NP schoolboy takes hon­ours

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST -

New Ply­mouth schoolboy Henry Lehrke took time hon­ours in the Temp­sky block cy­cle hand­i­cap on Satur­day from team­mate Lewis Park and Haw­era’s Seth Cole­man on the sum­mit fin­ish in Nor­manby to grab his first win of the new sea­son. Lehrke (15) over­took Park (15) and scratch rider Col­man after the last turn to cap a gru­el­ing climb over the clos­ing kilo­me­tres in a win­ning time of 1hr 14min 30sec.Col­man could not keep up with the schoolboy duo as the lo­cal rider buck­led to­wards the end, fin­ish­ing nine sec­onds be­hind.

‘‘It was re­ally tough to­day, but def­i­nitely an ex­cit­ing race,’’ said Le­htke, who has only been rac­ing for the last two years. ‘‘We’re rac­ing so fast and you’re con­stantly on the limit,’’ Lehrke said. ‘‘Against Paul and Seth it’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult. Com­pet­ing in these climbs, your first goal is just to hang-on.’’

The trio all rode off scratch on a 13-minute hand­i­cap, reach­ing the front of the race at the start of the third and fi­nal lap after 44km of rac­ing. Hand­i­cap and fastest times: Henry Lehrke 1hr 14min 30s, 1; Lewis Park 1hr 14min 32s, 2; Seth Col­man 1hr 14min 39s, 3.

Mean­while, Cy­cling New Zealand an­nounced the Van­tage Age Group Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships would bein the Wairarapa on April 20-22 next year. The three-day event that fea­tures the best ju­nior and do­mes­tic elite cy­clists along with lead­ing age group com­peti­tors from un­der-15 years to over 75 years.

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