Women hold on to Hope Gibbons title
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.