Phil Hulse did best in a tight finish to win the Stratford Cycling Club's Aaron Taylor Cup raced over a 62km course from Stratford to Whangamomona on Sunday.
From the 34-minute bunch, Hulse dropped his co-markers on the Strathmore Saddle in the Mitchell Cycles-sponsored event and went on to win by eight seconds in a time of 2hr and 32sec.
Second was Pete Roberts (1hr 46min 40sec), with 14-minute bunch riders Grant Dean, Mike Parker and Peter Scrafft next. Fastest time went to Mel Titter, clocking 1hr 35min 57sec.
Taranaki Daily News