Fast times, close finishes on annual Pass to Pub

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 03/03/2014
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LONG LINE: A trail of keen cyclists take part in the Pass to Pub mountain bike race from Burkes Pass to Albury.

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Fast riding and fast times were the highlight of the Pass to Pub yesterday with a tail-wind pushing riders from Burkes Pass to Albury.

Event organiser Chris Thomas said the event attracted about 550 riders.

"It was a great day, the weather conditions were almost perfect for the bike race, even though there was rain on Friday, that just dampened down the track but the track was still hard and fast," Mr Thomas said.

"All the rivers and creeks were all rideable and there was a tail-wind and as a result there were really fast times across the board."

First home was David Ashby-Coventry in a record time, 1hr 9mins. Second was Chris Karton (Timaru), and third was Logan Horn, from Christchurch, who was last year's winner.

The first woman home was Lydia Kinsman, from Fairlie, finishing in 1hr 27mins, second was Amy Hollamby while Isabel Clarke finished third.

"Between the first and third woman there was 12 seconds. It was pretty close riding," Mr Thomas said.

"Lydia was the first woman home last year. Unfortunately her trophy was destroyed in a house fire last year so we got her a new one."

The Pass to Pub has been running for more than 20 years. The 36km ride starts in Rollesby Valley Road, Burkes Pass in the Mackenzie Country, and crosses 12 farms, through valleys, across streams, along farm tracks and shingle roads to the finish at the Albury Tavern on SH 8.

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- The Timaru Herald

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