There was plenty of drama when 40 riders presented themselves to the starter on Tuesday evening for the Masterton Athletics and Cycling Club's road racing cycling championship.
Raced over two laps of the Millars Rd circuit, the 60km race provided a plethora of winners for the many age-group categories. Club prize-giving will be a busy affair as a parade of riders step forward to receive their cups.
While the mass start was delayed when Earle Whitcombe was late arriving and putting out the road signs, the biggest drama was a 4WD crashing off the highway near Kokotau Bridge, finishing up on its side some distance into the adjacent paddock. By the second lap, the road was awash with police and ambulance staff with the Wellington rescue helicopter setting down in the paddock.
One lap: Thomas McCallum 1.02.05.
Two-lap men: Matthew Webb-Smith 1.29.56, Jack Sowry 1.29.56, Mark Langlands 1.31.46, Hamish Hammond 1.31.47, Eddy Kuipers 1.32.11, Phil Sutherland 1.33.19, Devan Simmonds 1.33.20, Craig Mangin 1.33.27, Ben Knight 1.33.l42, Pete James 1.33.43. Mike Wilkinson 1.33.44, Dave Drummond 1.33.48, Ian Fraser 1.38.06, Lawrence Field 1.38.07, Earle Whitcombe 1.38.08, John Chesmar 1.43.12, Simon Butler 1.45.07, Terry Blackburn 1.47.17, Darren Southon 1.47.17, Mike Clinton-Baker 1.48.59, Andrew Curtis-Cody 1.49.00, Mike Parker 1.50.52, Lloyd Millar 1.52.19, Grant Burkhart 1.56.03, Douglas Maclachlan 1.56.03, Dave Howden 1.56.36, Chris Bunny 1.56.36, Stan Braaksma 2.08.52, Dave McKinlay 2.08.53.
Two-lap women: Lesley Mouat 1.48.26, Julie Millar 1.40.47, Kirsten Goodin 1.54.54.
Next Tuesday is a graded road race over 55km of the Whangaehu circuit crossing Dreyer's Rock Rd, commencing at Henley Lake and finishing at Hansells. Meet at the start line for a 6pm start.