Great conditions for racing welcomed all riders during race two of the Trust House North Island Team Series held in South Wairarapa on Sunday.
The race was held on the same circuit as last year, the race starting in the wine village of Martinborough and head south along the dramatic Cape Palliser coastline with all riders covering a distance of 82km of racing.
First one to start was the Masters One. The pace was set right from the start but at 26km a group of 8 riders made a break that was set to continue for the whole distance. They worked well together to make sure that the gap between them and the chasing peloton was extended. After the turn on the way up the first climb around the 45 km mark Kate McIlroy, who was in the lead group, a New Zealand Commonwealth and Olympic representative across athletics, triathlon and cycling and the only woman in the field – riding for Wheelworks – made a gutsy move and pulled away from the bunch taking with her Hayden Lawrence but he wasn’t able to stick with her for long.
Kate stayed out the front by herself extending her lead but always within sight of the chasing bunch. Finally around the 52km mark she was absorbed back in to the bunch. She had made a statement as a rider to watch at the finish line. The group continued to ride well together and even at the 1km to go mark there were no signs of who really wanted the 1st place. It wasn’t until they had turned the corner that the sprint occurred resulting with Brent Backhouse from Meo GP taking line honours from Chris Sutherland team Fitlab with Backhouse teammate Hayden Lawrence in third place. Current grade leader Gavin McCarthy from Wheelworks is still the leader after race two.
In the masters two grade it was a totally different story, with two riders, Brent Bismark from WCNI and Shane Pointon from Velo Ronny’s breaking away after 12 kilometres of racing. They worked well together and at one stage managed to have a lead of over a minute from the main bunch. Local Masterton riders from Tararua Builders worked hard to close the gap and with 18 km to go the leaders where back to the bunch.
In the mad sprint to the finish 41 riders turned left toward the finish line with 200 meters to go and victory to contend for, and it was last year’s Masters two overall winner Matthew Stevens from Wellington riding for BDO who took first place with Robert Kilvington from Capital Cycle in second and Jamie Hodgkinson from Total Home Theatre coming in third. Current leader Huib Buick from Fitlab team finished fifth to keep his lead with three races to go.
The Masters Three grade went to the midway turn in a big bunch but things heated up on the way home with a strong group of 23 riders managing to break away with 22 km to go. A crash in the last three kilometres put an end to the ambitions of Peter James and Paul Wallace from Tararua Builders as well as Rob Paulin from Kiwivelo. In the end it was all about the Optimal Performance team with their riders taking the first four places in the sprint. The race was won by Thomas Boeschenstein, Richard Sutton in second place and Oliver Ferry coming in for third place and maintaining his lead of the grade.
Race Three of the Trust House Team Series will be held in two weeks’ time on Sunday 20th October with riders racing on familiar territory again from Martinborough to Tora and back. This race will include a section of gravel road in the final circuit near the town center of Martinborough.
Trust House Masters One
1st. Brent Backhouse – MeoGP
2nd. Chris Sutherland – Fitlab
3rd. Hayden Lawrence – MeoGP
Leader – Gavin McCarthy from Wheelworks Team
Trust House Masters Two
1st Matthew Stevens – Kiwivelo
2nd Robert Kilvington – Capital Cycles Best Build
3rd Jamie Hodgkinson – Total Home Theatre
Leader – Huib Buick from Fitlab
Trust House Masters Three
1st Thomas Boeschenstein – Optimal Performance
2nd Richard Sutton – Optimal Performance
3rd Oliver Ferry – Optimal Performance
Leader – Oliver Ferry – Optimal Performance