Novice tour ends in confusion

Timing systems affected by rain

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 07:35 09/12/2013
Bike tour
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TALL ORDER: Riders slogging it out to be first up Saddle Road during the Manawatu Novice Tour near Ashhurst during the weekend.

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More time and effort may be put into manual timing for the Manawatu Novice Tour after rain left everyone guessing who actually won the event in Ashhurst yesterday.

The 40th anniversary of the national tour had been running smoothly until the heavens opened yesterday afternoon during the stage four time trial up Saddle Road and wrecked all the computer timing systems.

Manual timings were taken as a backup, but organisers were unable to process them by the time all 150 riders went home yesterday evening.

The general classification, king of the mountain and sprint ace categories couldn't be verified across the under-19, 17, 15 and 13 age groups. Results were expected to be made available today for the four-stage tour.

It is understood Central Hawke's Bay's Regan Gough was the overall winner of the under-19 boys, but organisers couldn't say for certain.

In the available results, Gough was third in the under-19 boys stage 3 Valley Road circuit, which was 100km for under-19 riders, 68km for under-17s and 34km for under-15s.

Charles Michael from Counties Manukau won the stage in 2 hours 56 minutes 24 seconds, with Keegan Girdlestone two seconds behind in second, the same time as Gough.

In a good race for Manawatu, Campbell Stewart won the under-17 stage 3 event in 1hr 59min 40 seconds, one second ahead of Bike Manawatu team-mates Carne Groube and Joel Yates.

Three Michaelas were on the podium for the under-17 girls stage 3 with Michaela Harvey from Counties Manukau first in 2hr 13min 6sec, Michaela Drummond from Palmerston North second, and Michaela Kerr third, all on the same time in a sprint finish.

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