Good times roll for Wanganui cyclists

By Dan Richards

Wanganui teams took the major honours in the West Coast/North Island Centre team time-trial championships on Saturday.

Hosted at home, Wanganui Cycling Club's No1 men's and women's teams won both respective senior titles.

While numbers were down on previous years, the event still attracted 40 riders with teams from Manawatu and Stratford turning up to do battle with the Wanganui entrants.

The time trials were run on the flat course out-and-back from the start point near the Motor Boat clubrooms on Anzac Parade.

The top Wanganui team comprised Tom Francis, Bevan Cheatley, Jason Sturzaker and Adrian Petit.

The quartet clocked an impressive 52m 46s for the official 40km journey to take the title from the Manawatu team, who covered the distance in 53m 33s.

Francis, who was leaving on Monday for Belgium, where he has gained a place on a semi-professional squad, provided a lot of the horsepower with Cheatley also particularly prominent.

In third place at 53m 45s, the Stratford team were close behind Manawatu while fourth was Wanganui's No2 team of Richard Stanton, Shaun Tucker, Steve Cowan and impressive veteran Alan Luff. They also went under the hour mark, stopping the clock at 58m33s.

The strong local team comprising Victoria Cate, Laurika Hazlehurst, Cassie Cameron and Cherie Prince cleaned up the senior women's event clocking 35m 37s for the 20km trip.

Manawatu were again beaten into second place with Wanganui's No2 team of Jane, Karen Winchcombe and Julie Weir taking third.

Therefore, Wanganui also won the points trophy awarded for the club achieving the most success on the day.



WCNI Team Time Trial Centre Championships

Senior Men 40km: 1. Wanganui No.1 (Tom Francis, Bevan Cheatley, Jason Sturzaker, Adrian Petit) 52:46.52; 2. Manawatu, 53:33.99; 3. Stratford 53:45.16. Senior Women 20km: 1. Wanganui No1 (Victoria Cate, Laurika Hazlehurst, Cassie Cameron, Cherie Prince) 35:47.06; 2. Manawatu 37:25.73; 3. Wanganui No2 (Jane Winchcombe, Karen Winchcombe, Julie Weir) 43:32.04.

U17 Boys 20km: 1. Manawatu, 25:23.79.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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