Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Milk & Honey

Maybe it takes something a little bit different to get people excited about a race these days. Whatever it is, last Sunday's Milk & Honey race pulled quite a field. Around about 90 people, in fact. It's a novel format - a road race featuring a proper hill climb backed up by a mountain bike race with a proper downhill.  

So,  the road race bit was as expected - One large bunch heading for the bottom of the hill. From my position in the pack, nothing too much happened. A few breaks were thwarted and from where I was sitting it looked like mini-pinner (and eventual winner) Henry Jaine did the lion's share.

A few oddballs worth mentioning are Chris Burr who finished well up the field on his "Touring Bike ". Bob, who dialed the whole Takaka climb on a fixie and then nailed the Rameka on her singlespeed Tranny. And Jaimie Nichol, who not only finished 5th overall, but did so by riding his Santa Cruz Nomad for the ENTIRE race. He probably also slips into the record books by becoming the only person in history to use a seat dropper for aerodynamic advantage in a road race.

Tristan was bridesmaid again, coming in 4 minutes behind Henry (2.53.35) while Ed Kearly took third. Andy Reid took 4th, towing Jaimie in to the finish. 

The girls was a tight fought race finishing 10th (myself, 3.13.10), 11th (Meg Bichard 3.13.59) and 12th (Tiffany Farnsworthth (3.14.49) in the overall individual race.

Photos courtesy of Milk & Honey facebook page

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