Cycle crowd pulls out all the stops

FULL OF CHEER: The crowd turned out in force for the men's national championship road race along Dyers Pass Road.
FULL OF CHEER: The crowd turned out in force for the men's national championship road race along Dyers Pass Road.

There was no putting the brakes on the spirit of Christchurch crowds who turned out in force to cheer on competitors in the men's national road race cycling championship.

Spectators sporting fancy dress - some more extreme than others - lined the streets during 4 1/2 hours of racing on the tricky, 183.7km Cashmere course yesterday.

Watching Christchurch's Hayden Roulston win his fourth national road race title, and second in a row, included the royally themed Malcolm Pearce, who took his "H.M.S Britannia" bicycle creation for a spin up Dyers Pass Rd, joined Playboy bunnies, crayons, human-sized cats, Mexicans and hundreds of lycra-clad weekend warriors among others.

ROYAL AFFAIR: Spectator Malcolm Pearce chose a royal theme for the men's national championship road race this year.
ROYAL AFFAIR: Spectator Malcolm Pearce chose a royal theme for the men's national championship road race this year.

They were just some of the hundreds of people who clambered all over the Dyers Pass climb to watch the race.
Hundreds more flocked to the Pioneer Stadium finish line to see Roulston outsprint Takaka's Jack Bauer.

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