NP schoolboy takes honours
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.