Hot cycling action on road and at velodrome
Cyclists were out in force for the Taranaki Cycling Association's two-day summer carnival last weekend.
Road races were held on Saturday at Huirangi with New Plymouth's Darry Stevens first home in the A grade just ahead of Stratford's Mel Titter and Greg Marfell. Barry Marnoch won the B grade race, ahead of fellow New Plymouth riders Tonchi Pepperell and Craig Peters.
Winner of the C grade race was new young rider Joshua Turner, who had a clear lead on Phil Hulse. Third was Joshua's father, Matthew.
Racing switched to the Bell Block velodrome on Sunday.
Palmerston North rider Jaycob Humphreys won the A grade criterium race, with more than 50 riders competing in the points race, the scratch races, the keirin races, derbys and elimination races.
Wellington's Hayley Giddens beat junior world champion Cassie Cameron, of Whanganui, to win the women's 20-lap race followed by New Plymouth's Maxyna Cottam, while in the masters events, New Plymouth's Jeremy Cottam held a sprint finish in the 30-lap race over New Plymouth's Vaughan Smith and Palmerston North's Ross Castle.
In the senior ranks, Palmerston North's Jordan Castle outsprinted New Plymouth's Denay Cottam in the open cup race over 40 laps, finishing ahead of Palmerston North's Luke Mudgway and Kyle Davis.
The summer carnival was part of the West Coast North Island buildup to the elite track nationals in Invercargill on January 27. The nationals will be preceded by the West Cost North Island championships being hosted in New Plymouth on January 19 and 20.