Kapiti Cycling Club – Winter Series 2019 Race One Report

Despite the gloomy-looking weather and the occasional light rain on race day morning, the weather for the event proved ideal for racing. An excellent turnout for race one with over sixty keen riders registering for the five grades provided a good competitive atmosphere for the afternoon.

It was good to see that many riders pre-registered not only saving themselves a late fee but assisting the organisation greatly.

The first event was the very competitive A Grade with last seasons standout rider, Steve Bale taking the line over the 3 lap 60km course. Several attacks early on to test the field's response eventually resulted in a three-person break, Steve Bale, Max Wickens and Matt Webber drove the relentless pace to the line with Steve taking a very narrow victory over the young Next Gen rider Max Wickens.

Next up was B Grade also contesting a 3 lap, 60km course. The big field with over 23 starters was destined to be a hard-fought event. The field also contained several promising young riders from Scots College. The peloton largely stayed together with any breaks being quickly nullified. A large group contested the finishing sprint with local Kapiti strong women Katie Richards taking a narrow victory over Brendan Clark.

C Grade also had a good strong group including several very strong female riders. The relentless pace throughout reduced the field somewhat over the 2 laps 40km course. An excellent finish saw Robert McIntyre taking the well-deserved victory. Catherine Faux rode strongly to narrowly pip Emily Dinsdale for 5th place.

D Grade also raced over a 2 lap 40km course with six riders competing for line honours throughout. Local U13 youngster Oscar Goodwin looked sharp over the 40km event, even taking time to throw his Dads car keys to him without skipping a pedal stroke. The final sprint was clearly won by local sprint ace Doug Barrett followed by Elizabeth Tomlinson. Oscar crossed the line for a very credible 4th.

The last event to start was E Grade with five riders contesting the 1 lap 20km course. With three women and two men, it was certainly going to be a battle of the sexes. Harriet Whitmore lead the other two women, Alison McIntyre and Natalie Hardy to take out line honours in a very well-deserved victory.

Three riders experienced untimely punctures, hopefully, they will be back next week to compete for bragging rights.

Many thanks to the marshals, Howard D, Howard D (not a misprint) John R and James C. A special thanks to Dave D and Tristan R for the course layout/takedown, a time-consuming task. Also to the registration team Glynis and Ian H. A great job was done by Grace S looking after the finishing chute. A pat on t back to all.  

Click HERE to see the full event results.

Eddie Bright

Race Manager