Warm sunny weather encouraged a great turnout to the TRCC Individual Time Trial Champs today. Chris Willett brought out his group of young triathletes to boost numbers in the 2 lap event, while the 40km race attracted most of the clubs "big hitters", along with Sam Clark, a multi-sporter from Whakatane.
We also had two "Two Man Team Trial" teams in the 22km event
It was great to see Stephen Lewis and Pauline Schrafft back out on the bike as well.
Some very good times were set, despite a brisk headwind on Kaituna Road. As fastest Tauranga rider in the 40km race, Heath Lett, fresh from his success at the NZ Club Road Nationals, takes the Club TT Champion title for 2016. Chris Willett pipped Ryan Young to take first place in the 22km race, with Sam Clark taking fastest time in the 40km race.
Thanks to Mark, Pauline and Jackie for running the event, and to Willie for putting on the BBQ and drinks afterwards. Results Here....Click Here
TRCC Club Champions crowned for 2016
Congratulations to Glen Carabine and Courteney Lowe,as our new Tauranga Club Champions for 2016, in the Mens and Womens classifications respectively.
Moving the Champs from our traditional date in December to March resulted in a much better turnout across the grades. A near perfect day weather-wise also brought out an enthusiastic band of spectators, including long time club members Kevin & Carol Jerome and the recently injured Stephen Lewis - great to see him out of hospital and on the road to recovery.
Glen completed a clean sweep of all races in the A Grade, while Courteney did close battle with dad Rick Lowe in the B Grade, with Rick narrowly taking out the overall win in B Grade.
The C Grade settled in to ride as a group for most of the Road Race, with Chris Bosselmann skipping clear with a few laps to go and taking out a decisive win in the road race and as overall C Grade Champ.
In the D Grade, young Ricky Lowe (no relation to Rick!) set a good time in the TT and a very sharp time in the Hill Climb, but Rachel Kilgour - unshackled from the tandem for a change - put in a great sprint to take out the Road Race.
The after-match function was at the Bethlehem Town Centre, where quite few other members and families joined for refreshments and the medal presentation. A big thanks to those businesses who sponsored spot prizes - Avanti Plus Mt Maunganui, Ride Bike, Farmer Motor Group - Skoda, and Hannah Lowe from the Cardiac Clinic.
Thanks also to the team that organised the Champs or helped to marshall on the day - Greg Taylor, Mark Ireland, Raewyne Cathie, Tim Mills, Angie Carter and Fraser Sharps dad.
The Tauranga Road Cycling Club team continued its success in Round 5 of the Dynamo Events Team Championship in Pokeno on Sunday. It was a beautiful day in the Franklin District and some fantastic roads to ride on. The first hill was quite something - very steep at the bottom and then it went on and on and then on a bit further. Richard Taylor took out first place for TRCC in Cat 3, with Shane Kaio, Mark Carter, Charles Johnson and Greg Taylor all finishing in the main bunch. TRCC has held on to its 3rd place overall after 5 Rounds, with the final round in Tokoroa on 3rd April. Results can be found at
2016 Club Memberships
We invite you to login and renew your Tauranga Road Cycling Club membership online at the Cycling NZ Click Here
Membership fees remain the same as last year. We'd love to have you back as part of the TRCC family in 2016!