The Stratford Cycling Club held the first Interclub Race for the season. The O2 Project sponsored Walker Shield was run over 52km around the Huiroa Block. The race was run as a Graded event, with the 15 strong C Grade sprinting for the win. New Plymouth rider Peter Handcock showed good sprinting form to head off Ernest Bloom and Peter Scrafft in a time of 1.19.51. Denay Cottam won the A Grade from Tony Brownrigg in 1.20.54. Anthony Visser finished 30 sec in front of Paul Roe and Malcolm Smith in 1.21.05 to win the B Grade. Andrew Fraser won the D Grade in another sprint finish from Tony Kendall and Gary Bradley in 1.26.07. Rob Gedye held of Janice McCullum for the win in E Grade in 1.34.56, with Frank Hofmans in third. Shane Peters outlasted Peter Cox to win F Grade in 1.42.12.
Next week is the Mitchell Cycles sponsored Aaron Taylor Interclub Race starting in Stratford and finishing in Whangamomona. Race starts at 10am on Sunday (19 Feb). The Fun Ride starts at 9am.