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May 2015


  • What a great Club Road Nationals PT System riders had up in Napier this year. Sharlotte won both the Elite women’s Time Trial and road race. Sharon did the same in her category. Sue won her TT and placed 2nd in the road race. Campbell Pithie got 3rd in the competitive U17 boys grade road race. Jeremy got 4th in the TT.
  • A little earlier in the month at the 2015 Canterbury Road champs many PT Systems athletes performed well. Jeremy Heathfield (3rd TT, 5th RR), Martin Smallman (1st TT, 3rd RR), Sharlotte Lucas (1st TT), Sue Lazar (2nd RR) and Sharon Prutton (1st TT, 1st RR).
  • Sharlotte wins the 2015 Le Race.
  • Ione Johnson places 4th in the firt round of the Elite series held out in Oxford.
  • Martin Ryder won the Hokitiki club champs in a convincing way, mid February.
  • We have a elite womens national sliver medalist in the house. A awesome effort by Sharlotte Lucas saw her place second in the elite womens road race in January held for the last time on the tough Christchurch circuit.
  • Jared Pidcock had a great Skins GP coming home in a respectable 4th in the final sprint.


Mountain Biking:

  • At the 125km Contact Epic down in Wanaka this year PT Systems had two riders competing with Shane Kennedy coming in 10th and Glen 12th.
  • Trent Williams had a great Tour of Wakatipu, winning his category and finishing his season on a high.
  • Mike Smart came a close second in the Kaiwara challenge, steaming home over the final kilometres at the winner but just leaving it a tad to late. Mike Chappell placed 3rd in the vet 3 catergory with Michelle Prutton winning hers and Trent Williams placing 4th in the vet 1’s.
  • Riding an Endro event for the first time Glen Currie thanks to a ourse slightly more friendly on the uphill than usual, place second overall.
  • At the annual Hammerhead MTB race held around the tracks in Hanmer springs. PT Systems had a large continuant of riders racing. Glen Currie(7th Male), Marc Prutton(8th), Shane Kennedy, Trent Williams, Brooke Hudson (2nd female) and Sharon Prutton (3rd female)


  • The NZ Tri-series Duathlon which also doubled as the New Zealand Team selection race for the worlds later this year was held out at Orana Park in Christchurch. Sam Bell and Margaret Wood winning their division’s and Andy Taylor placing 8th in his.
  • In North Canterbury the Kowai duathlon held on the last weekend of March was a good fun day out with Sam, Margaret and Dan Collis heading out for a Run and Ride. All three winning their category’s.
  • A large contingent of PT Systems athletes took on Challenge Wanaka this year with Dean Cameron finishing 3rd place in his age group in his first attempt at the full distance. In the half Carey Wood, Andy Taylor, Emily Wood, Margaret Wood and her team mate all finished well on the cracking day.






Winter wrap – September 2014

Wow if we ever thought winter was going to a quite time, we were wrong. Welcome back after a busy winters action both in New Zealand and around the world.


Joining 17 New Zealanders at the World amateur cycling championships Sharon Prutton went over a won two impressive sliver medals from the Time Trial and Road race. She was also the only NZ rider to win a medal.

mum flag

At this years two day junior Cuddon tour Marc took 5 riders from Rangi ruru girls school up for the popular event in Blenheim. Rose Marshall-Lee won three out of the four stages taking the yellow jersey away in the U17 girls. Ava Morrow placed forth in the U15 girls taking third in the final road stage. Tessa Jenkins won the sprint jersey and took second overall in the U20 girls with Brooke Hudson third. And Chloe and Millie Mannering had some solid stages and riders.

Anton Mulder, Campbell Pithie, Brooke Hudson and Rose Marshall-Lee went down to compete in the 2 day Timaru tour. Raced over 5 stages all riders performed well in their respective grades with Campbell winning stage 4 from a late stage solo effort, Brooke winning Stage 5 in a similar fashion and Rose winning the overall U17 girl grade with several wins.

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Schools racing being a winter sport is in full swing with the National schools championships fast approaching in late September. At the recent North Island champs held in Cambridge combining both road and Track events, after some time away from the bike Ione Johnson placed 3rd in the Points race.

At the South Island champs Rose Marshall-Lee won the U17 Time Trial

Ava Morrow won her Time Trial and placed second in her road race.

The Rangi Ruru girls senior team won the girls title for third consecutive year.

Round four of the six race Benchmark homes elite series was held in Ashburton and Sahrlotte Lucas racked up some more series points placing third in the elite womans race.

Adventure racing:

Glen Currie and his team NZ team adventure raced the WuLong mountain quest in China. Over the four days racing the team well cleaned up the competition winning 3 of the days racing over some tough international competitors.

glen arrowsmith

Triathlon / Duathlon:

After winning all the local events over the winter, Sam Bell went up to the New Zealand Duathalon national championships in Taupo full of good form and confidence. In some tough gusty coditions Sam took the sliver medal in the U23 mens race. Aweome effort for a guy only one year into the sport.

End of summer wrap up – May 2014

Road cycling:
Sue Lazar first M4 lady in the Canterbury Champs road race and Sharon Prutton first in the M5. Mitchell Podmore was first U23 with Fionn Cullinane in 3rd
In round two of the Elite series on the west coast, after winning the queen of the mountain points Sharlotte Lucas attacked a small breakaway group 300m out from the finish line to take the impressive win. Jeremy Heathfield came third in the 50+ race bunch sprint behind Andre Chappell and Yorg. In the elite men’s race Fionn Cullinane took the king of the mountains.

