Cycling: Chapman shows class to win cup

Tim Chapman showed his class on Saturday to win the Wingatui circuit category 1 race and claim the Memorial Cup.

A combination of factors, including the long weekend and the absence of elite riders in Oxford for the Benchmark series, resulted in small fields for the sunny, calm conditions.

Chapman was joined by older brother Joe in category 1, while parents Tony and Lyn rode in categories two and three respectively.

The heat went on from lap three with attacks and breakaways making for exciting riding. Tim Chapman, Stu Crooks, Joe Chapman, Glen Todd and Lachie McGegor all rode aggressively, with different combinations, as circumstances allowed.

These five asserted themselves to eventually fight for the final placings. The Chapman brothers used the race as a final hit-out in their campaign leading to the Tour of Southland which starts next Sunday. They will ride for the L&M Group team.

In category two, young Daniel Creswell was uncompromising and finished well clear of Carl Haddon, Brett McCormack, Tony Chapman and David Lont.

Category three was a race of attrition, even down to the final 100m when Bruce Jenkins had the misfortune to snap his back derailleur.

This left the way clear for a powerful sprint by Gavin Hartley. Wayne Green was second and Jan Brosnahan picked up third placing and was the fastest woman.

Next week's race will be held on Sunday morning from Vauxhall to Shiel Hill.

By Jan Brosnahan. 


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