Batt proves class twice over

Master rider Nick Batt has been the form rider over the last two weeks in clearly winning Cuddon Cycling Marlborough's Cycle World Stage Race No 4 and Cycle World Time Trial No 5.

The Cycle World stage race was run over two stages starting and finishing at Wither Hills Winery. The first 12km stage saw windy conditions split the field as they headed up New Renwick Rd and Brancott Rd. Batt broke from the lead group in the latter stages and put 48 seconds between him and his nearest rival in the hard finish up the hilly Bookers Rd.

Gerard van Antwerpen and Dylan Vile finished second and third respectively. The fast 14km final stage followed a route back into Godfreys Rd and they turned for home.

Six riders went clear with Van Antwerpen taking the win in the sprint over Batt and Vile. The overall victory went to Batt from Van Antwerpen, Vile, Paul Newman and Lee Griggs respectively. Batt also took the sealed handicap by 3 seconds to Newman with Georgia Catterick another 22 seconds back in third place.

Merrick Thompson took the overall win on time and handicap in the B grade event from Grant Clifford.

Batt again dominated in the final Cycle World time trial of the summer series by beating favourite Ray Dunstan by 12 seconds on the 16km New Renwick Rd/Godfreys Rd course, recording 21min 32sec. Gerard van Antwerpen (22min 34sec) took third place.

The sealed handicap went to Mel Jones, with a good solid ride, 19sec up on Batt with another 20sec back to Susan van der Pol and Craig Anderson at third equal.

Results: Cycle World Stage Race No 4- Stage One 12km, N Batt 17m 14s 1, G van Antwerpen 18m 02s 2, D Vile 18m 07s 3, P Newman 18m 26s 4, C Anderson 18m 32s 5. Stage Two 14km, G van Antwerpen 17m 25s 1, N Batt 17m 27s 2, D Vile 17m 28s 3, P Newman 17m s.t. 4, L Griggs 17m 37s. Overall classification: N Batt 34m 41s 1, G van Antwerpen 35m 27s 2, D Vile 35m 35s 3, P Newman 35m 54s 4, L Griggs 36m 11s 5. Sealed handicap, N Batt (20s) 34m 21s 1, P Newman (1m 30s) 34m 24s 2, G Catterick (2m) 34m 46s 3, D Vile (30s) 35m 05s 4, G van Antwerpen 35m 07s 5.

Cycle World Time Trial No 5, 16km - N Batt 21m 32s 1, R Dunstan 21m 44s 2, G van Antwerpen 22m 34s 3, M Fletcher 23m 45s 4, B Verhoef 24m 04s 5, D Vile and R Lock 24m 29s 6 equal, R Murphy 25m08s 8, G Catterick 25m 50s, G Henderson 26m 09s 10. Sealed handicap, M Jones (7m40s) 19m 59s 1, N Batt (20s) 20m 17s 2, S van der Pol (6m40s) and C Anderson (4m 40s) 20m 37s 3 equal, D Vile (3m 50s) 20m 39s 5, J Greer (12m) and M Thompson (6m) 20m 44s 6 equal, G Henderson (5m 10s) 20m 59s 8, G van Antwerpen (1m 15s) 21m 19s 9, G Catterick (4m25s) and M Fletcher (2m 20s) 21m 25 10 equal.

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