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Thursday 21 September 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Cycling, Sports
Moorfield and Neururer competed in the 30-kilometre
time trial and the 100km road race hosted by the Tahiti Cycling Federation.
The cycle course for both races was predominantly
along the coastal road, heading out of Papeete.
The course terrain was variable, including steep
hills, narrow roads and uneven ground, while rain and wet conditions made it
difficult to navigate.
Competitors also included cyclists from Samoa, Tahiti,
Guam, Fiji and New Caledonia.
The 30km time trial started from the city of Arue involving
an “out and back” course.
Every rider was given a position to start with
one-minute intervals between riders.
Neururer was chosen to start in first position and Moorfield
While they both had a very strong start, both Cook
Islands riders were eventually passed by upcoming riders.
Neururer finished seventh in a time of 44.08 minutes and
Moorfield a close eighth in 45.07 minutes.
The 100km road race with 25 riders, started from Arue
Again, weather conditions were unpredictable with rain
showers and a mild wind forecast.
The beginning of the race was super-fast and again,
the Tahitians dominated the start with an early group forming the first peloton.
Moorfield and Neururer struggled to stick with the leading
pack, however, they formed a second peloton of approximately eight riders, who
stuck together for most of the race.
Heavy rain pushed the cyclists to dig deep and work
together to keep the momentum of the group.
It was clear from the turn-around that the first cycling
group had approximately 20 minutes of time ahead of the second group.
With 5km to go, the last hurdle was a steep hill
incline spread over approximately 1km.
The Cook Islands pair gave it everything, grinding up
the hill, and splitting from the group of eight.
Heading towards the finish line, the riders were
hitting speeds of over 60km per hour.
Neururer and Moorfield finished together with a time
of 2 hours 52 minutes in ninth and tenth places, respectively.
They would like to thank the Cook Island Cycling Federation
and Cycling New Zealand for the opportunity to participate in the second
Oceania Cycling Federation Pacific Cup.
The next Pacific Cup will be held in Samoa in 2025.