Chilly start for series

Last updated 13:13 26/06/2012

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The Tasman Wheelers' Winter Series kicked off on Saturday with the first race around the Mt Heslington course in cold, overcast conditions.

Riders soon warmed up and the rain held off until the race was all but over.

Sprint points were up for grabs at the end of the first lap, adding a level of excitement to the race with some of the young riders getting a bit overexcited and sprinting on all the laps.

A competitive E-grade sprint was won by the club's oldest member, Rod Lewis, a masters 8 category rider.

There were three under-15 boys riding in D grade and they took all the sprint points and the first three places overall in the race. Ethan Batt was first, Hayden Squance second and Bailey Ford third.

Another young rider, Ole Adolphsem (under-17) won the C-grade sprint points and overall title, followed by Tim Miller and the highest-placed woman in the points table, Liz Roberts.

Adolphsem is a German student who has been staying in Nelson with a club member and has been a regular and very competitive rider.

Chris Nicholson won the A grade, with two of the club's talented under-19 riders, Daniel Ellison and Matt Black, close on his heels.

Grant Stirling (M4) won the B grade after riding away from the bunch in the last lap, followed by the ever competitive Garry Overend (M6) and Henry Kersten.

The second race in the series is on Saturday and starts from the Petrie (library) car park with registrations in the car park at the rear of The Stables Tavern from 12.15pm.

Racing starts at 12.45pm for E grade and 1pm for all other grades.

The course is out along State Highway 6 south, turning left onto Wai-iti Valley Rd, left on to Eighty-eight Valley Rd then back along SH6, turning left into Edens Rd in Hope to finish in Pugh Rd. The distance is about 61.5km.

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