David Hutchison produced a strong sprint to win Cuddon Cycling Marlborough’s Vincent Shield in the opening of Fairweathers Winter series at Renwick on Saturday afternoon.
The open grade 32km handicap event was competed for over 4 laps of the Conders Bend/Renwick circuit. As the race progressed it was the 7m 30s group who hit the front with one lap remaining. A breakaway by Ethan Batt from the 3m break group saw him catch the frontrunners with 3km to go. A long sprint home saw Hutchison (off 7m 30s) just head off co-markers Scotty McDermid and Graham Henderson, for line honours. Scratch rider Tony Catterick outsprinted Co-markers Sean O’Neill and Nick Batt for time honours. A good effort came from Batt and co-marker Glen Herkt who were only 30 seconds down on a fastest time upset.
The junior under 17 grade had a 28km handicap event up the Waihopai Valley and return for the Opening Day Cup. Brittany Lucas (off 20m) stuck to her task to take line honours over 2 minutes clear of her nearest rival. Scratch riders Callum Caughey and Christopher Grammer broke away from their co-markers and forged through the field to take the minor placings respectively and also time honours.
Open grade- Fairweathers Winter Series, Vincent Shield 32km hcp, D Hutchison (off 7m 30s) 1, S McDermid (off 7m 30s) 2, G Henderson (off 7m 30s) 3, G Catterick (off 7m 30s) 4, M Straker (off 7m 30s) 5, E Batt (off 3m) 6, G Herkt (off 3m ) 7, R Hill (off 7m 30s) 8, M Jones (off 12m) 9, T Little (off 7m 30s) 10. Fastest time, T Catterick (scr) 47m 25s 1, S O’Neill (scr) s.t. 2, N Batt (scr) s.t 3, R Dunstan (scr) 47m 43s 4, A Jamieson (scr) s.t. 5.
Junior Under 17 grade- Opening Day Cup 28km hcp, B Lucas (off 20m) 1, C Caughey (off scr) 2, C Grammer (off scr) 3, S Morgan (off 8m) 4, J Greer (off 8m) 5, S Woods (off 8m) 6, C Guillemot (off 8m) 7, J Westend (off 8m) 8, H Lucas (off 22m) 9, Z Mortimer (off scr) 10. Fastest time, C Caughey (scr) 48m 40s 1, C Grammer (off scr) 48m 41s 2, Z Mortimer (off scr) 50m 55s 3, J Ritchie (off scr) 50m 56s 4.