Olympian Shane Archbold proved too strong for the 40 riders in the Timaru Cycling Club's graded scratch race over a four- lap, 50km course around Otipua on Saturday.
The riders were split into four grades and set off two minutes apart.
The nine riders in A grade set off at a healthy speed and while there were some attacks thrown down during the race, none stuck so it came down to six sprinting for the line.
Predictably Archbold prevailed over Reon Park and Glenn Gould.
In the B grade race 14 riders battled it out in the traditionally even grade.
It also came down to a sprint and it was Christchurch rider Graeme Nuttridge who won well from Michael Jensen and Bill Gibbs.
The 12 riders that made up the C grade turned in the most competitive race of the day.
The fast pace took its toll, along with the heat, but it was Wayne Anderson who emerged victorious, from Dave Hawkey and Paul Williams.
The small but feisty D-grade bunch stayed together until the latter stages of the race where Nigel Leary managed to sneak away. He was, however, chased down by a determined Colin Teahen with Gordon Duff taking third.
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