Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Sat 18/Apr/09 3:29pm

Shorty Allnutt stepped up from winning last year’s Around Brunner recreational event to beat a strong elite field in the Around Brunner cycle race, the final round of the National Points Series, on the West Coast today.

The Hokitika rider was in a successful break at the 60 kilometre mark with Scott McDonnell (Kelford Cycling Team) and Garry Pierce (Thule Cycling team) and after dropping Pierce with 30 kilometres to go, worked well with McDonnell to narrowly avoid getting caught in the finishing straight to win in three hours and 16 minutes.

“I’m really stocked to win this event after stepping up from the other grade,” Allnutt said.

‘’We worked really well together and managed to hold the chasers off. I just kept my head down and didn’t give up. I felt strong all day and it worked out.”

There were a number of attacks in the early stages of the race as the Benchmark Cycling Team tried to break the field up and work over defending champion Sam Horgan from the Subway – Avanti Cycling team.

Allan Williams (Warmup Cycling Team) was prominent as he covered the attacks, and with Horgan sticking on his wheel the bunch was pulled back together each time.

The race winning break was made as the field turned off and headed inland towards Lake Brunner.

The chasing bunch took some time to get themselves organised and it was only within the last 10 kilometres urgency appeared as they realised they may had left the chase too late.

With 10 kilometres to go Horgan attacked but failed to make it across to the leaders and it was left to Williams to lead the chasing bunch home over the final 1000 metres to finish a well deserved third four seconds behind Allnutt and McDonnell.

Daniel Barry (Benchmark), Ross McLennan from Nelson and Mark Prutton (Team John Bull Cycles) rounded out the top six in the elite race.

Josie Giddens (Cycle Surgery/Lowe & Associates) continued her recent good form to win the woman’s elite race coming in only seven seconds after Allnutt and leading home Amie Burns (Benchmark) and Cathy Hamer (Hokitika Cycling).

Last year’s elite female winner Nicola Anderson (Benchmark) finished ten minutes back and Jeannie Kuhajek (Star & Garter Tasman Cycling Team) had her chances spoiled after crashing in the final few kilometres.

Gidden’s leaves New Zealand with her first overseas cycling contract in a few weeks and said the event was a part of her build up for riding with her new team.

“I had some help from a few of the boys as I knew as long as I stayed near the front I knew I’d be ok in a sprint. I really enjoyed the race.”

Michael Jones from Thames won the recreational event in a large bunch sprint finish from Alden Stamper and Rob Wilson in three hours and 30 minutes.

First female home was Rebecca Hensley from Christchurch ten seconds after Jones. Hensley beat Anne Kerr and Nienke Podmore in the dash for the line as the three were the only females to stay with the leading bunch.


Provisional results - Individuals by Category

Elite men

1 Shorty Allnutt Hokitika 03:16:23
2 Scott McDonnell Christchurch 03:16:23
3 Alan Williams Christchurch 03:16:27
4 Daniel Barry Christchurch 03:16:27
5 Ross MacLennan Nelson 03:16:27
6 Mark Prutton Christchurch 03:16:28
7 Brad McFarlane Christchurch 03:16:29
8 Mike Anderson Nelson 03:16:30
9 Darcy Ellerm Norton Christchurch 03:16:30
10 Johnathon Gee Christchurch 03:16:30

Elite woman
1 Josie Giddens Springston 03:16:30
2 Aimee Burns Christchurch 03:16:40
3 Cathy Hamer Hokitika 03:18:53
4 Jeannie Kuhajek Nelson 03:21:08
5 Nicole Anderson Christchurch 03:36:00

