In episode 2 of RoadCyclingTV we look back on the weekend of racing that sent the North Island reasonably crazy with Havelock North, Masterton and Newstead playing host to the country’s finest in the space of two days.
Luke Mudgway and Regan Gough both played starring roles on both days of racing and there was plenty more to talk about besides. This episode features feedback from Gough, double Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond and cycling commentator Del Woodford.
Saturday saw the Tour of the Bay in Havelock North take place and a duel between two riders who would dominate the weekend. Luke Mudgway and Regan Gough, teammates on the track as juniors and on the road with Avanti IsoWhey Sports, became rivals in the Hawkes Bay. The pair would eventually make up the two-man move that went all the way to the line, before Mudgway out-sprinted Gough in a very close finish that paved the way for further success for both riders.
The second round of the Trust House North Island Series was exciting and heart-warming all in one. This year the round featured a criterium for the first time and once again it was Luke Mudgway, this time racing without Regan Gough, who managed to make it two wins in two days. The heart-warming side came courtesy of Josh Page who finally, after years of trying, succeeded in winning ‘one of Jorge’s races’ as he claimed victory in the road race.
While Mudgway was busy going from Hawkes Bay to Masterton, Regan Gough got stuck in heading from Hawkes Bay to Newstead where he claimed victory in round 1 of the Dynamo Events Team Championship, the Marist Open. Gough’s win came ahead of Connor Brown and double Olympic champion Hamish Bond. While Gough won the cat 1 race, it was Gordon McCauley who took the win in the cat 2 ride ahead of fellow giants of the Kiwi cycling road Jim McMurray and Dean Peterken.