Cy­clists con­quer the wet weather

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Win­ter Fun Rides lived up to their name in Mata­mata on Sun­day, with tor­ren­tial rain and wind prov­ing a chal­lenge.

About 300 cy­clists braved the way­ward weather to com­pete in the 50km and 80km events.

Nathan Cox of Dy­namo Events said that de­spite the wet start, the ride was a huge suc­cess.

‘‘It went re­ally well. Ob­vi­ously the weather made it pretty chal­leng­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved but over­all it was a good day and ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves.’’

Most com­peti­tors came from Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auck­land, with oth­ers trav­el­ling from as far as Whangarei.

Auck­land’s Scott Ambrose won the 80km event, with Scott Creighton from Te Awa­mutu sec­ond and Matthew Markby from Whangarei third.

Spot prizes, in­clud­ing an Ap­ple iPad, were awarded across the board and funds were raised for the West­pac Waikato Air Am­bu­lance.

Cam­bridge will host the sec­ond Win­ter Fun Rides event this week­end, with Hamil­ton to fol­low.

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