Recreational event - men
1 Michael Jones M40-49 Thames 03:30:23
2 Alden Stamper M20-39 Nelson 03:30:23
3 Rob Wilson M40-49 Christchurch 03:30:23
4 John Phillips M40-49 Christchurch 03:30:24
5 Nigel Smith M40-49 Nelson 03:30:24
6 Richard Wearne M20-39 Christchurch 03:30:24
7 Leon Dawson M20-39 Greymouth 03:30:24
8 Mike Smart M20-39 Christchurch 03:30:24
9 Tony Lange M50-59 Christchurch 03:30:24
10 Garry Overend M50-59 Nelson 03:30:24
11 Bruce Arnott M40-49 Christchurch 03:30:24
12 Alasdair Duncan M20-39 Christchurch 03:30:25
13 Andrew Hearne M20-39 Christchurch 03:30:25
14 Paul McLachlan M50-59 Christchurch 03:30:25
15 andy bullock M20-39 chrsitchurch 03:30:25
16 Andy Lyes M40-49 Hokitika 03:30:25
17 Andy Backhouse M40-49 Greymouth 03:30:25
18 neil gillespie M40-49 hokitika 03:30:26
19 Glen Bateman M20-39 Blenheim 03:30:26
20 David Fleming M40-49 Christchurch 03:30:26


Recreational event - female
1 Rebecca Hensley F20-39 Christchurch 03:30:33
2 Anne kerr F50-59 Christchurch 03:30:43
3 Nienke Podmore F20-39 CHRISTCHURCH 03:30:52
4 Lauren Tarawhiti F20-39 Christchurch 03:36:52
5 Mary Bamford F40-49 Christchurch 03:36:55
6 Abby Ryan F20-39 Christchurch 03:38:56
7 Dawn Chalmers F20-39 Nelson 03:40:04
8 Yvonne Pfluger F20-39 Christchurch 03:40:04
9 Vicki Upton F50-59 Christchurch 03:40:08
10 Yvonne McDonald F40-49 Christchurch 03:40:09
11 Liz Geddes F40-49 ChCh 03:44:35
12 Wilhelmina Borst F40-49 Blenheim 03:44:39
13 Jacqui Nathan F20-39 Christchurch 03:44:42
14 christine van Hoppe F60-69 Nelson 03:48:35
15 Sarah Johnson F20-39 Christchurch 03:48:39
16 Mary Jones F50-59 Christchurch 03:48:50
17 Anna Thomson F40-49 Christchurch 03:51:18
18 Nadia Marinelli F20-39 Christchurch 03:51:20
19 Delwyn Bassett F50-59 Christchurch 03:54:51
20 Charlotte Breeze F20-39 Hokitika 03:55:14
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Tama on Sat 18/Apr/09 3:31pm

Nice come back by Jono Gee!

Also, who's Anne Kerr(F50-59 - 3:30:43) - is she a bit of legend?
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Tugboat on Sat 18/Apr/09 3:35pm

Tama wrote:Also, who's Anne Kerr


One of those things you use to moor a boat?? :paranoid:
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Al_Bushman on Sat 18/Apr/09 7:49pm

Vorber Al Williams is on a roll! For those that missed it he also won the 200km enduro Grape Ride race a couple of weeks ago. He's not even training for cycling either - he's been training for ironman although somehow I get the feeling his priorities may have changed recently! :thumbsup:
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Neub on Sat 18/Apr/09 8:03pm

Alan Williams and Darcy Ellerm-Norton, both from Warmup Cycling Team in top 10 finish, nice work boys! Darcy is only 16yrs old!
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Al_Bushman on Sat 18/Apr/09 8:05pm

Good to see Mark Prutton up there in the results too after his recent injury concerns.
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Elden on Sat 18/Apr/09 9:20pm

Tugboat wrote:
Tama wrote:Also, who's Anne Kerr


One of those things you use to moor a boat?? :paranoid:

she might be the wife of a Wayne Kerr...?
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Fergie on Sat 18/Apr/09 10:30pm

Anne is a bit of a hammer.

