Rid­ers rise to race chal­lenge

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - JILL HERRON

The Lake Dun­stan Cy­cle Chal­lenge drew a large field with lo­cal rid­ers seem­ing to fare bet­ter in the blus­tery con­di­tions than some of the many vis­it­ing com­peti­tors.

Race or­gan­iser Bill God­sall said 180 rid­ers pre­dom­i­nately from South­land, Otago and Can­ter­bury com­peted in the 96km cir­cuit around the lake on Sun­day.

It was Ban­nock­burn cy­clist Mike Wolfenden who was first home in 2hrs 16min 48sec.

God­sall said he was ‘‘ex­tremely pleased’’ with how the event went, with 20 more rid­ers than last year, as peo­ple took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­peri- ence a large group ride.

‘‘There are fewer of these hap­pen­ing, as health and safety and com­pli­ance is­sues prove too hard for some event or­gan­is­ers.’’

James Wil­liamson, of Alexan­dra, a past NZ Elite Road Cham­pion, placed sec­ond in 2hrs 17min 19sec and third was Jor­dan Gil­more from Cromwell in 2hr 17min 21sec.

‘‘The wind made it a hard race for many, es­pe­cially those who got dropped from bunches and had to bat­tle into it on their own. Auck­lan­der Ro­man Van Uden was ex­pected to put in a winning per­for­mance but strug­gled in the con­di­tions. Traf­fic and rid­ers were ex­tremely well be­haved.’’

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