Fuller first home from Twizel to Ti­maru

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT - BRAY­DEN LIND­SAY

A tran­si­tion at the start of the year from triathlons to cy­cling is pay­ing div­i­dends for Twizel to Ti­maru win­ner Ioan Fuller.

The 19-year-old from Dunedin broke away late from the bunch, who were un­able to catch him in the 150km race, to earn race hon­ours.

Fuller, one of 70 riders in the field from Christchurch to In­ver­cargill, was chased hard by sec­ond placed Bai­ley O’Don­nell, a well-known rider in Ao­raki cir­cles but the young­ster was un­able to reel Fuller in.

Win­ning the Twizel to Ti­maru race in his first crack capped off the day in style, Fuller said.

‘‘I had never done this event be­fore. It was my first time rac­ing it so I’m re­ally pleased that I man­aged to hold off the field and win.’’

He was in the break group, which had a six minute head start on the scratch bunch that con­tained some of the race favourites.

‘‘They caught us about Pleas­ant Point but me and my team-mate Nick Ross worked re­ally well to­gether and man­aged to get an­other bit of a break go­ing and while they caught him, they didn’t have the legs to get me.

The can­cel­la­tion a fort­night ago of the Nel­son round in the Calder Ste­wart Se­ries prompted Fuller to give the Twizel to Ti­maru race a nudge.

‘‘I was in need of a de­cent race and since Nel­son didn’t hap­pen and peo­ple rec­om­mended this race, so I de­cided to come up and give it a crack.’’

Fuller said he would hap­pily come back and race again. ‘‘I think I have to now I’ve won the event.’’ With triathlon not work­ing out, he al­ways en­joyed cy­cling so de­cided to give it more of a go.

‘‘I have al­ways en­joyed it and thought let’s see what I can do with it.’’

Ti­maru’s Chris Kar­ton bagged the fastest time, com­ing home in a tick over three hours and 19 min­utes, which also grabbed third place.

Kar­ton’s sis­ter, Amy Hol­lamby, was the fastest women home to com­plete a fam­ily dou­ble.

Cy­cling Ti­maru pres­i­dent Dar­ren Cuth­bert­son said it was a qual­ity race. ‘‘We’re in­cred­i­bly thank­ful that the weather held out and that there was very lit­tle wind around.’’

He was pleased with how the race panned out.

‘‘The scratch group caught the main bunch just be­fore Pleas­ant Point, which set up an ex­cit­ing fin­ish and then Ioan [Fuller] was able to sneak away late and grab the win.’’

Cuth­bert­son was pleased with how the over­all event ran.

‘‘It went re­ally well. We had a num­ber of out of town com­peti­tors say they re­ally en­joyed it and would be back.’’

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

James Ry­der leads the sec­ond limit bunch past Lake Pukaki dur­ing the 150-kilo­me­tre 2017 Twizel to Ti­maru cy­cle race.

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