Older experienced heads led the way at the weekend’s double header rounds of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Hokitika.
Tour de France winner lines up
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.
Pro cyclist Kate McIIroy continued her run of success in Dunedin making it three winning years in a row as the Calder Stewart Cycling Series kicked off in today.Young Nelson rider Ethan Batt won the elite men’s 134 kilometre race while Timaru cyclist Andy Hilton had the biggest win of his short masters racing career, dedicating his win to his late partner Fiona who passed away in June last year.
The new format for the SBA most combative jersey will add a new element of tactics for teams to consider as this year’s Calder Stewart Cycling Series kicks off in Dunedin with the Midway Motors Dunedin Classic.
Vink and McCallum win Calder Stewart Cycling Series – Karton does double header – Lucas wins
The decision to fly in from Australia to watch his partner Kirsty McCallum try to win her first Calder Stewart women’s series title and to have a hit out before the SBS Tour of Southland proved a winning one as William Green upstaged all the pre-race favourites and predictions to win the series finale today the Cycle Surgery Hell of the South.
Features first elite cycle race round the Banks Peninsula Bays since the regions earthquakes.
The elite men’s race is shaping up as a showdown between New Zealand’s best domestic based riders and a number of professionals returning from long overseas seasons as the Calder Stewart Cycling series hits Canterbury for its final double header weekend of racing.
The favourites all stepped up with Sharlotte Lucas, Paul Odlin and David Rowlands all winning in the fifth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Nelson today.
Current Oceania women’s road race champion Sharlotte Lucas who was fourth at this year’s Commonwealth Games and second in the Tour of America’s Dairyland in the United States is very clear where she rather be at the moment – in Europe preparing for the World Champs road race, but is instead lining up here in NZ in the fifth round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Nelson sitting up an exciting battle with some of NZ’s leading young track stars who have recently returned from a successful Junior World track champs campaign.
The Men’s racing also sees New Zealand's recently crowned junior track cycling world champions and medallists going head to head with some of the country’s leading domestic based professionals and experienced elite cyclists
Leaders jerseys change hands for winter
After only a month back on the bike after fracturing his back in a collision with a car in late January Southlander Corbin Strong won today’s elite men’s 139 kilometre race in round four of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru.
It’s shaping up well – new course, tight points stables and the key elements:
· Pro cyclist Southlander Matt Zenovich is keen on the same result as last year
· Team Skoda Fruzio’s young guns Finn-Fisher Black, Corbin Strong, Kiaan Watts and round two winner Bailey O’Donnell are all flying as they are all preparing to head to the Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Switzerland in August.
· Women’s professionals Kate McIIroy and Sharlotte Lucas return to the series after missing the previous two rounds due to Commonwealth Games commitments, and
· Leading Kiwi triathlete Andrea Hewitt is racing
Southlander Matt Zenovich lost and then regained the leader’s jersey for the elite men and Ella Harris grabbed the women’s leaders’ jersey off the absent Kate McIlroy who was racing in the Commonwealth Games after an exciting double header weekend of racing in the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Hokitika.
Matt Zenovich has a chance to consolidate his lead while Ella Harris has the opportunity to take the women’s leader’s jersey as the second round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series that features a double header weekend of racing for the first time, hits Hokitika.