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Kapiti Cycling Club - Southwards Summer Circuit Series 15th December 2020

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The final event of 2020 turned out to be stunner, ideal cycling conditions with a festive theme and a big turnout enabled for a successful evening.

First event was the 20 minutes plus two laps Social Circuit, the event for the first time this season was dominated by five youngsters (Under 15) all vying for glory. This changed the balance somewhat for the event with the social circuit riders taking a back seat against the young guns. We will introduce a separate event for the youngsters in the new year.

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With two novice riders on the start line, Dylan Kennedy (on a borrowed bike and sand shoes) and Maggie Graham (Richards daughter) the five juniors largely stayed together with the four more senior riders until the final laps when Euan once again proved his strength taking the honours from Dylan. Peter, Christine, and Judith rode strongly to finish close behind.

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Euan Mason                   1st

Dylan Kennedy              2nd

Alex Arthur                     3rd

Liam Parkes                    4th

Peter Gibbs                    5th

Christine Stephenson 6th

Maggie Graham            7th

Judith Taylor                  8th

Penny Mickleson          DNF

Euan was voted to be the best dressed Christmas Themed rider – great effort Euan

The next event was the C/D Grade with twelve riders taking to the start line including Dave Downer (recovering from his serious accident-great to see you back Dave). The twenty-five minute plus two lap race proved once again to be a fast and aggressive race. Tony set a high pace and soon distanced himself from the peloton, chasing hard, John, Dave, Euan, and Gill worked tirelessly to close the ever increasing gap but to no avail. Tony took out a decisive win (B Grade for you Tony next year)

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C Grade:

Tony Levaggi                  1st

John Rowlinson            2nd

Euan Mason                   3rd

Dave Downer                 4th

Gill Donald                      5th

Adrian McKenzie          6th

D Grade:

Rysz Balejko                   1st

Doug Barrett                  2nd

Howard Duff                  3rd

Francis de Hair              4th

Dylan Kennedy              5th

Liam Parkes                    6th

Adrian was awarded the best Christmas Themed rider in C/D Grade – well done Adrian

The final event of the evening was the battle for honours in A/B Grade over a 30 minute plus two lap race. With a large field of fifteen riders, it was odds on for a battle royale which did not disappoint. The pace kicked off immediately with Miles blasting at the front closely followed by Katie. The lead chopped and changed mainly between three riders, Katie, Miles and newcomer Tom Gollins (welcome Tom) which eventually saw the elastic break from the rest. The intrepid trio built up a commanding lead slowly gaining a lap on the peloton which also contained some strong riders desperately trying to reduce the trio’s advantage. Miles, Katie and Tom caught the peloton over the closing laps. As the final lap bell was rung Tom and Katie created a short break over Miles who chased desperately to close the gap. Tom took out the win from Katie with Miles crossing the line for third. A very exciting race.

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A Grade:

Tom Gollins                    1st

Katie Richards               2nd

Miles Davies                   3rd

B Grade:

Dwight Garton               1s

Sam Bentham                2nd

Rhys Evans                      3rd

Peloton:

Gary Clareburt

James De Hair

Peter Butler

Rob Scott

Richard Graham

Leon Goodwin

Lee Pownall

Ian Cooke         @2 laps

Paul Rawlinson DNF

A highly successful evenings racing under ideal weather conditions and strong fields in all grades. Well done everyone.

The Southwards Summer Circuit series will recommence on January 19th, hopefully we will see you all back raring to go.

Don’t forget your 2021 licence renewal, a Club Membership card will be issued to all members thereby taking advantage of the $5 race fee. The juniors (15 and Under) will be able to access a $25 membership which allows free entry in all Tuesday races. Sign up now.

The event entry fees from the evening’s races will be presented to the local food bank by Club President Gary Clareburt. (the sum of $250 topped up by the club)

A special thanks to Dave Downer for setting up the course and take down and to Di Borman for her continued support with registration and course take down.

The club wishes to extend to all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year. See you on the 19th January 2021