Tuesday 14 September 2021
Riders racing in all four categories of Sunday’s first race in the Trust House Teams Series overcame strong cross winds and bouts of rain, but it was a teenager who stole the show.
Competing in the Category Three for new Pahiatua based team, Madison Cycle Clothing NZ, 15 year old Jackson Fellows was the rider of the day. Riding a big race for the first time, Fellows showed his talent and determination to win, breaking away from the bunch up the last hill climb on the outskirts of Masterton and riding the last three kilometres on his own against strong cross winds.
Race director Jorge Sandoval said it was very impressive riding, rarely seen from such a young rider.
“I have seen so many races and riders coming to our events and occasionally you see someone like Jackson who really impresses everyone. I am sure if he keeps his cycling up, we will see lots more of him in a few years,” said Sandoval.
Fellows was very happy.
“This is my first big race ever; I couldn’t race last year as I was too young but today everything went my way. I decided to go away up the last hill and rode the last 3kms on my own. It was hard because it was so windy, but I managed to stay away. I love hills and I look forward to race two of the series with some hill climbs, said Fellows.
It was a clean-up for the Madison Cycle Clothing NZ team in category 3, with David Jackson coming in second and Fellow’s father Marcus Fellows coming in third place.
Category one, made up of elite riders, completed 102km around the Alfredton circuit with current New Zealand Scratch champion George Jackson, riding for the NZ Cycling Project, taking the victory. Coupland’s/Booth’s Group’s Callum Nisbet was second with Wellington’s David Weaver from Team Wheelworks in third place.
The 102km Category Two race featured 57 riders with the final hill climb splitting the field so that a breakaway of nine riders managing a lead of almost a minute from the chasing riders with five kilometres to go.
In the last two kilometres, Palmerston North’s Caleb Bottcher riding for WCNI team managed to slip away from his group to win the race followed by Simon Dowsett from iRIDE team with Jamie Campbell from Green Performance Coaching team coming in third place.
The final race was category four with 40 riders starting the race. Chris Sharrott from Kapiti Cycling Club won the bunch sprint with Darren Murdie from Bike Manawatu Palmfield in second place and Palmerston North Toshi Yamauchi from Storage Manawatu team in third place.
This year’s Trust House Team Series has attracted 22 teams with riders from Manawatu, Wellington and Wairarapa, making up the four race categories.
With Covid-19 restrictions currently in place under Alert Level 2, extra safety controls have been put in place by Sandoval to ensure the safety of riders and of officials,
These measures include all riders and officials needing to sign in for contact tracing purposes and adhering to good hygiene practises (including mask wear while not racing) and staying home if they are sick. Non-essential supporters and other spectators were asked to stay at home. In addition each grade category raced separately with separate facilities. At the conclusion of the race, all riders were instructed to return home and forgo any prize giving.
“There was a lot planning going into ensuring this series is run under the new Alert Level 2 guidelines and I was very happy with the support from everyone in the event, adhering to race regulations to ensure we race while following best practise and to support us being able to continue to deliver events during changing Alert Levels.” Race Director Jorge Sandoval said.
Race two in the series is on a new circuit, riders will start from Alfredton, riding towards Pongaroa and Pahiatua before finishing the longest race in the series, a 118km distance in Alfredton on Sunday 3rd October 2021.
Results after race one
1 George Jackson - NZ Cycling Project 2:42:52.1
2 Callum Nisbet - Coupland's/Booth's Group 2:42:52.2
3 David Weaver - Wheelworks 2:43:12.6
Leading Team: NZ Cycling Project
1 Caleb Bottcher - West Coast North Island Road Racing. 2:50:32.6
2 Simon Dowsett - iRIDE 2:50:52.2
3 Jamie Campbell - Green Performance Coaching 2:51:16.0
Leading Team: West Coast North Island
1 Jackson Fellows - Madison Cycle Clothing NZ 2:02:00.4
2 David Jackson - Madison Cycle Clothing NZ 2:02:03.1
3 Marcus Fellows - Madison Cycle Clothing NZ 2:02:04.8
Leading Team: Madison Cycle Clothing NZ
1 Chris Sharrott - Kapiti Cycling Club 2:07:47.5
2 Darren Murdie - Bike Manawatu Palmfeild Motors 2:07:48.7
3 Toshi Yamauchi - Storage Manawatu 2:07:50.7
Leading Team: Kapiti Cycling Club