Emerald Glen – Race 2

The weather for race 2 was certainly an improvement from race one, although the number racing is disappointing, the quality of the racing is not. Nine riders lined up for the battle in Group One and six in Group Two.

The quiet road lends itself to challenging and safe racing with the testing climb from the bottom turn adding to the course attraction. Group One averaged 7 mins per lap around the 4.3km course in an aggressive battle for bragging rights. The 8-x lap circuit provided an excellent test for the riders in skill, fitness and “race cunning”. The pace was kept on throughout with the fireworks exploding on the final lap as Tristan once again showed a clean pair of heels taking out the win from Greg with Peter completing the podium places.

In Group Two the six riders competed over six laps averaging approx. 8 mins per lap, the smaller group soon disintegrated as Adrian used his superior strength to power away and take out the win from Andy and John with Glynis taking out first women across the line.

Results:

Group One:

1st          Tristan Ratcliffe                           56.26

2nd         Greg Cundy                                   st

3rd         Peter Wilkinson                          st

4th         Paul Rawlinson                            st

5th         Andrew Anson                             st

6th         Lee Pownall                                  st

7th         Dave Downer                               st

8th         Jon Cox

9th         Richard Graham

Race distance: 34.4km Ave speed: 36.57kph

Group Two:

1st          Adrian McKenzie                        49.212nd

2nd         Andy Ross

3rd         John Rawlinson

4th         Glynis Te Maipi-Kemp

5th         Howard Davies

DNF      Gill Donald 5 laps completed

Race Distance: 25.8km              Average Speed: 31.3kph

Special thanks to Janice Hill and Mark Humphries for marshalling duties.

To Dave Downer, Paul Rawlinson and Andrew Anson for setting up the course, also not forgetting the riders helping with the taking down, all very much appreciated. Thanks to Grace Saywell for her excellent help with the timekeeping duties.  

NB: The Tuesday evening races are key features of the Kapiti Cycling Club programme, designed to provide safe but interesting races over a variety of courses. The events cater for all abilities, from the racers going full gas to the more recreational riders wishing to test their fitness against like mind souls. All are most welcome.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU – come along to Race 3 next Tuesday.  

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