Phoebe Young is flanked on the podium by Kate Smith and Abigail Morton, photo provided

Oscar Elworthy’s time trial was enough to secure him the overall win in the GIB Te Awamutu Junior Tour.  Unfortunately a truck stopped play for the U19 boys but he’d done enough for the overall win.  The U19 girls win went to Phoebe Young while the Open Women’s race was won by Teresa Adam.

The Open women’s and U19 girls race was held together in the GIB Te Awamutu Junior Tour.  Overall 34 riders took to the start line for the opening 86km stage.  The stage was raced at an average speed of 35.36kph and saw Olivia Ray of Auckland Central Cycling Club get her campaign  off to a winning start.  Out of a small group of 9 riders Ray took the sprint and with it the first leader’s jersey ahead of U19 rider Phoebe Young of Central Otago Wakatipu and Open Women’s rider Laura Newman-Watt.  Teresa Adam of Counties Manukau Cycling Inc completed the Open Women’s top 3 as she crossed the line in 4th, and teammate Abigail Morton and Kate Smith of Canterbury Track Club did the same for the U19 girls as they crossed the line 5th and 6th respectively.

In the U19 boys race it was a 111km road race to get things started and a narrow solo victory awaited for Auckland Central’s Hamish Ducat.  Just 8 seconds separated Ducat from the chasers but he’d done enough to claim the stage ahead of a fast charging Corbin Strong of Cycling Southland and Aaron Wylie of Counties Manukau Cycling Inc.

On to stage 2 and this time it was the individual time trial – that had been stage 1 for U15-U17 riders – and a reversal of fortunes in the U19 and Open Women’s race.  Phoebe Young stepped up to take the win and a firmer grip on the U19 girls’ GC with a time of 13.54mins; just 5 seconds faster than Teresa Adam while Nicole Shields of Central Otago Wakatipu Cycling took third place and second U19, ahead of Olivia Ray and Bike Manawatu’s Emily Shearman (U19).   Laura Newman-Watt secured the final top three spot in the Open Women’s race.

In the U19 boys race Oscar Elworthy of North Harbour Cycling Club blitzed the field to take the win in 12.11mins, 11 seconds ahead of teammate Harry Waine and 17 seconds up on Aaron Wyllie of Counties Manukau Cycling Inc.

This meant that Elworthy moved into the overall lead by 15 seconds from Wyllie, with Ben Hamilton of Counties Manukau sitting in third place overall.  Sadly there would be no third stage results as a stock truck crash out on the course which blocked the road forced commissaires to make the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel the stage.  That meant that Elworthy maintained his lead and took out the title.

The stage 3 finale for the Open Women and U19 girls did go ahead though and saw a second stage win for Olivia Ray.  The Aucklander took the stage win in a large bunch sprint finish with Auckland Central teammate Georgia Danford taking second place and first U19 ahead of Nicole Shields and Libby Arbuckle of Bike Manawatu who completed the U19 top three.

Overall in the U19 girls standings the win went to Phoebe Young who held a 32 second lead ahead of Kate Smith, with Abigail Morton third overall.  In the Open Women’s standings the win went to Teresa Adam, with Olivia Ray second and Laura Newman-Watt.  The sprint classification went to Olivia Ray while Team Bike Box’s Deborah Paine secured the win in the Queen of the Mountains classification.


For more results from the GIB Te Awamutu Junior Tour click here.


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