CyclingNZ Home
Horgan & SUBWAY Dominate Benchmark Opener
14 Aug, 2011

Sam Horgan had his biggest win racing for the SUBWAY® Pro Cycling team as the team dominated the opening round of the Benchmark Homes Tour near Nelson on Saturday. 


Horgan won the 130 kilometre race in three hours, twelve minutes and sixteen seconds, 14 seconds ahead of team mate Ian Smallman. SUBWAY® Pro Cycling team riders also filled fifth, sixth and seventh positions resulting in the team comfortably winning the teams classification. 


“The win means a lot to me as it’s my fifth year doing the (Benchmark) series after starting out as a real novice rider,” Horgan said.


“It’s great to finally pay back the faith my sponsors have in me. It’s my biggest win with SUBWAY® Pro Cycling. Ian took second but deserved the win just as much as I did; he was just so strong.” 


Seventy two riders from 12 teams started the day on two laps of a tough hilly Upper Moutere course. The field threatened to split several times on the first lap until Horgan and Smallman counter attacked after a strong break by SUBWAY® Pro Cycling’s Jason Allen was caught.


Horgan and Smallman quickly established what was to be the winning move with Hamish Schreurs from the Benchmark Homes team. The three riders were joined by Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Team Cycleworkz) and Tom Francis (L & M Group Racing) and continued to build a lead over the chasing peloton that had split into several groups. 


As the leaders hit the race’s major climb up Neudrof Saddle for the second time the gap was three minutes. Approaching the final 10 kilometres Smallman hit the leaders with a strong surge on the final climb of the day which allowed Horgan to attack off the front and use his time trialling skills to solo to the win over the last five kilometres.  

 Photo credit: David Letsche –

·         Results;

·         Horgan 3:12:16, 1; Smallman 3:12:30, 2; Schreurs 3:12:57, 3; Thomas Nicholson (Tasman Wheelers) 3:13:00; 4, Tom Hubbard 3:13:24, 5; Nick Lovegrove 3:13:24, 6; Paul Odlin 3:13:43, 7; Tayla Harrison (Benchmark Homes) 3:14:06, 8.

Click to enlarge...

Latest News
Last month’s ferocious weather that wreaked havoc on the West Coast has seen many hours of effort to ensure this weekend’s double header rounds of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Hokitika can go ahead. “The weather gods poured more bad news on the proposed round three course in >>
As the season fast approaches, take a minute to learn about which world class athletes will be using Crankbrothers products in 2019 and beyond! New for this season, we are excited to welcome the Trek cross country superstar duo of Emily Batty and Yolanda Neff along with the rest of the Trek >>
Team Jumbo â€" Visma’s Primoz Roglic has won the 54th edition of Tirreno-Adriatico in style, with a final stage Individual Time Trial performance to remember. His near-perfect technique on the San Benedetto del Tronto 10km out-and-back course saw him overturn a 25-second deficit to his closest >>
Latest Articles
What is the first e-road by LOOK? This is a bike that is the result of our mastery of carbon, which allows us to offer a frame that is both lightweight and durable, manufactured in our own production facilities. This is also a bike that has just continued a story that has been written at the >>
French rider Alexis Vuillermox of AG2R claimed the first team victory of the season in Livron-sur-Drôme riding 2INpower Road and ROTOR chainrings. At the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, MTB rider Yana Belomoina of CST Sannd American Eagle was 1st place riding KAPIC while Githa Michiels of >>
The 2018 Downhill and Cross Country World Cups came to a climax this weekend with the final round of racing in France. We saw great season-ending placings for Fizik saddle riders: Loris Vergier took 4th and Luca Shaw 8th in the Downhill, while Lars Forster 4th, Stephane Tempier 6th and Titouan >>
LOOK 2018
ISM Saddles
Morgan Blue Cleaning
 Photo Gallery
Tour de Femme Waterfront Auckland TT 2-10-10
Tour de Femme Tour de Femme
Home Kiwi Riders Sports Science Beginners Articles Riders Reports Tech Corner Contact
© 2019 | Login | Design by OnfireDesign