Winter Fun Ride Series: Sobanja and Dobbs win in Matamata

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August 13th, ’14.  Round one of the Winter Fun Ride Series got under way in Matamata on Sunday and saw Dreydon Sobanja win the 50km race in a two-up sprint ahead of Ryan Young.  In the 80km event Sam Dobbs won in a much closer finish as he was part of a breakaway that just managed to hold off the peloton.


August 13th, ’14.  Round one of the Winter Fun Ride Series got under way in Matamata on Sunday and saw Dreydon Sobanja win the 50km race in a two-up sprint ahead of Ryan Young.  In the 80km event Sam Dobbs won in a much closer finish as he was part of a breakaway that just managed to hold off the peloton.

270 riders turned up in Matamata on a cold winter morning with elite riders including Daniel Molyneux and Karl Murray of Exceed Coaching, Sam Lindsay of Nature Valley Cycling Team and Logan Griffin of CYCO who all featured in the longer 80km race.  The course was not a difficult one in terms of gradient, and a breakaway struggled to establish itself.  With 20km to go though a group of 12 managed to break clear and surge away to the finish; although it was a very close run thing with the peloton coming within a handful of seconds at the finish.

In the move was Masi Bikes’ Sam Dobbs who would eventually take the win ahead of Nature Valley Cycling Team’s Brad Tilby and Hamilton’s Ryan Christensen.  In the bunch sprint Racquel Sheath was the first woman to cross the line, 2 seconds ahead of Ruby Livingstone.

After the race Dobbs spoke to the crew from Dynamo Events and said, “This was a bit like schools racing with breaks going and getting pulled back, I was lucky enough to get in the break with 20km to go and was stoked to come away with the win.”

We caught up with Exceed Coaching’s Karl Murray after the race, who explained the progression of the race, “[The] flattish rolling course meant the bunch didn’t split into smaller groups fast enough, so there was plenty of people willing to bring breaks back,” he said.  “I ended up in most of them but they didn’t stick to my surprise so I thought it would be a bunch kick until a few 2’s and 3’s rolled off the front and nobody seemed keen to chase until it was too late. The Nature Valley Cycling Team had a good go but the gap was too big for them.”

Murray also praised the organisation of the race.  “It’s a good fun event for all types of riders and a chance for people to mix it with some of the elite level cyclists so a well run event by [Nathan] Cox’s crew; makes for an enjoyable ride.”

Results (more results):

Pos. Rider Gender Division Time
1 Sam Dobbs Male U19 2.01.11
2 Brad Tilby Male 19-34 st
3 Ryan Christensen Male U19 +0.01
4 Peter Murphy Male 40-44 st
5 Toby Atkins Male 19-34 +0.02
6 Jim McMurray Male 50-54 st
7 Matt Douglas Male 40-44 st
8 Mel Titter Male 35-39 st
9 Keivan Memarzadeh Male 19-34 +0.03
10 Jarod Walsh Male 35-39 +0.05

 

In the 50km race a breakaway did manage to succeed, with the race being far more broken up.  Dreydon Sobanja and Ryan Young escaped, gaining nearly 5 minutes over their closest rivals by the time the race reached the finish.  In the sprint it was Sobanja who managed to outsprint his young breakaway companion and come away with the win.  Graham Hoffmann completed the podium, leading a small chase group home.  Behind them Judith Quax won the women’s race in a very close finish, out sprinting Lindz Haggart and Milne McKenzie.

Results (more results):

Pos. Rider Gender Division Time
1 Dreydon Sobanja Male 40-44 1.28.53
2 Ryan Young Male U17 +0.01
3 Graham Hoffman Male 60-64 +4.32
4 Callum Aubrey Male U17 +4.34
5 Drew Christensen Male U15 +4.35
6 Matthew Davies Male 19-34 +10.00
7 Bevan Davies Male 45-49 +st
8 Bruce Carswell Male 50-54 +10.49
9 Judith Quax Female 50-54 +10.50
10 Lindz Haggart Female U15 +10.51
= McKenzie Milne Female U15

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Round 2 of the Dynamo Events Winter Fun Rides will be held on the 17th August.  For more information click here or visit the event website.

By:  Ed Wright

 

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