Kapiti Cycling Club

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The hot sunny days experienced over the past week changed to a cloudy but still warm and breezy evening for last night’s event. First up was the Social Grade event, a non-competitive 20 minutes plus two lap jaunt around the safe, car free circuit.

A slightly depleted field from previous weeks saw four riders taking to the start line. Two senior riders and two juniors set off accompanied by several followers using the event as a warmup for their main events. As the bell sounded for the last lap, 15-year-old Dylan Kennedy used his young legs to pip Steve Gregan to the line followed by Christine Stephenson. Finishing close behind was another junior Maggie Graham from the Cycling Graham family.

Next event was the C and D Grade race over 25 minutes plus two laps. Thirteen riders over the two grades took to the start line with ages ranging from Under 15’s to over 70-year-old. Clearly illustrating the inclusiveness of cycling.

 A neutral lap before the racing started was the prelude to an exciting battle within the two grades. C Grade proved to be a race for younger legs with junior Euan Mason taking out a hard-fought win from Kerry Graham (another member of the cycling Grahams, great to see) with 70+ year old John Rowlinson taking out third.

C Grade Results:

Euan Mason                   1st          15 Points

Kerry Graham                2nd         12 Points

John Rowlinson            3rd         10 Points

Adrian McKenzie          4th         9 Points

Fraser Beggs                   5th         8 Points

Ryszard Balekju            6th         7 Points

Dave Downer                 7th         6 Points

Oscar Goodwin             8th         5 Points

D Grade soon settled down to a contest between two long time riders, Doug Barrett and Darrell Flaws with Francis de Hair, David Cunningham and youngster Liam Parkes battling for the minor places.

D Results:

Doug Barrett                  1st          15 Points

Darrell Flaws                  2nd         12 Points

Francis de Hair              3rd         10 Points

David Cunningham      4th         9 Points

Liam Parkes                    5th         8 Points (1st Junior)

A & B Grade Race:

The evenings final event was the always hard-fought race within A and B Grades this evening was no exception.  With only two A Grade riders, the main race was going to be for line honours in B Grade. The pace settled down for a lap before Mike the missile Proudfoot took off, but his effort was all for nought as B Grade re-joined him. The pace was very high with a number of riders trying to break free. As the race entered the final minutes, Mike took off to gain a race winning move. Gary Clareburt appeared to have the B Grade win sown up as the race entered the last lap but a determined surge by Dwight Garten and James de Hair (a 15 year old junior-well done James) flew past Gary to take out first and second. Leon finished second A Grade.

A Grade Results:

Mike Proudfoot            1st          15 Points

Leon Goodwin               2nd         12 Points

B Grade Results:

Dwight Garten               1st          15 Points

James de Hair                2nd         12 Points

Gary Clareburt               3rd         10 Points

Jon Cox                            4th         9 Points

Lee Pownall                    5th         8 Points

Tristan Ratcliffe             6th         4 Points

The points race is hotting up, remember everyone scores points. A major club trophy will be awarded to the rider gaining the highest number of points throughout the grades with individual grade winners receiving a trophy. Join the club and compete for a trophy. Next week is our last at Southwards before we move to Nga Manu for the remainder of the summer series.

Big shout out to Di and Neil for assisting at registration, Dave Downer for setting up the course and taking down plus club members assisting.