New Zealand representative and former Marlborough rider Cameron Karwowski dominated Cuddon Cycling Marlborough's Cycle World Stage Race No 3 at Fairhall last week.
The A grade event's first stage, over 12km, started at Wither Hills Winery and covered a course around Benmorven, the Ridge Resort and finishing at Fairbourne Dr. The pressure went on early, Karwowski and Peter Crampton riding away to finish over a minute clear of Lee Griggs and Gerard van Antwerpen.
Stage two, over 10km, followed a route up to Hawkesbury and around a small circuit to finish in Dog Point Rd. The field split going into Hawkesbury and four riders contested the sprint, taken by Karwowski over Crampton, Ethan Batt and Nick Batt.
The final 6km stage back to Wither Hills Winery was fast and furious with a lot of breakaway attempts. Twelve riders went for the line with junior under-17 rider Ethan Batt taking honours over Karwowski, Crampton and Kevin Bishell.
The overall result went to Karwowski over Crampton, Batt, van Antwerpen and Griggs. The sealed handicap also went to Karwowski, ahead of Crampton and Batt.
B grade followed a similar course and Hugh Trollope's strength on the hills saw him take stage one and a six-second lead over Christopher Grammer and Merrick Thompson. Five riders cleared out on stage two, Grammer winning the sprint over Trollope, Thompson, Jack Ritchie and Ethan Brydon. The final stage saw seven riders contest the sprint, Grammer again taking the win from Trollope, Thompson, Ritchie and Dagmar van Antwerpen.
The overall result was a win to Trollope by four seconds from Grammer, with another nine seconds to Thompson in third. Trollope convincingly won the sealed handicap by 14 seconds over Ritchie, with another 30 seconds back to Thompson in third.
Cycle World Stage Race No 3
Stage one, 12km: C Karwowski 16m 10s 1, P Crampton st 2, L Griggs 17m 27s 3, G van Antwerpen s.t. 4, E Batt 17m 58s 5.
Stage two, 10km: C Karwowski 14m 03s 1, P Crampton st 2, E Batt st 3, N Batt 14m 07s 4, G van Antwerpen 14m 35s 5.
Stage three, 6km: E Batt 9m00s 1, C Karwowski st 2, P Crampton st 3, K Bishell st 4, L Griggs 9m 01s 5.
Overall classification: C Karwowski 39m 13s 1, P Crampton s.t. 2, E Batt 41m 00s 3, G van Antwerpen 41m 07s 4, L Griggs 41m 12s 5.
Overall handicap: C Karwowski (scr) 39m 13s 1, P Crampton (scr) s.t. 2, E Batt (30s) 40m 30s 3, L Griggs (30s) 40m 42s 4, K Bishell (1m) 41m 00s 5.
B grade: Stage one, 10km: H Trollope 17m 14s 1, C Grammer 17m 20s 2, M Thompson 17m 25s 3, E Brydon 17m 33s 4, J Ritchie 17m 35s 5.
Stage two, 10km: C Grammer 16m 56s 1, H Trollope st 2, M Thompson st 3, J Ritchie st 4, E Brydon st 5.
Stage three, 6km: C Grammer 11m 49s 1, H Trollope 11m 51s 2, M Thompson 11m 53s 3, J Ritchie s.t. 4, D van Antwerpen 12m 07s 5.
Overall classification: H Trollope 46m 01s 1, C Grammer 46m 05s 2, M Thompson 46m 14s 3, J Ritchie 46m 24s 4, E Brydon 46m 44s.
Overall handicap: H Trollope (1m) 45m 01s 1, J Ritchie (1m) 45m 24s 2, M Thompson (20s) 45m 54s 3, C Grammer (scr) 46m 05s 4, E Brydon (scr) 46m 44s 5.
- The Marlborough Express