|Source to Sea 2007
The leading bunch of riders on SH63 heading West with the sun and the mighty Buller River on their right.
The inaugural Source to Sea 160km cycle event took place on Saturday 10th Nov. from Lake Rotoiti to Westport. There were many Star and Garter Club riders competing in the event that saw 709 entrants take part. The course was generally down hill from start to finish but many parts of the course undulated as the road followed the banks of the Buller River. From a chilly start down at the lakeside the weather gradually warmed with pleasant sunshine greeting riders as they arrived at the finish near Carters Beach, Westport.
There was general agreement from all riders that the event was exceptionally well organised and marshalled. Each one way bridge was marshalled from both sides that gave uninterrupted flow throughout the ride and the police were on hand with marshalls at each major road junction.
Grant Stirling was narrowly beaten into 1st place by Mathew Barr (Chch). Grant's finishing time was 4:05:25. Ritchie van Vugt was 13th with Karen Fulton finishing in 14th, and winning the competition for fastest female racer by over 7 minutes and Alden Stamper with a creditable 15th. Dean Fulton made a brave breakaway attempt during the race only to have the leading peleton of 35 riders reel him in as the headwind towards Westport began to strengthen. Dean finished just 7 seconds down from the overall race winner.
Several other club members saw podium places in their respective categories. These included Jeannie Kuhajek (3rd Womens Race), Brenda Clapp (2nd F3039), Christine van Hoppe (1st F5059), Karl van Hoppe (3rd M6069), Nick Batt (1st tandem) and Mike Watson (2nd tandem). Please let me know if I have missed anyone out.
All images of the event shown on our website have been kindly provided by Ian Trafford Photos .
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Crossing the Iron Bridge and heading towards Inangahua
Grant Stirling (2nd overall) and Ritchie van Vugt head the main peleton after Inangahua
Nimesha Smith (2nd), Karen Fulton (1st) and Jeanne Kuhajek (3rd) in the womens race