Sorenson marks cycling double
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.