The winners have been crowned at the 11th edition of the SRAM Tour de Ranges cycling event in Clevedon, Auckland.
SRAM Tour de Ranges offered new course options in 2020. Event options included 30km, 65km, 110km team, age group and elite category road cycling events plus a 40km mountain bike event. Over 600 participants took on the distances.
The 30km, 65km and 40km events required a shuttle to the start line where the participants raced to the finish line in Clevedon. The road cycling courses went through the Hunua Ranges, with views of the Hauraki Gulf, tree-lined country roads and Kawakawa Bay while the mountain bike event took on single track and gravel roads through the Hunua Ranges.
Daniel Carruthers placed first in the 30km road cycling event with a time of 56m 49s, while Reuben Cooper placed a close second with a time of 56m 50s. Third place Tim Robinson finished close behind with a time of 56m 51s. The women’s category winner Bree Monaghan finished with the same time of 56m 49s, while second place Tiree Robinson was one second behind and third place Seiko Whiteley was 15 minutes behind.
65km first place Trevor Coetzee finished well ahead of the field with a time of 1h 46m 48s. Stephen Palmer placed second with a time of 02h 08m 28s and Alan McIntyre placed third with a time of 02h 10m 05s. The women's category winner, Elodie Cathala took the women’s race in 02h 11m 21s, ahead of Monique Van Wyk and Ruby Spring.
The lead bunch in the elite category James Harvey, Theo Gilbertson, Michael Torckler and Josh Kench finished in a sprint with a time of 02:30:17, only milliseconds apart. James Harvey finished first, Theo Gilbertson second and Michael Torckler third. Female elites Ally Wollaston, Nicole van der Kaay, Anna Christian, Georgia Perry and Mikayla Harvey also arrived at the finish line together in a sprint finish. Mikayla Harvey took the win with a time of 02:50:05. Ally Wollaston and Georgia Perry were just seconds behind.
Charles Smart took the win in the 110km age group category with a time of 02h 42m 04s. Herman Engelbrecht placed second with a time of 02h 43m 57s and Mark Shaw finished third with a time of 02h 44m 09s.
The inaugural 40km mountain bike event took riders through the Hunua Ranges, taking in the well formed gravel road and single track. Logan Griffith won with a time of 01h 41m 54s. Josh Aldridge wasn’t far behind with a time of 01h 43m 30s, while Phil Walter finished on a single speed with a time of 01h 47m 21s. In the women’s race it was Amy Haddon who took the win ahead of Eva van den Heuvel and Kimi Sutherland.