Nathan Adams wins Gore to Invercargill race
Timaru rider Nathan Adams will have his name etched on the Gore to Invercargill trophy after becoming the most recent winner of the prestigious classic tonight.
The 35-year-old is a B grade rider in Timaru, but has been working hard during the summer as he builds up to the age group national track championships being staged at the Stadium Southland velodrome at the end of February.
Adams was part of a hard-working crew riding off the 11-minute mark in the handicap race.
''It was pretty good. My bunch worked really well, just time-trial lapped it all the way. There were some good strong laps from everybody, but when we caught the other bunch with about 15km to go they upset things a wee bit,'' he said.
''We got a bit of rhythm towards the end and then had a little play around at the finish. I was blown to bits, I'd emptied the tank a fair way up the road and couldn't even get out of my seat, so I wasn't sure what was going on.''
A field of 67 riders started the 70km race from the Gore Showgrounds to a Tay St finish in Invercargill.
The Gore to Invercargill Classic has been raced since 1930 and is thought to be the longest-running race of its kind in New Zealand.
Otago's Michael Greave was second in the final sprint, just ahead of Invercargill's Erin Criglington.
Cam Karwowski was the fastest rider, with a provisional time of 1hr 36min 45sec, while Josh Haggerty was the fastest junior and Sequoia Cooper the fastest woman.
Adams said his win was the perfect way to finish four days of hard racing which had included the New Year track carnival and criterium racing.
''A friend of ours, Dylan Kennett, won it last year and I've come down for the four days ofracing. I'm pretty rapt to get that, that's for sure,'' Adams said.