The 4th Source to Sea Buller Cycle Challenge took place in the weekend with a 325-riders selecting 30, 60, 100 or 160km options as individuals or relay teams.
BIKE FROM BERLIN 30km
The introductory event from Berlins to Westport tracks down the lower Buller Gorge. The event was won by Jacob Anderson of Nelson who rode off at the start and did a superb solo ride to take victory in 58-minutes. Next home was William Hall of Nelson 90-seconds back and Graham Renwick of Westport third. In the womenís event, the first 3-riders were all Westport women Sharon Renwick first, Janine Potts second and Nadine Lionnet third.
BIKES BUILT FOR TWO
In the Tandem category, the two-up bikes completed the 160km descent from St Arnaud to Westport. First to Westport in record time was Tristan Rawlence & Anja McDonald in 4:14:52, leading Chris Heywood & Juliet Fry who posted 4:20:34, ahead of Aaron McGowan & Trudy Jones who clocked 4:35:06.
The relay teams had to split the distance into either a 60km or 100km stage, both legs dropping 310-metres of elevation from the source of the Buller River at lake Rotoiti to the sea at Westport.
1st MIKE MURPHY, FRANK MARFELL 4:38:53
2nd DON ABBEY, GLENN IRVING 4:39:56
3rd PAUL WILLIAMS, ROB LOMAS 4:43:26
1st MAREE KNAPP, GREGG KNAPP 4:52:13
2nd MEGAN BOURKE, PHIL CAMPBELL 4:52:33
3rd BETH FREEBORN-STEPHENS, MARK STEPHENS 4:53:47
1st STEPH LEVIEN, LEAH RUSS 4:43:34
2nd RACHEL PARK-ROBORGH, JENNY GAUDION-NORRISH 5:19:15
3rd SALLY WRIGHT, TESS MAHAR 5:46:10
1st RICOH RED TEAM 11:51:54
2nd RICOH GREEN TEAM 12:08:28
3rd RICOH YELLOW TEAM 12:30:42
4th RICOH ORANGE TEAM 12:36:45
5th RICOH BLACK TEAM 13:14:34
6th HUB CYCLES 13:25:34
7th SBS BANK 13:31:14
8th TOTALSPAN RACING 13:49:26
9th BRIGHTWATER 13:58:54
10th ARMITAGE WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION
100-MILE SOURCE 2 SEA
New for 2010 was a womenís only start time, enabling the women to have their own race, as per National Championships, Olympics etc. Soon into the race a break away bunch formed that contained Linda Erasmus, Suse Growers, Sophie Hart, Nicole King, Vicki Shelling and Paula Steel. The group ride together for the first 90km and caught riders from the Mixed Bunch start then joined to make a bigger group. A small band of showers had passed through making a number of corners very slippery. One corner in particular caught a lot of riders out and when the front womenís group entered it a rider fell bringing down the entire bunch. Suse Growers was at the front at the time and missed the crash. She rode strongly to the finish to win the race with Vicki Shelling heading home chase group for second and Linda Erasmus third.
1st SUSE GROWERS 4:31:27
2nd VICKI SHELLING 4:33:20
3rd LINDA ERASMUS 4:33:20
The menís race became a battle of the teams, Tasman Glass of Nelson and Canterbury team Homestyle Magazine. Literally as soon as the lead vehicle pulled ahead to signal the start of the race, Kieran Hambrook (Tasman Glass) went on the attack. He was soon joined by Mike Anderson (Stoke Cycles) and 2-other riders who couldnít stay with the pair for long. Hambrook and Anderson went to work and built up a 2-minute lead by Murchison at the 60km mark. Back in the bunch the remaining Tasman Glass riders could rest up and take refuge knowing that their teammate was up front riding strong. At the 110km mark, through the undulations of the Buller Gorge, Anderson dropped off leaving a solo Hambrook 50km to ride to the finish line. By now Hambrook had nearly a 3-minute lead but the bunch got wind of the time gap and that spurred Team Homestyle to the front to chase down the solo breakaway rider.
With 30km to go Team Homestyle had pulled Hambrook in only to have Tasman Glass launch a counter attack. Team Tasman Glass were locked and loaded and sent Jonathan Kalma and Joel MacMillillan up the road and luckily for Homestyle Ben Longworth tagged onto the break. The 3-riders soon got a gap on the chase field and with both teams have riders in the 3-man breakaway, the main teams sat up and recovered ready for the next phase leaving any chase to individuals.
The trio worked hard to build up a lead of nearly 2-minutes within the 1km to go signs, entering the home straight with 400-metres remaining it was Longworth and Kalma who surged for the line in a long sprint. They were so close the electronic timing even took a long time to calculate who had won. Initially it placed Longworth in front but then it changed to record Kalma as victor. Upon investigation it was determined that in was in fact Longworth by 0.005 of a second.
Most combative rider of the day certainly goes to Hambrook who did hours and hours of hard riding to set his team up for a great chance of victory, and certainly did the lions share of the work to earn the team 2nd and 3rd places.
1st BEN LONGWORTH 3:54:35
2nd JONATHAN KALMA 3:54:35
3rd JOEL MACMILLAN 3:54:39 (first U18)
4th BRAD TILBY 3:56:09
5th CRAIG LOVERIDGE 3:56:09
6th DAVE BARNETT 3:56:09
7th CHRIS SHARLAND 3:56:09
8th KIERAN HAMBROOK 3:56:10
9th STEVE FLANAGAN 3:56:10
10th ROGERS STEVE 3:56:11
As well as the Female and Male main events, there was also a mixed category for those that wished to race with friends or partners of opposite gender.
Men in Mixed event
1st ANDREW WILLIAMS 4:24:00
2nd RUSSELL CRENGLE 4:34:53
3rd FRANK HOOPER 4:35:47
Women in Mixed event
1st ` CLAIRE NEYLON 4:24:00
2nd CORINA WILSON 4:36:28
3rd MONIQUE CLAUS 4:38:25
Donít get up Symon, he completed the 160km sitting laid back in a HPV recumbent.
1st Symon Holmes 5:14:08
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