Did anybody of note ride Brunner. So much for the NPS. Scotty McDonnell has his kids for 1 week on and trains 30min a day 1 week and 90mins a day the 2nd week. Sure he has some Euro experience and prior results but he shouldn't be placing 2nd in a NPS event.
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby elpo on Sun 19/Apr/09 7:47am

Does anyone know what team Josie is going to ride for overseas??
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Ahad on Sun 19/Apr/09 3:23pm

Fergie wrote:Anne is a bit of a hammer.

Did anybody of note ride Brunner. So much for the NPS. Scotty McDonnell has his kids for 1 week on and trains 30min a day 1 week and 90mins a day the 2nd week. Sure he has some Euro experience and prior results but he shouldn't be placing 2nd in a NPS event.


Think thats because the benchmark boys went back and brought the girls back up to the front bunch. Not that I'd know just riding the rec but Shorty and McDonnelle must have got a break around that time?

(Scrap that! Should have read the race report :blush: Shit! A break 60k's out is a good effort though! )

The main bunch led by Alan W was closing super fast (3minutes behind with 5k's to go I think they said at Prizegiving) but just not quite fast enough to catch them.
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Ahad on Sun 19/Apr/09 5:07pm

First time I'd done Around Brunner(rec) so didn't quite know what to expect. Started off in the first group and it was pretty damn slow out to Jacksons. No one wanted to do any work on the front except for maybe a few guys out of 200. So slow I got bored so even took off by myself off the front in a half-arsed break for about 5min just for the hell of it. Knew that I'd pay for it later not being too fit atm but didnt care. I was pretty underdone as it was, and wasn't going to ride the whole race in this mega bunch doing nothing, just for a 500m sprint at the end that I wouldn't win anyway.

Tried to get something going up the front but as only 5guys were keen to do any work out of about 200 it was a waste of time as all the hangers on would just sit there like stunned mullets just wanting a tow to the finish line. And half the time people would leave you hanging at the front whenever you took a turn anyway.
Basically blew the legs up by the half way mark so after then just had to sit in and recover. Was really good to see a couple of guys make the only real break of the day. Was really impressed at the speed they kept up for the 10 or 15min that they managed to stay away. One of them was the real winner to me on the day, as he was also one of the few who did anything as well as lots of work up the front :thumbsup:

With about 20k's to go the 80 or so people left in the front "mega bunch" were started to get tired, and lose concentration. Quite a few near misses with people starting to ride off their line etc etc. In the last couple of hills people were going crazy to get to the front and started taking stupid risks on blind corners.

On the last hill the inevitable happened and 4 or 5 went down just in front of me. Then in the sprint for the finish line people were going mental sprinting for 20th place. :eh: :crazy: In the finishing shute a Couple of guys edged past me and did the "sandwhich" so I had to slow to save getting my front wheel knocked out. Pissed me off as I lost all my momentum. Then just when I got it back 3guys just ahead of me went down about 30m from the finish line landing heavily. Brakes time again and dodge flying bicycle :crazy:
Came 26th in the end 6seconds back and pleased to finish in the front bunch and in one piece.

But at prizegiving I must say I was quite embarrased, when I found out that in nearly every category up to 50 +women and 60+ guys, and tandems all finished along with my front bunch :blush: This says nothing about these people that I have admiration for doing it tough. But for the 20 and 30 something yr old guys including me? Come on!!
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby tony_11 on Sun 19/Apr/09 5:21pm

Ahad wrote:
Fergie wrote:Anne is a bit of a hammer.

Did anybody of note ride Brunner. So much for the NPS. Scotty McDonnell has his kids for 1 week on and trains 30min a day 1 week and 90mins a day the 2nd week. Sure he has some Euro experience and prior results but he shouldn't be placing 2nd in a NPS event.


Think thats because the benchmark boys went back and brought the girls back up to the front bunch. Not that I'd know just riding the rec but Shorty and McDonnelle must have got a break around that time?

(Scrap that! Should have read the race report :blush: Shit! A break 60k's out is a good effort though! )

The main bunch led by Alan W was closing super fast (3minutes behind with 5k's to go I think they said at Prizegiving) but just not quite fast enough to catch them.

