Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


McCauley back on elite cycling start line for Benchmark Race

McCauley back on elite cycling start line for Benchmark Race

14 August 2014

Former National Champion Gordon McCauley is on the start line of his first elite race since breaking his leg in February, riding in Saturday’s fourth round of the Benchmark Homes Elite Cycling Series near Ashburton.

The 42 year old Auckland based rider broke his right leg and smashed his left kneecap after hitting a fence during a race, by far the worst injuries he had ever suffered in a 27-year race career. Eligible to race in the master’s grade, McCauley is riding for the Benchmark Homes team in the elite men’s grade, saying he is focused on building up to ride a record-equalling twenty second Tour of Southland in November.

“I’m so far ahead of where I was told I’d be,” he said. “I’m stoked to be proving the early predictions wrong and I’m really looking forward to testing myself on Saturday to see where I’m at. I certainly don’t plan on being pack fill; I’m coming to race and it’s going to be the same in Southland.”

McCauley will have a young Benchmark Homes team to race with, including Ben Johnstone, Daniel Neumann and Jake Marryatt and the experienced Brad Tuhi and Ben Robertson.

Brad Evans from Team Calder Stewart is racing overseas so won’t be able to defend his elite men’s lead with sixth placed Dan Barry (Tasman Wheelers) the highest place elite rider on the start line, leaving the field quite open.

Ian Smallman (Team Thule Racing) will be keen to build on his lead over Scott Wilder (Dad’s Army) in the masters 35-44 grade while his Thule teammate Blair Stuthridge is locked in the lead in the masters 45-49 classification with Dunedin’s Paul Gough (Cycle World) with Warmup Cycling’s Lee Johnstone only a handful of points behind.

Thule complete their domination of the masters racing with Jorg Engelbrecht leading the over 50 masters men while Elyse Fraser (Benchmark Homes) has a commanding lead in the women’s competition but will face resistance from Nelson’s Karen Fulton (Tasman Wheelers), Georgia Catterick from Dunedin (Cycle World Fairweathers), Invercargill based Renee Wootton and Christchurch rider Maddi Campbell (H&J's Outdoor World Avanti+) and potentially her own team mates Sharlotte Lucas and Haley Mercer.

The flat course should provide some fast racing as riders across the three competitions get rid of any winter cobwebs. Coastal or Nor west winds could play a role in splitting the fields up and the circuit is well sealed but some of the roads are quite narrow and a number of turns are tight.

The elite men’s field of 63 will complete five laps of the 26 kilometre circuit for 133 kilometres of racing while the 85 riders in the master’s men field and the 29 women will do four laps covering 107 kilometres.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

Theatre: The F Word: Sex Without The 'ism'

Sex without the 'ism' Okay, so the sexes are equal in the eyes of the law. What the F happens now? More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news