Masters grade cyclists from Rotorua, Kapiti, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Takaka, as well as a good core of riders from our Tasman Wheelers Club competed with enthusiasm in all four days of the Mighty Masters Cycling Festival held October 16 -20. Kicking off the events on Wednesday 16 October was a great day’s racing at the Saxton Velodrome. There were some intense battles for placings especially in the 50-60-year age group. The over 75-year age group showed us all that they can still handle a fixed wheel bike at speed.
Stand out battles for places featured Brett Grimwood, Wayne Frecklington, Don MacLean and Steve Brough constantly chasing each other down the bottom bend and up the front straight of the fast velodrome.
On Saturday 19 October the short and sharp Time Trial of one lap around Mt Heslington near Brightwater, saw riders push for some very fast times. The weather opened out to glorious sunshine after early rain but didn’t put the riders off. Outstanding in this event was Hans Bauer (65-70 age group) from Takaka with the overall fastest time of 14mins. 15 secs for the demanding course and holding off some of the younger competitors.
On Saturday 19th afternoon we had a great time involved in the racing events with the Criterium series at the Waimea West 2.5km circuit. The feature race would have to be in the 50-65 group with an outstanding ride from Tasman Wheeler’s Steve Brough to hold off a fast advancing pack of riders. The spectators were treated to some very good racing.
The Sunday 20th Road Race was a real success held around an 8.2km block at Mahana. Outstanding rides from Rob Daly (75-80), Hans Bauer (65-70), Steve Brough (60-65) and Ryno Botha (50+) helped to keep the supporters clapping and cheering on the riders. Jan Daly from Christchurch rode with determination to complete the event and take out the Women’s race. Special mention is made of Rob Daly from Christchurch who won all of the 75-80 events.
The 2 paraplegic riders Peter Restieaux from Ashburton and Brian Jacobson from Takaka both competed well amongst the regular riders. They were working hard on the velodrome trying to beat each other. Brian achieved some top placings in each all of his races. The organisers, Malcolm Saunders and Murray Cameron, enjoyed working to put this event on to the Master’s Cycling national evets calendar.
The camaraderie and competitive spirit evident, and the great support from riders and their contingent of supporters at the aftermatch functions, was obvious testament to a very good cycling festival. The organisers wish to thank all those who provided their voluntary time to assist in the management of the multiple events. Jan and Rob Daly, ChCh, enjoyed their First-Place achievements at the Masters Festival