Christchurch cycling coach Paul Odlin leads the elite’s men’s category of the Calder Stewart Series and takes that lead to the Kiwi Style Bike Tours Timaru Classic, after also winning the second round. Racing as an individual for the Tineli Invitational Team Odlin says he is looking forward to racing for the first time on the challenging course in Timaru and is “keen to enjoy racing hard.”
Odlin has Under 23 series leader Jake Marryatt (BlackMax Performance) breathing down his neck, only one point behind while two previous men’s elite series winners, Mike Greer Homes team mates Sam Horgan and Tim Rush are within striking distance of the elite men’s series lead.
Odlin has dominated the Small Business Accounting King of the Mountain climbing competition in the series’ first two rounds to take a significant lead in that jersey’s competition.
The series lead could change in the Under 19 classification, with Hamish Keast (Transport Engineering Velo South) poised to retake the lead off Corbin Strong (Joyride Cycle Surgery) who is not starting on Saturday.
Racing in the three age group categories in the master’s field has been very competitive, with Yancy Arrington (Champion System), Dave Rowlands (Christchurch Mitsubishi) and Chris Latta (Champion System) all wearing the leader’s jersey for the 35 to 44, 45 to 49 and over 50 classifications heading into Saturday’s racing that sees the masters and women tackle 109 kilomtres.
Riding in the master’s series for the first time after performing well in the elite racing in previous years, Southlander Luke McPherson was an impressive overall winner in Dunedin, out sprinting Arrington to win the overall masters race to edge closer to Arrington in the overall standings.
Glen Rewi (Christchurch Mitsubishi) was third in Dunedin to add to his lead in the Small Business Accounting KOM Points Classification while his team mate Rowlands will once again be amongst the favourites for overall line honours.
Double winter and summer Olympian in the 1990s, Nelson’s Chris Nicholson (Freshchoice Richmond Pomeroys) who is only two points behind Latta in the over 50’s classification is another who could feature along with recent Tour of New Zealand North Island individual winner, Matt Talbot (Team Thule Cycling), Brendan McGrath (Christchurch Mitsubishi), Brent Allnut (Placemakers), Warrick Spence (Freshchoice Richmond Pomeroys), Scott McDonnell (Champion System Blue) and Mike White (Placemakers).
This course is made up of two laps of a circuit from Pleasant Point and includes a short extra opening lap for the elite race that sees that event cover 148 kilometres. The course is relatively flat for the first 15 kilometres until the race turns right onto Cleland Road which leads into a two kilometre climb that could provide the platform for the early race break away in the racing across the various events. The route also features the one kilometre Gays Pass Climb that kicks up to thirteen percent. At 17 kilometres from the finish on the last lap it could be a launch pad for a brave solo move so stay tuned!