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Cycle for Life 2013 good day out!

May 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

An elite field of 25 were followed two minutes later by the main bunch of 360, setting off at a cracker pace with the rain threatening.

The shorter distances got away on time, 10.45 for the 45km field of just on 100 riders and 11.30 for the 36 25km riders.  The rain that had been threatening all day eventually came down and for a while was torrential, making for some slippery roads and adding a bit of an extra element for riders to cope with. 

The elite riders set a blistering pace heading south flanked by the ranges then around into the Firth of Thames heading north up the coastal road.  Working together the elite men slowly dropped off the lead peloton until just a handful of riders were left as the attacks came.   At Snake Hill a break was made by a small bunch, who stayed together for a short while until multiple national champ Gordon McCauley and young star Sam Lindsay made a break. 

McCauley & Lindsay attacked at different times over the balance of the race, but neither could get clear and by the finish they were separated by less than 30 seconds, with McCauley crossing the line in time of 2:50:39, a blistering time for the conditions.

Over the next 2 ½ hours the rest of the field came in to the cheers of a great group of supporters who braved the conditions to stay and great the finishers.

Just before the 3pm prize giving we were hit with a torrential downpour, but still a good crowd stayed for it to see who got the major spot draw of Tickets to Tahiti, courtesy of Air Tahiti Nui.

While the rain and wet roads made for some challenging conditions, there were a couple of spills and a couple of riders were treated by the St John’s medical people, everyone got home safely.

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