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The Sizzler Sizzled!

posted Jun 27, 2010, 2:06 AM by Manawatu MTBClub   [ updated Jun 27, 2010, 3:16 AM ]
Despite the rain and wet track the first Crankit Cycles Santoft Sizzler was a resounding success with 57 Teams and 124 competitors slugging it out around the 6.5km course.  The Santoft micro-climate helped to shelter us from the worst of the wet weather and the track, while slippery held together and produced some great racing.
The tough guys and gals who rode solo for 5 hours have my admiration.  Thomas Lindrup lead the men, ending up a lap clear of Euan Gilmour, with Blair Francis close behind on the same lap. In fact, places 2-5 were all on the same lap in a very close fought class. Solo women was more clear cut with Charlotte Ireland one lap clear of Jude Young, with a gutsy effort from Siobhan MacDonald for third.
The 2 person classes were the most popular with 18 men's teams.  Ben Somerton and Paul Deuritz pounded out 13 laps to win the class followed by father and son team Jim and Daniel Terpstra on lap down and then the cyclocross and 29er duo of Shane Wetzel and Ken Feist.  The Sizzling Sisters, Tanya and Keryn Knight had the women's class to themselves.  The Mixed Doubles showcased the class of Nic Leary and Cabin Leishman, riding smoothly to a two lap buffer over Rob Duff and Rebecca Selkirk, who had a track position just two places ahead of Emma Bermingham and Mike Kelly - close!
The Agweld crew were a lap clear with 10 laps from the Newbury Knights Elite in the 3 person teams.  Janine Maxey's scary pink tights caused a few sunglasses to come out, but helped the Sizzle Sisters to third in class.
Matt Waghorn set the early pace with laps in the 18 min bracket and rode 7 of the 12 laps that the Waghorn men .. and Dad accumulated to win the four person teams class from On your Right  also on 12 laps.  Team Carnage avoided taking themselves out to hold on to third.
Thanks to Crankit Cycles, Ground Effect and The Rat Hole for sponsoring the spot prizes, Steve Canham and St Johns for First Aid, Tresta and Linda for lap scoring and timing and all those who volunteered as marshalls and helpers on the day and in the track preparation leading up to the event.
Results on-line