The Trust House North Island team series is set for a thrilling finale in the Wairarapa this weekend, with overall victory in the series on the line. This Sunday’s final race held on the outskirts of Masterton will decide the overall 2019 Trust House winner in all individual and teams grades.  

In masters one grade only two points separate current leader Gavin McCarthy from Wheelworks and Brent Backhouse riding for Meo GP with Steve Bale a further four points behind.  In the team’s competition Wheelworks has almost secured their 2019 teams title courtesy of very consistent performances throughout the series, always placing riders in top places and securing points for the title, but they need to place their first three riders in the first five places to be certain of the title.

The final outcome in Masters two grade is also interesting.  Last year’s winner Matthew Stevens from BDO is now only seven points behind leader Huib Buyck from Fitlab with Robert Kilvington from Capital Cycles – Best Build only seven points behind.  It’s anyone’s race on Sunday but current leader Buyck has been racing very consistently for all four races and all he needs to do is to finish in the top three places to secure the title.  

Capital Cycles – Best Build leads the master’s two team’s competition by six points from WCNI.

In Masters three it has been all about the strong performances at every race from the Optimal Performance team, they have won all four races so far and with one race to go they have three riders in the first three places in the classification, the only question is who from this team will win the series. 

The 2017 and 2018 team winners, Optimal Performance have also secured the 2019 title in the teams competition with all riders in the team delivering fantastic performances at each race, always placing riders at the top of the leaderboards to secure team points.

Race Director Jorge Sandoval says this weekend will be a very challenging race in what has been described as a flat circuit after a very hilly first four races.  Riders will race from Henley Lake in Masterton to Alfredton and return via Whangaehu Valley Road. 

“The cards are on all riders in each team to be aggressive and ride as a team to ensure they secure enough points,” Jorge Sandoval said.  

Sandoval is looking forward to the outcome of the final race and is already planning next year’s series.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have taken part in the Trust House series, we have riders practically from all over the lower North Island coming to the races.  The 2019 series have been run for the second time as races for masters riders only and we have over 200 riders [who] have entered the races.  Changing the format and presenting new race routes has proven successful with most riders endorsing all circuits, I will work hard to encourage more riders to come to Wairarapa and take part in the series in 2020,” Sandoval said.

Photo: Di Chesmar

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