Held in Cambridge for the first time in a few years, the New Zealand club road championships were held May 1st – 4th. Sue Lazar and Sharon Prutton both won their Time trial and road races in their categories; Jeremy Healthfield finished 9th in the TT and 10th in the road race and Sharlotte Lucas 12th in the TT and 8th in the elite women’s road race.
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In the last round of the Elite series Hanmer to Kaikoura before the winter break. Sharlotte accumulated more series points placing second in the elite women’s and Jeremy did the same also second in the 50+.


Mountain biking:
At the 47km Arrowsmith MTB race Mike Smart crossed the line 3rd
place overall.
At Mt Somers
the second to last MTB race of this season’s calendar Glen Currie and Sam Bell fought out a hard earned battle to finish third and fourth respectively overall.
Mike Chappell had a great race at the Tour de Wakatipu MTB race down in Arrowtown smashing his personal best time and winning his category. 


At the 17km Arrowsmith mountain run Seonaigh Conchie ran in second vet home. And then a couple weeks later at one of New Zealand most popluar races, the Rotorua marathon run a 3.24 to take 3rd place.
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Carey Wood came home in 8th place at the National triathlon champs
held up in Auckland.
On a winning roll Sam Bell smashed the field in the
Arrowsmith duathlon.
Natasha Douglas finished 4th in the women’s Ashburton duathlon.

Jo Forbes and her team mates took third place overall in the 2014 Twalk. An event that is split in to five legs, each around 15-20 kilometres long. Each leg has around 10 – 20 controls, which will be hidden on features marked on the map and described by a cryptic clue.

Keep warm over winter and good luck to those travelling overseas to compete.


April 2104

What a massive couple months of racing action all over New Zealand! So much so, that I’m super late putting out this news update.

Miitchell Podmore came home 6
th in the first round of the Elite series held out in Oxford, claiming him 3rd
in the toughly fought U23 category going into round two at Hokitika.
At the Tour of Canterbury this year Sue Lazar had a very solid race, placing 3
on GC in the women’s grade after a tough five stages over two days. Jess kikstra came second with her mum Sara Harnett winning.
Sharlotte Lucas had a strong race in the grueling 109km Main divide road race that runs from Darfield to Arthurs Pass. She finished fastest women and 9
in the B grade men’s field. In that same B grade field Jeremy Heathfield came to the last climb with two other riders then powered home to take the win!
Another one of Christchurch’s and NZ’s toughest courses is Le Race and going in as regaining champion Sharlotte Lucas had to settle for a still impressive second behind Reta Trotman. Chris Bridges and Anne Morgans team came home third and Sharon Prutton came home 6
th female overall, to win her category.

Triathlon / Duathalon:
At School’s south Island champs Jared Pidcock won the U15 boys.
Sam Bell won the Lake canary duathalon along with the North Canterbury one on the same weekend.

In what is fairly named the longest day, Glen Currie came in an impressive 3
place in the one day coast to coast behind his brother Braden and Richard Ussher respectively.
At the Mototapu X-Terra Philippa Seldon had a great race winning her category and in the process qualifying for the world champs in Maui, Hawaii late this year.

Early March down in Invercargill the National Age group track champs were held over five days for racing. Chloe Jenkins and her Canterbury team came away from the week with a national gold medal in the U17 team pursuit.
The Canterbury U17 boys’ team sprint comprising of (Josh Scott, Matthew Trenchard and Josh Smith) took away a bronze medal.
The 2014 National track championships were the first races to be held at the new Avanti drome in Cambridge. Olivia Podmore had an amazing week taking five gold medals in U19 girls’s and Tessa Jenkins won a silver in the U19 girl’s kerin.

Mt Biking:
In the 47km summit Mototapu MTB race, Sharon Prutton won her age group and placed 5
th elite women across the line. Brooke Hudson won the U19 females section and then backed up a week later to finish 6th in the Oceania championships.

At the Mt Peel mountain bike marathon, rightly claimed to be the toughest single day course in New Zealand, covering 75km and 2340m of elevation. Glen Currie had a blinding race to take the overall win. In the slightly shorter blue mountain course Philippa Seldon came home first female.

Seonaigh Conchie and Dean Cameron competed in this year’s Kaiapoi to Rangiora 10.4km road race, with Seonaigh crossing the line 3rd woman overall.

Coming events:

Around brunner                                               April 12th
Hanmer 4/8hr MTB race                                April 12

Mt Somers MTB race                                      April 13

Rotorua marathon                                           May 3

National road cycling club champs            May 1-4

Christchurch marathon                                  June 3

February 2014

Welcome back to PT Systems for another year!

On the third weekend of January Wanaka hosted another years fantastic Ironman event. With 1600 competitors, supporters and spectators buzzing around the atmosphere was awesome.
In the half distance we had The woods girls family team of Laura, Margaret and Emily coming in sixth place out of 75 teams in the female team category.
In the mixed teams Darren, Marc Prutton and Natasha Douglas rolled in 5
place out of 116 teams.
And doing the individual half distant event of 1.9km swim / 90km Ride / 21km Run, Dean Cameron and Carey Wood both had solid races finishing in respectable times.
Seonaigh Conchie did the full hog 3.8km swim / 180km Bike / 42km Run in 11.35, winning her age group.

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September 2013

A big month for bike racers with the commencement of the new Track cycling season, the week night Time trials and short road races and beginning of the 2013-14 mountain bike season .

Fionn Cullinane wins the annual Ashburton to Christchurch classic. Two weeks after placing second in the annual Geoff Inwood cup handicap race.

fionn tt

In the fifth round of the Elite racing series in Queenstown, Continue reading