Gerard van Antwerpen's unique record of four consecutive fastest times in Cuddon Cycling Marlborough's Osgood Cups event became a reality when he took first place and fastest time in the event last Saturday afternoon.
The prestigious open grade 54 kilometre handicap event from Blenheim to Picton and return saw the riders encounter strong head winds on the outward journey.
The backmarkers closed in rapidly in the tough conditions with the scratch markers gathering in all the field at Koromiko, on the return journey, with the exception of Josh Scott (off 3 minutes). Scott held on until the Wairau Bridge where he was joined by the eight chasing riders. A strong attack by scratchman van Antwerpen at Grovetown saw his competitors struggle with only youngsters Callum Saunders and Peter Crampton staying with him. Experience prevailed in the sprint home with van Antwerpen convincingly taking the double honours, over co-markers Saunders and Crampton. Jeremy McKenzie (scr) and Scott came in 21 seconds later for fourth and fifth placing respectively.
The junior under-17 grade competed in a 21km handicap event over three laps of the Lower Wairau circuit. A strong solo ride by Hugh Trollope (off 4m 15s) saw him go through the field to take victory by one minute to his nearest rival. Bryce Blackmore (off 7min) and new rider Zach Mortimer (off 7min) teamed well to take the minor placings respectively. Fastest time honours were taken by Callum Caughey (scr) in a close sprint with co-marker Ethan Brydon.
Open Grade, G van Antwerpen (off scr) 1, C Saunders (off scr) 2, P Crampton (off scr) 3, J McKenzie (off scr) 4, J Scott (off 3m) 5, L Landon-Lane (off 3m) 6, M Fletcher (off 5m) 7, D Grono (off 5m) 8, M Bruce (off 5m) 9, M McManaway (off 11m) 10, Fastest time, G van Antwerpen (scr) 1hr 17m 36s 1, C Saunders (scr) st 2, P Crampton (scr) st 3, J McKenzie (scr) 1hr 17m 57s 4, J Scott (3m) 1hr 20m 58s 5.
Junior under 17 grade- 21km handicap, H Trollope (off 4m 15s) 1, B Blackmore (off 7m) 2, Z Mortimer (off 7m) 3, J Greer (off 12m) 4, C Caughey (off scr) 5. Fastest time, C Caughey (scr) 45m 17s 1, E Brydon (scr) st 2, J Ritchie (scr) 46m 46s 3.
- The Marlborough Express
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