‘Mountie’ Morris ready to push on
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.
Pedal power: Sam Morris, 16, is riding in the Calder Stewart series around South Canterbury today.