Riders rise to race challenge
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.’’