A stark overcast day greeted contestants in Race 4 of the OSM Queenstown Cyclocross Series held at Remarkables Park. With series leader Gavin Mason unavailable to race and series contender Brent Herdson out with injury, the field was opened up, with a new rider taking the overall series lead.
Minutes before the race started, the race director decided to change the format by turning the race into a handicap race, giving himself and four others a 5 minute head start on Hamish Frazer (Hawea Flat) and George Blaikie (Alexandra).
Not that the handicap made much difference – Hamish eventually cleaning up followed by Andy Richardson (Queenstown) and Rick Woodward (Wanaka). Perhaps we were a little hard putting George on scratch – after all it was his first CX race – but he looked damn fast. With time on his side, George will be one to watch in the future. Hamish’s win puts him ahead on the leader table – however only your best four results count towards the series total – so there is time for Gav to redeem his series lead if he races again.
The final race of the series is 10am Sunday 26th Aug at Remarkables Park. It is worth double points – so well worth the effort. It would be great to see as many club members as possible supporting the riders in the final race of the series. These guys have been slogging it out all Winter, in the wet and cold.
Next week we will be announcing a special class for the final race.
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