Southland riders face tough battle

The lead group in the combined elite, U23, and U19 men's race at Gorge Road. Photo: Cycling Southland

CHAMPIONS were crowned in categories ranging from under-13 to 85-plus in the Outdoor H&J Southland Road and Time Trial Championships last weekend.

The time trial on Saturday saw riders facing challenging weather as they set off on their solo efforts, from 10km for the U13 riders to 25km for seniors.

Peter Grandiek took out the masters’ men 85-plus division, braving the elements to complete his 15km race.

The distance would not have been a challenge for Grandiek, who was planning a 100km fundraising ride for St John in October, in celebration of his 89th birthday.

At the other end of the scale, Poppy McIvor took the U13 girls’ title, with Lachlan Kelly taking the U13 boys’ title. The other winners were Caitlin Kelly (U15 girls), Kayne Borrie (U15 boys), Jaz McLeod (U17 girls), Marshall Erwood (U17 boys), Rhylee Akeroyd (U19 women), Morgan Borrie (U19 men), Julia Hunt (elite women), Erin Criglington (masters’ women), Neil Ungerer (masters’ men 1), Andrew Lienert (masters’ men 2), and Neil Familton (masters’ men 3).

Sunday dawned with more amiable weather for the road race championships.

McIvor and Kelly doubled up in the road race to add to their time-trial titles in the U13 division, with Caitlin Kelly doing the same in the U15 girls’ division.

In the U15 boys’ race, it came down to a photo finish, with Magnus Jamieson taking the win over Borrie.

McLeod added the road race title to her time trial title in the U17 women’s division, with Erwood breaking clear with some 30km to go to make it a time trial and road race double in the under U17 boys’ division.

Akeroyd won the U19 women’s road race in a photo finish over Tyla Green to claim the double, while Hunter Gough took out the U19 men’s road race in a tough 106km race which saw the U19, U23, and elite men’s fields combined.

The U23 men’s title went to Hamish Keast, who formed part of a lead group of five riders who split from the rest of the field early in the race.

The elite women’t title went to Hunt, doubling up from the time trial, with Matt Zenovich taking the Elite men’s title.

Criglington claimed the masters’ women’s title with a strong solo effort, to go with her time trial victory, with Ungerer also doubling up with the road race win in the masters’ men’s 1 division. The masters’ men’s 2 title went to Mike White, with Trevor McRae taking the masters’ men’s 3 title.

  • The next major events for Cycling Southland were the Memorial Race Classic on Saturday, with the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland from October 2 to 4.

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