History was made for one of the two Masterton cycling teams taking part in the prestigious Trust House Teams Series on Sunday with Eddy Kuipers riding for the Tararua Builders Racing team storming to victory in a close sprint finish involving almost 40 riders in the final sprint for the line after 90 kilometres of racing.
Race director Jorge Sandoval said there was a lot at stake in all grades heading into Sunday’s 90km race, which began at Henley Lake in Masterton and saw riders race towards Alfredton and return via Whangeahu Valley to the finish at Black Rock Road.
Kuipers beat Bruce Cook and Paul Delahunty in what was a formidable sprint and a great day for the Masterton teams, finally winning a race in the five year series.
Racing on an undulating circuit on the outskirts of Masterton for the final points, the bunch was together at the turning point in Alfredton, the pace was hot on the return leg with several riders being left behind. Current leader of Masters two Matthew Stevens from Kiwivelo team was happy to sit in the bunch and allow other riders to set the pace, in the end Stevens finished the fifth and final race of the series in fourth place behind race winner Eddy Kuipers. However Stevens had secured enough points to take the 2018 Trust House title ahead of Huib Buyck from Total Home Theatre with Palmerston North rider Cliff Hughes in third place.
The teams title in masters two grade went to Stevens’ Kiwivelo team.
In the masters one grade, the title went to Brendan McGrath from the Meo GP team, McGrath’s teammate Brent Backhouse repeated his 2017 win at the same race in winning on Sunday with Dave Weaver in second place and Hayden Bork in third. The Wheelworks team took the masters one grade team’s tittle.
In the Masters three grade the winner was once again Ian Painting from Kiwivelo. Painting was clearly the strongest rider in the field through the series, winning three races and on Sunday once again winning in style, breaking away from the bunch to finish on his own almost 12 seconds in front of the chasing bunch.
The team title went to the Optimal Performance team.
At the series presentation held at The Farriers Restaurant and Bar in Masterton, Mr Sandoval paid special thanks to race sponsor Trust House, other sponsors, the Ulysses Motorcycle Club and all the race officials.
“We’ve managed to stage a great series and place the Wairarapa region as a true road cycling destination. All riders endorsed the new circuits with the series being well supported. In this year’s series we race to Ngawi and Tora in South Wairarapa, Rangitumau, Alfredton and Gladstone. We had over 250 riders take part over five races, most of them coming from outside the Wairarapa. This provided a good economic impact to the town. I will work hard to keep the series based here in the Wairarapa with a better, bigger event in 2019,” Mr Sandoval said.
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1 Brent Backhouse – Meo GP
2 Dave Weaver – Wheelworks Handcrafted
3 Haedyn Borck – MTF Finance/Vetsone
Trust House Series winner – Brendan McGrath – Kiwivelo
Team – Wheelworks
1 Eddy Kuipers – Tararua Builders Racing
2 Bruce Cook – THT Racing
3 Paul Delahunty – FFC Racing Team
Trust House Series winner – Matthew Stevens – Kiwivelo
Team – Kiwivelo
1 Ian Paintin – Kiwivelo
2 Richard Sutton – Optimal Performance
3 Peter Wilkinson – Team Kapiti
Trust House Series winner – Ian Paintin