Joe Chapman, the Tour of Southland's King of the Mountain,
showed he had other skills on Saturday.
Chapman won the 67km James Faulding Memorial Race on the
Taieri Plain in 1hr 37min 8sec.
The race started in rain but this eventually cleared to
provide perfect, warm conditions.
The scratch bunch, with a handicap of 32min over limit,
worked well together and caught the middle markers at 30km
and then the front markers at the 40km mark.
The pace went on in the last 5km, with only Mark Spessot,
Andy Connelly, Brendon Hastie and Jacob Grieve able to hold
on to Chapman.
With the finish line in sight, Chapman accelerated away from
the bunch. Spessot finished 5sec behind, followed by
Connelly, Hastie and Grieve.
Chapman (31), a valuer and father of two, clocked up 12-15
hours' training a week in preparation for the Tour of
Southland last month.
Since his successful defence of the King of the Mountain
title, training has reduced to four hours a week.
Chapman's next outing is next weekend at the New South Wales
Grand Prix criterium series in Wollongong and Cronulla, an
Record fields have been announced and there is no shortage of
quality, with three World Tour teams, a handful of
continental teams, and Australia's best domestic cyclists all
lining up. Chapman's team, L&M Group, challenges Team
Sky, which has won the event for the past two years.
Chapman also recorded fastest time at the Faulding Memorial
in 2006 and revealed that it was personally satisfying to win
the race and record fastest time this year in honour of his
friend, Faulding, a promising cyclist whose goal had been to
Fastest woman was newcomer Ali Davies, who rode consistently
to cross the line in 11th place, in a time of 2hr 14min.
Racing next week is the Cooksley Memorial sealed handicap
race from Brighton to Taieri Mouth and return.
By Jan Brosnahan.