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Criterium Race 1 – Report

The rain stayed away and the Capital Cycles winter criterium series got off to an almost dry start today. Overnight rain made the course pretty sketchy but apart from a string of punctures everyone managed to keep the rubber side down. There was some competitive racing in most grades but the ride of the day went to rising star Boston Bright who is still an under 17 rider but took out the A grade race closely followed by his NextGen team mate Henry Levett in second and hard man Dan Waluszewski taking out the final sprint to finish third.

The under 15 boys event was another close affair with Upper Hutt College’s Toby Braun making all the attacks but smart team riding by the Scots College boys reigned him in time and again. At the end of the day Scots College’s George Tomkin took the win on points from Elliot Roberston also of Scots College who won the final sprint and Toby Braun a close third. This one will be worth following over the next couple of weeks.

Other winners included the sponsors own ‘Bubbles’ taking out C grade in a solo off the front effort, Oliver Layug showed good skills in winning the new all comers grade and Richard Henderson picked up points in all the sprints to head off a competitive B grade race. Summer Whitta rode alone but showed great spirit to win the girls U 13 race and Max Wong edged out Lewis Tomkin in the the U13 Boys. Zoe Perry mixed it up with the boys and took out the U15 girls as did Bridget Olphert in winning the U19 girls.

Here’s hoping for some dry weather next weekend for round 2. Full results are shown below. For details on next weeks racing go to


Race 1

U13 Boys

Max Wong, Scots College – 15 points

Lewis Tomkin, Scots College – 9 points

U13 Girls

Summer Whitta, Johnsonville – 15 points

U15 Boys

George Tomkin, Scots College – 14 points

Elliot Robertson, Scots College – 12 points

Toby Braun, Upper Hutt College – 11 points

Oli Mears, Scots College – 4 points

Thomas Joyce, Heretaunga – 2 points

U15 Girls

Zoe Perry, Wellington East Girls – 20 points

Millie Donald, Kena Kena – 12 points

U19 Girls

Bridget Olphert, QMC – 20

All comers

Oliver Layug – 25 points

Daniel Plaished – 14 points

Craig Wilson – 11 points

C Grade

Bubbles – 25

Marty Bennis – 13

John Grimwood – 12

Daniil Moskovtsov – 5

B Grade

Tristan Ratcliffe – 20

Richard Henderson – 15

Jamie Hodgkinson – 8

Ethan Gillespie – 4

Thomas Guldborg – 4

Mark Coburn – 4

A Grade/U19

Boston Bright – 19

Henry Levett – 15

Dan Waluszewski – 12

Finn Sherlock – 4

Louis Hodgkinson – 2

Steve Bale – 1

Grant Perry – 1

James Ajulev – 1

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