Lucy McDonald’s, front, win over all the females was the biggest surprise of the day, beating the likes of Dani Adendorff, Adrianna Skurosz and Tarina Moorfield. CISNOC/22101730
Masters cyclists dominated the field at the Cook Islands Games cycling time trial race and Cycling Federation national championships on the weekend.
Event manager Kevin Henderson said, apart from the
results displaying potential of junior riders, masters competitors showed how
dominant they were on Saturday.
“Some entering under the opens and the others in their
categories, the top three in the masters men’s category, were only eight
seconds apart, and it could easily have been a different result.
“A masters woman beating all the open women as well,
you have to give it your all during the race because any hesitation throughout
could be the difference of one or more seconds as you can see by the results.”
Lucy McDonald’s win over all the females was the
biggest surprise of the day, beating the likes of Dani Adendorff, Adrianna
Skurosz and Tarina Moorfield, Henderson said.
Unfortunately, Alyce Edwards succumbed to an illness
the day before and was gutted to be unable to compete in what she has been so
dominant in over the past few years.
Likewise, Darius Allsworth succumbed to a health
problem after an extraordinary two weeks of competing, and was unable to
compete in the U18 category.
Henderson described the event as a simple race of “the
fastest cyclists wins in their category”.
That included open men and women, masters men and
women, and under 18 male and female.
Each individual starts 30 seconds apart, and must not
draft behind another competitor or vehicle.
Only at the end is the winner known, by deducting
their start time from their finishing time - the fastest time wins.
Henderson said, with the games finished, the season is
“We might do some fun events during November or get
back to all the jobs that were put aside during the last month.
“Everyone is a volunteer, with an event like this it’s
basically only two organisers, three to five marshals (10 to 12 would be nice)
and two time keepers.
“Defining the race is the easy part; preparing what
needs to be done is the challenging part.
“Will traffic and spectators be a problem; where are
the danger zones; how do we mark the course, what are the marshal’s
responsibilities, how shall the time keeping and recording be done.
“For this event and even the mountain bike race,
getting marshals is the biggest challenge, but they turn up or get absconded on
the day, which makes it stressful as you are trying your best to keep everyone
as safe as possible and it is constantly going through your mind up to the last
“You know how many you would like, but invariably you
get by with half the numbers and a lot of prayers for their safety.”
Henderson thanked all those who had helped over the past week; public; volunteers; marshals; landowners; growers; CISNOC and sponsors.
U18 male Edmund Postrzygacz 14:57.92, U18 female Maya
Postrzygacz 13:37.69, Masters male Kevin Henderson 36:00.84, Masters female and
national champion Lucy McDonald 34:32.59, Open male and national champion
Roland Neururer 32:02.92, Open female Dani Adendorff 34:59.34