Another great night was had.

This was the first race in the Summer Series.  The Summer Series this year will be 3 handicap road events (which Tuesday was the first of), an individual time trial on the same course and a short hill climb up the Maungakotukutuku Hill (which is also race 2 of the Hill Climb championship).

It was great to see the first group away staying away till the finish with a powerful surge at the end taking the win for Ian Fraser.   Great finish Ian!  Ian finished just ahead of Dianna Borman and Howard Davies who stayed together for the whole way around.  Fantastic work you 3 to keep the pace high and working together.  That is what handicap racing is all about.

The next group to finish was the last group to start and they nearly rode through everyone.  Antony Nalder used his warmup of riding from Mana to propel him to the front of this group who were strung out behind him.  Katie Richards put in a great ride to sit behind him and clock the 2nd fastest time of the night. And Greg Cundy took 3rd in this bunch's sprint.   There were quite a few who had pushed themselves to the limit which is great to see.  This is how we collectively get stronger. 

A big welcome to John Valentine who's ridden the last couple of event's and looked strong when in the groups.  Hang in there John, it gets easier quickly once you've found your feet.   

Great also to see that Clive Brugh has dusted off his road bike and is showing a quicker turn of pace than he had on his mountain bike.   Clive was a member of the club quite a few years back - it's really nice to see you back and enjoying the challenge Clive.   

If you don't know either John or Clive, say gidday and make yourself known. (make it your mission next week to find these guys and say hello)

Thanks as always to those who have given up their rides to marshal or manage the race, or considerable time to help with course setup and take down.  Peter and Emma Wilkinson made a great pair managing the registrations and the race - big thanks.  Thanks too to John Pratt, Des Batten (who got given the label as "the best marshal EVER" by one rider who appreciated his signalling the road was clear at the crossroads), Ernst Pretorius, Glynis Te Maipi-Kemp, Tristan Ratcliffe, Lee Pownall, Mick McKelvie (and me) for marshalling or doing course setup/takedown.  You will see in the results that these people get bonus points towards the series...  They perhaps should be called "awesomeness points" because we couldn't do any of this without them.  And on that note - we don't have anybody to marshal for next week so we'd appreciate some names coming forward.  If you can't do next week - nominate one of the other weeks in the line up.  Click HERE to see what's needed and coming up.

We will be getting close to twilight next week at the finish - so let's hope for a fine day.  I suspect next week will be the last 6:30 start.  (so spare a thought for the course setup people who have to be there and ready to start setting up at 4:30).  

Click HERE to see the results and the points table so far.  

Well done everyone.