Soren­son marks cy­cling dou­ble

South Canterbury Herald - - SPORT - DOUG SAIL

Tim Soren­son made light of a ‘‘tougher’’ hand­i­cap to again win Cy­cling Ti­maru’s pres­ti­gious Tom Flett Memo­rial Cup in un­der-17 rac­ing.

The 15-year-old Ti­maru Boys’ High School stu­dent was the cup’s first win­ner in 2016 and de­stroyed the field on Satur­day de­spite be­ing put back sev­eral min­utes more on last year’s re­sult.

Soren­son fin­ished a mas­sive 2 min­utes 31 sec­onds ahead of sec­ond placed Emily Toomey.

Although the Flett Cup is only in its sec­ond year of com­pe­ti­tion, it is sought after in the un­der-17 grade, and pre­sented in hon­our of life mem­ber Tom Flett, who passed away in 2016.

Club pres­i­dent Dar­ren Cuth­bert­son de­scribed Flett as a ‘‘very gen­er­ous per­son who gave a lot to the club, es­pe­cially in un­der-17 rac­ing’’ and it seemed right to hon­our his ser­vice with the tro­phy. ‘‘Tom was ba­si­cally a one­man-band for many years in the club’s un­der-17 rac­ing, hand­i­cap­per, time keeper, mar­shall.

‘‘I can re­mem­ber the sight of him stand­ing on the bon­net of his HQ Holden with a dic­ta­phone in one hand and stop­watch in the other.’’

Soren­son was sport­ing a new Bahrain Merida pro-team kit for his lat­est out­ing with his dad, Ross (a club cadet racer in the days of Flett’s work) quip­ping ‘‘ap­par­ently red ones go faster’’.

Satur­day’s course was a tough 26 kilo­me­tres from South­burn up Cairds Rd hill, and then across Lyall Rd and back home up Pae­ora River Val­ley Rd.

The work Flett put to keep the club’s un­der-17 grade rac­ing con- tin­ues to pros­per and young Ri­ley Cook was the 50th starter over the sea­son on Satur­day.

Those num­bers don’t in­clude the de­vel­op­ment grade which has had 28 dif­fer­ent starters over about 20 races.

Satur­day’s sec­ond-placed rider, Toomey, is just 11-years-old after mov­ing up from the de­vel­op­ment grade dur­ing the sea­son.

Be­hind Toomey, in third place, was Is­abella Roul­ston.

In the fastest time bat­tle, Hay­den Jef­fer­son en­sured it was a Ti­maru Boys’ High dou­ble, with a pow­er­ful ride through the field for fourth in 41min 34sec to win the Woodgate Cup. Jax­son Whyte was sec­ond fastest in 42.35. Roul­ston was the fastest girl in 51.32, with Jorja Kitch­ing sec­ond fastest in 52.26.

The club’s un­der-17 win­ter sea­son fin­ishes this Satur­day with a 20-kilo­me­tre grade scratch from the Waitohi Hall near Temuka. A top turnout is ex­pected with the bat­tle for the over­all sea­son points tro­phies to be de­cided.

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