Women hold on to Hope Gib­bons ti­tle

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Ath­let­ics Cy­cling Master­ton hosted the Hope Gib­bons Team Time Trial cy­cling event on Sun­day.

ACM pres­i­dent An­drew Lin­ton said it was good con­di­tions for the clas­sic Welling­ton re­gional cy­cling event though num­bers were down a bit on pre­vi­ous years.

One of the main con­tribut­ing club’s had an­other race on the same day.

The full 40km course took rid­ers from the eastern out­skirts of Master­ton along Te Whiti Road to Long­bush for a turn­around at 20kms.

The lo­cal women’s team man­aged to hold on to the tro­phy for an­other year af­ter a strong, but ul­ti­mately ill-fated chal­lenge from ri­vals at Kapiti Cy­cling.

The two clubs have bat­tled each other in the event in re­cent years but ACM has man­aged to hold on to the ti­tle.

The Kapiti team faced a se­vere set­back which was wit­nessed by the lo­cal rid­ers who had caught Kapiti by the 20km turn­around.

One of the Kapiti rid­ers crashed at as she was turn­ing which caused an­other rider to spill.

The ACM team of Belinda Fuller, Kirsten Goodin, Emily Lu­tyens and Les­ley Mouat won in a time of 1:05:53

The Hope Gib­bons Shield was up for grabs for the top men’s team and this year it was Welling­ton Mas­ters Cy­cling Club’s An­gus Tay­lor. Tijs Robin­son, Christo­pher Steven­son and Ben Storey that won with a time of 54:25.

The ACM team of Derek Roberts, Ben Knight, Richard Day and Lyall Cum­ing were sec­ond in a time of 57:56.

Kapiti Cy­cling won the mixed so­cial cat­e­gory in a time of 1:07:53.

Toby Braun, Tom Joyce, Joshua Foote and Caleb Roberts won the short course sec­tion.

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