‘Moun­tie’ Mor­ris ready to push on

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lap with these guys so I def­i­nitely ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.’’

While he didn’t quite fin­ish the race in Hok­i­tika, Mor­ris said that’s his goal when he races in his home town.

‘‘I’m look­ing to hope­fully fin­ish the race. I train on these roads six days a week so hope­fully I can just use my lo­cal knowl­edge, and know where the best recovery spots are.’’

Mor­ris said it’s over­whelm­ing to be rac­ing along­side some of the coun­try’s best.

Ti­maru’s Chris Kar­ton, who cur­rently leads the Masters men’s 35-44 grade, rides for the South Can­ter­bury-dom­i­nated Heart­land Ri­coh team that in­cludes Jeff Al­lan, Glenn Gould, Mal­colm Hen­ham and Hamish McDon­ald. Kar­ton has a three point lead over Blair Martin.

The event also fea­tures stars of the fu­ture with sev­eral mem­bers of the NZ team for the ju­nior world track cycling cham­pi­onships in Switzer­land in Au­gust lin­ing up.

These in­clude for­mer Mid-South Can­ter­bury star Bai­ley O’Don­nell (Christchurch), Finn Fisher-Black (Nel­son), Corbin Strong (In­ver­cargill), An­n­marie Lipp (Christchurch), So­phie Blox­ham (In­ver­cargill), Sami Donnelly (Christchurch) and Ally Wol­las­ton (Cam­bridge).

Rid­ing as an in­di­vid­ual, lead­ing Kiwi triath­lete An­drea He­witt is mak­ing her sec­ond ap­pear­ance in the se­ries af­ter rid­ing in an early round last year.

Other top women rac­ing are Hok­i­tika’s Shar­lotte Lu­cas, fourth in the Com­mon­wealth Games road race, Dunedin 19-year-old Ella Har­ris, who won the Christchurch to Akaroa women’s race in March, and Kate McIl­roy, who was sec­ond in the Christchurch to Akaroa race.

McIl­roy and Lu­cas missed the pre­vi­ous two rounds of the se­ries due to Games com­mit­ments. The pair were first and sec­ond in the open­ing round of the se­ries in Dunedin.

South­lander Matt Zen­ovich has a seven point lead in the elite stand­ings, ahead of un­der 23 se­ries leader Kees Duyvesteyn.

The race starts from the South­burn Hall – on the cor­ner of Pare­ora River Rd and Cairds Rd start­ing at 10am.

PHOTO: JOHN BIS­SET/STUFF

Pedal power: Sam Mor­ris, 16, is rid­ing in the Calder Ste­wart se­ries around South Can­ter­bury to­day.

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