The Trust House North Island cycling series is set for a thrilling finale this weekend, with overall victory in the Series on the line.
With just three points separating series leader Sam Horgan (Bike Manawatu) and Dan Waluszewski (Rivet Racing Team), in the men’s elite, a postrace tie-breaker may be required to determine the overall series winner.
A top two finish for Horgan will clinch the series title, however if Waluszewski takes the win, he will need Horgan to finish no higher than third to steal the crown.
If the pair finishes on equal points, the Series will be awarded to the rider who secured more overall podium places throughout the Series, which would be Horgan.
Either way, they must ensure to finish the race, if not, New Zealand multi champion Gordon McCauley currently in third place could be the 2015 Series champion, he is currently in third position.
Spicing up the race is the L&M Group RICOH New Zealand team riding the series only for the second time. The team is made up of some of the best New Zealand riders and this weekend will include 2012 New Zealand National Champion James Williamson, Nick Logreve and Antony Chapman.
A late entry of top New Zealand professional rider Michael Torckler, winner of the 2010 New Zealand Cycle Classic will also add to the outcome of the race.
“Having the L&M boys in the race may change race tactics, any of their riders are capable of winning the race. This will suit Horgan who can let other riders go up the road while he concentrates in marking Waluszewski. The cards are on Waluszewski team to be aggressive and attack Horgan, this is the beauty of team’s racing.” says race director Jorge Sandoval.
The action in the 34-44 masters grade is also close.
There are five riders from five different teams with just 11 points separating them.
Stephen Sheldrake (Team East Coast Velo) and Mark Donald (Capital Cycles) have both won two races each while Stewart Holder (Signature Homes) John Randall (Rivet Racing) and Hannes Venter (Total Home Theatre) are ready to step up and go for the overall win.
In the Masters 45-49 and 50 plus, two riders have proven to be the strongest from race one, Craig Hosking in the 45-49 and Wellington David Meo in the 50 plus grade, both of them only need to finish to win their age groups competition.
Wairarapa Brett Tulloch (Tararua Builders racing) could jump into third place in the overall list if he has a good race and manages to beat Robin Kilvington (Capital Cycles).
In the women’s race, there has been only one leader since race one, Kerry Anne-Page (RamblersCC) she is set to win her first title in the series.
Race organiser Jorge Sandoval is already looking forward to the 2015 series.
“I ‘been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have taken part in the first Trust House series. Over 245 riders have entered the races - a good problem to have- but with riders of so many different abilities, especially in the master’s grades, we must ensure that something is done next year to reduce fields in each master’s grade to encourage them to race harder and safely.”
This weekend race will start and finish from Matahiwi Estate; riders will ride towards Eketahuna via Whangaehu Valley Rd and Route 52 before returning to the finish via Dreyers Rock Rd, Maureceville, Kopuaranga.
Members of the public are invited to come and watch the finish outside Matahiwi Estate around 1.00pm