Gaze, Bond lock horns in sum­mer se­ries Young Bai­ley shows ex­cep­tional form win­ning B grade race

Waipa Post - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

World-class cy­clists Sam Gaze and Hamish Bond were locked in a bat­tle up the home straight in week three of the Spo­ken Cy­cles Sum­mer Se­ries run by Te Awa­mutu Sports Cy­cling Club.

Gaze pipped Bond for A grade line hon­ours, both cred­ited with 34 min­utes 18 sec­onds for the 26km out and back jour­ney around Mt Kakepuku. Their av­er­age speed was 45.48kph.

Olympian Dy­lan Ken­nett fin­ished third at 17 sec­onds, out­sprint­ing the chas­ing pack of Ge­orge Jack­son, Lo­gan Grif­fin, Sam Dobbs, Burnie Mc­Grath, Xan­der White, Sam Cook and Te Awa­mutu Open win­ner Alex Heaney who fin­ished in that or­der.

It has been an­other mag­i­cal year for cross coun­try moun­tain biker Gaze who sup­ports the lo­cal club when his com­mit­ments end with his Spe­cial­ized Fac­tory Rac­ing team.

The 23 year old be­came the first New Zealan­der to win an elite UCI Moun­tain Bike World Cup ti­tle in March when he claimed the cross coun­try event in the first round of the sea­son in Stel­len­bosch, South Africa.

The fol­low­ing month he won gold in the cross coun­try event at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games held on the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia, out­sprint­ing his com­pa­triot and sil­ver place win­ner An­ton Cooper. Grif­fin leads the A grade sum­mer se­ries with 36 points, from Heaney 29, Ge­orge Jack­son 22, James Har­vey 21, Jarred Trey­mane 20, Kuys­ten 18, Nathan Bunn 18, Jared Gray 15, Michael Tor­ck­ler 15, Gaze 15, Xan­der White 15 and Bond 14.

A bumper field of 183 rid­ers signed on for week three’s races.

The most eye-catch­ing ride was Blake Bai­ley win­ning the B1 grade in 38.34. The teenager won by four sec­onds from Luke We­ston, with third placed Ethan Cor­bett an­other two sec­onds af­ter.

Bai­ley, still el­i­gi­ble for Un­der 15 com­pe­ti­tion, is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his first grade rac­ing. It has taken him only three races to up­stage his B1 op­po­si­tion, in­clud­ing the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Rus­sell Mudg­way and New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ally Wol­las­ton (17) who won a sil­ver medal in the girls’ team pur­suit at this year’s UCI Ju­nior Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in Switzer­land.

Coach Brian Fleck was not sur­prised.

“Blake has been rid­ing away from his un­der 15 ri­vals in all his Waikato-Bay of Plenty Cen­tre races and he trains re­ally hard,” said Fleck

Three rid­ers, Blair Tay­lor, Gary Mikkelsen and Matt Dou­glas, are on 42 points at the top of the B grade leader board.

Tay­lor had to set­tle for fourth, two sec­onds be­hind B2 race win­ner Dou­glas (38.01) and sec­ond placed Mikkelsen, with Ben Hoy third at one sec­ond.

Jax­son Rus­sell, an­other who gets his U17 rider’s li­cense next year, took out the C1 grade race in 40.08. Rus­sell fin­ished one sec­ond clear of six rid­ers in­clud­ing sec­ond placed Dean Tonks and third placed Maddi Dou­glas. MacKen­zie Macky (41.44), Stephen Fache (41.44) and Gra­ham Bunn (44.45) were first three home in C2 grade.

Lead­ing rid­ers on points in C grade are Rus­sell with 44, Bunn 40 and Fache 39.

Dean Burgess has es­tab­lished a five-point lead in the D grade se­ries af­ter win­ning the D2 race in 44.37, from Tessa Jenk­ins (44.38) and Pa­trick Fo­ley (44.39).

Para cy­clist Ni­cole Mur­ray won the D1 race in 45.28, from Basil Trey­mane (45.29) and Steve Hoy (45.30). Burgess has 41 points, Trey­mane 36 and Bruce Car­swell 35.

E grade se­ries leader Jack Fo­ley tri­umphed in week three, win­ning com­fort­ably in 50.29 from Sarah Rus­sell (51.12), Si­mon Foy (51.18) and Bruce Man­deno (51.18). Fo­ley has 45 points, Si­mon Foy 37 and Man­deno 36.

A record 31 rid­ers con­tested the Un­der 15 sealed hand­i­cap race over the 12.5km out-and-back course to Te Mawhai.

Sam Smyth and James Lough­nane made the most of start­ing off 10.5 min­utes, Smyth win­ning in 26.32 and Lough­nane sec­ond in 26.40. Third place was Ja­cob Chetwin off 6.5 min­utes in 23.26.

Fastest time of 20.07 went to scratch rider Hamish Banks who crossed in 31st place. Ge­or­gia Mitchell and Chetwin jointly lead the U15 se­ries with 23 points, one point clear of Jade Perry.

The an­nual Club Hill Climb is sched­uled for Sun­day, Novem­ber 4 us­ing the no­to­ri­ous Man­gakawa hill for this year’s event. The hill climb is a time trial with rid­ers start­ing at one minute in­ter­vals over 4km.

The club’s an­nual Bren­don McGee Memo­rial Track Car­ni­val is be­ing held at the Avan­tidrome in Cam­bridge on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 10.

Cam­bridge High School’s Blake Bai­ley, win­ner of Te Awa­mutu Sports Cy­cling Club’s B1 grade race last Tues­day.

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