Repeat performance sees duo retain cup

The strong combination of Gerard van Antwerpen and Jeremy McKenzie repeated last year's performance to retain Cuddon Cycling Marlborough's Geddes Memorial Cup two-up time trial event at Renwick on Saturday afternoon.

The 40-kilometre open grade event drew a small field with riders encountering good conditions on the outward journey with a stiff head wind home. Van Antwerpen and McKenzie recorded a good time outward (27min 25sec) to finish on 58min 33sec even though the course was slightly longer than usual.

The minor placings went to Martin Fletcher/Brent Ackroyd (62:23) and Dave Grono/Graham Henderson (66:49). The sealed handicap cup was won by the Mike McManaway/Rene de Ruiter pair by 59 seconds from Fletcher/Ackroyd with another nine seconds back to Rhonda Murphy/Craig Murphy in third place.


Open grade - Geddes Memorial Cup two-up time trial 40km, G van Antwerpen/J McKenzie 58:33 1, M Fletcher/B Ackroyd 62:23 2, D Grono/G Henderson 66:40 3, P Halligan/D MacKenzie 67:17 4, M McManaway/R de Ruiter 67:54 5, R Murphy/C Murphy 68:02 6, J Blackmore/C Ireland 70:23 7, D Nicholson/C Dew 75:40 8.

Sealed handicap, M McManaway/R de Ruiter (10:30) 57:24 1, M Fletcher/B Ackroyd (4) 58:23 2, R Murphy/C Murphy (9:30) 58:32 3, G van Antwerpen/J McKenzie (scr) 58:33 4, P Halligan/D MacKenzie (8:30) 58:47 5, D Grono/G Henderson (7:30) 59:10 6, J Blackmore/C Ireland (11) 59:23 7, D Nicholson/C Dew (16) 59:40 8.

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