March News Update

Cycling:
From a two person break, Sharlotte Lucas wins the first round of the Elite racing series with Tessa Jenkins in her first senior race coming a respectable 8th.
On the come back to racing Kyle Ralfe takes 3rd in C grade at the grueling “Main Divide” road race taking you 109km from Darfield to Arthurs pass, over porters pass.
At this year’s re-vamped “Girls on Bikes” the “women on wheels” 76km bike race, a group of six broke away from the field containing three PT Systems riders Lisa Kristiansen, Tessa Jenkins and Jess Kikstra only 6km into the race and held on the to finish. Jess won the U19 category and crossed the line in third overall with Tessa 2nd in the U19 and Lisa won the 40+ and was second across the line.  In the 46km Race Gabby Gray won the overall.

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Dean Cameron gets third at the Leeston classic with Simon Earle in fifth.
Stewart Connolly starts his year well, rolling

across the line in 4th place at the first club race of 2013 at Glentunnel.
Ben Hillery gets 3rd in A grade, at the Eyreton Graded scratch race on January 26th

Mt Biking:
Brad Hudson gets a close second at the 2013 pass to pub MTB race.
Mike Smart wins the Lee’s valley challenge MTB race with Tim Hoban taking second place. Andre Chappell wins the overall Lee’s valley short course race.
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At this year’s Kaiwara classic MTB race Sharon Prutton comes second open women in the Epic race, with Brad Hudson winning the men’s and overall. In the shorter traditional race Michelle Prutton wins the female section with Lisa Kristiansen coming second.

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Brad Hudson placed 4th at the U23 National championships held up in Rotorua. He also got 5th Elite male at the Wellington national cup round on a stinking hot and hilly course.
Andre Chappell and Tim Hoban both win their categories at the St James classic Mt Bike race.
Brad comes second in the Elite men’s Top Gun Mt Bike race held in Nelson on the weekend of January 20th. The race was held in place of the first round of the National series race one as a top level hit out race before the Nationals in mid-February.
Sharon Prutton was first over 40 year old across the line at the first round of the Australian National series held at Mt Buller in Victoria.

BMX:
Tahlia Hanson wins the south Island champs title on her home town track at Rangiora mid-January.
Track: 
The Canterbury u17 Boys Team pursuit came a nail biting 4th in their finals ride of at the Age group Track National champs.
Olivia Podmore had a outstanding national track championships winning four gold medals and one silver in the U17 girls.
Fionn Cullinane wins two elite men’s silver medals at the Canterbury track championships in the IP and points race. Tessa Jenkins wins both those races in the U19 women’s races.
The Canterbury A U19 girls team sprint team of Holly and Alice won a gold at the National Championships. Canterbury B of Tessa and Maddi took 4th.
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Triathlon / Duathlon:
Jessica Kikstra and Gabby Gray both win South Island titles at the South Island school triathlon/Duathlon champs. Jess in the U17 tri and Gabby in the U19 du.
Natasha Douglas wins the overall women’s at the Bissell Duathlon race held out at Pegasus bay on the weekend of February 23rd.
Jessica also won the Canterbury schools U16 triathlon champs raced out at Corsia Bay.
Gabby won the overall race at the women’s only duathlon race held out in Rangiora in late January.
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Coming events:

Mototapu MTB race, Wanaka March 9th
Tour of Canterbury March 9/10th
Rainbow Rage 106km MTB race, St Arnaud March 16th
Canterbury Road race champs March 16th
Geraldine bike challenge, Geraldine March 17th
Charity classic 76km road race, Cust March 17th
Le Race March 23rd
Canterbury Time Trial champs March 24rd
Tour de Lakes, Queenstown March 29th – April 1st
Hanmer 4/8hr MTB race, Hanmer April 13th
National club road championships, Queenstown April 18-21st
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