Two days into the BDO Tour of Northland and Steve Furminger is in a dominant position, having taken two wins out of two. After solo victory on day 1, Furminger mirrored his performance in stage 2 to lead the general classification by over 6 minutes.
Stage 1 of this year’s BDO Tour of Northland got underway in Whangarei, taking the field of more than 250 riders on a 104km that began going straight up for the opening few kilometres. The day saw the field break up quite radically over the course of the day with several minutes separating the groups that made up the top 50 riders. At the head of the race, however, Steve Furminger was in dominant form.
The first group of riders was comprised of Cliff Hughes, Paul Struthers, Phil Kesby, Sam Horn, Tad Mejdr, James Powers, Sam Horn and Andrew Pointon who all crossed the line within 1.30mins of each other. But it was Furminger who laid a solid foundation for overall victory as he broke clear to win solo by 5.06mins. Behind him Cliff Hughes crossed the line 2nd, with Paul Struthers third at 5.19mins.
Alicia Evans crossed the line as first woman after 2.50.17 hours; finishing 11th overall on the opening day. Evans ended the day with a 2.34min advantage over Jorja Swain with Sherie Masterton third.
Today’s stage 2 took in almost 1000m of elevation in 89.4km from Pahia to Opononi including a big climb that peaked after 35km before rapidly heading to the west coast. Not content to sit on his laurels, Furminger was at it again as he raced towards the finish at an average speed of just over 39kph.
The racing was much more compact, with a group of nine riders forming towards the head of the race. Jack McNeely, Ben Johnstone, Aaron Dunford, James Powers, Phil Kesby, Tad Mejdr, Andrew Pointon, Adam Wood and Paul Struthers formed the leading group, but Furminger again broke clear of them. This time the time gap was smaller, with Furminger crossing the line 50 seconds clear of McNeely and Johnstone, but it was enough to grow his lead overall to 6.09mins over Paul Struthers and 7.11mins over Tad Mejdr.
In the women’s race Alicia Evans again took first place, but it took a sprint finish to secure back-to-back wins ahead of Jorja Swain with Sherie Masterton taking third place.
Check out the full list of results from the BDO Tour of Northland here.