seddon – J McKenzie 65m 41s (Masters 35-44yrs title) 1, A Jamieson 66m 16s (Senior Mens title) 2, J Scott 66m 22s 3, N Batt 67m 21s 4, G van Antwerpen 68m 42s (Masters 45-54yrs title) 5, A Petrie 70m 10s 6, B Harris 70m 12s (Masters 55+ title) 7, M Grammer 70m 22s 8, M Murphy 72m 24s 9, M Fletcher 72m 38s 10. Sealed handicap, A Petrie (5m) 65m 10s 1, N Batt (2m) 65m 21s 2, J McKenzie (scr) 65m 41s 3, R de Ruiter (11m) 65m 49s 4, A Jamieson (scr) 66m 16s 5, J Scott (scr) 66m 22s 6, M Fletcher (6m) 66m 38s 7, M Murphy (5m) 67m 24s 8, P Halligan (6m) 67m 30s 9,  F Marfell (12m) 68m 12s 10.
Junior Under 17 grade 20km Club Champioship, Seaview, Seddon – E Batt 36m 24s (Junior Under 17 Men’s title) 1, T Westend 37m 04s 2, G Catterick 37m 30s (Junior Under 17 Women’s title) 3, E Brydon 39m 40s 4, J Ritchie 43m 21s 5. Sealed handicap, T Westend (2m) 35m 04s 1, E Batt (30s) 35m 54s 2, G Catterick (1m) 36m 30s 3, J Westend (13m) 36m 35s 4, E Brydon (3m) 36m 40s 5.