Ahad wrote:First time I'd done Around Brunner(rec) so didn't quite know what to expect. Started off in the first group and it was pretty damn slow out to Jacksons. No one wanted to do any work on the front except for maybe a few guys out of 200. So slow I got bored so even took off by myself off the front in a half-arsed break for about 5min just for the hell of it. Knew that I'd pay for it later not being too fit atm but didnt care. I was pretty underdone as it was, and wasn't going to ride the whole race in this mega bunch doing nothing, just for a 500m sprint at the end that I wouldn't win anyway.

Tried to get something going up the front but as only 5guys were keen to do any work out of about 200 it was a waste of time as all the hangers on would just sit there like stunned mullets just wanting a tow to the finish line. And half the time people would leave you hanging at the front whenever you took a turn anyway.
Basically blew the legs up by the half way mark so after then just had to sit in and recover. Was really good to see a couple of guys make the only real break of the day. Was really impressed at the speed they kept up for the 10 or 15min that they managed to stay away. One of them was the real winner to me on the day, as he was also one of the few who did anything as well as lots of work up the front :thumbsup:

With about 20k's to go the 80 or so people left in the front "mega bunch" were started to get tired, and lose concentration. Quite a few near misses with people starting to ride off their line etc etc. In the last couple of hills people were going crazy to get to the front and started taking stupid risks on blind corners.

On the last hill the inevitable happened and 4 or 5 went down just in front of me. Then in the sprint for the finish line people were going mental sprinting for 20th place. :eh: :crazy: In the finishing shute a Couple of guys edged past me and did the "sandwhich" so I had to slow to save getting my front wheel knocked out. Pissed me off as I lost all my momentum. Then just when I got it back 3guys just ahead of me went down about 30m from the finish line landing heavily. Brakes time again and dodge flying bicycle :crazy:
Came 26th in the end 6seconds back and pleased to finish in the front bunch and in one piece.

But at prizegiving I must say I was quite embarrased, when I found out that in nearly every category up to 50 +women and 60+ guys, and tandems all finished along with my front bunch :blush: This says nothing about these people that I have admiration for doing it tough. But for the 20 and 30 something yr old guys including me? Come on!!


Isn't that just the most frustrating thing ever.. All these people that sit in these groups with no intention of going to the front to work. I guess the course doesn't have any significnt hills where these people will drop of the back. If four or five of you went off the front and workd I'm sure you would have got away.. However it's finding those people that are willing.. They want to cruise around and sprint for the last 100 metres... Bit of a resemblence to C1 Grade at Ruapuna.
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Ahad on Sun 19/Apr/09 6:01pm

tony_11 wrote:
Ahad wrote:First time I'd done Around Brunner(rec) so didn't quite know what to expect. Started off in the first group and it was pretty damn slow out to Jacksons. No one wanted to do any work on the front except for maybe a few guys out of 200. So slow I got bored so even took off by myself off the front in a half-arsed break for about 5min just for the hell of it. Knew that I'd pay for it later not being too fit atm but didnt care. I was pretty underdone as it was, and wasn't going to ride the whole race in this mega bunch doing nothing, just for a 500m sprint at the end that I wouldn't win anyway.

Tried to get something going up the front but as only 5guys were keen to do any work out of about 200 it was a waste of time as all the hangers on would just sit there like stunned mullets just wanting a tow to the finish line. And half the time people would leave you hanging at the front whenever you took a turn anyway.
Basically blew the legs up by the half way mark so after then just had to sit in and recover....


Isn't that just the most frustrating thing ever.. All these people that sit in these groups with no intention of going to the front to work. I guess the course doesn't have any significnt hills where these people will drop of the back. If four or five of you went off the front and workd I'm sure you would have got away.. However it's finding those people that are willing.. They want to cruise around and sprint for the last 100 metres... Bit of a resemblence to C1 Grade at Ruapuna.


Yeah exactly. 130km is a hell of a long way to go just for a 100m sprint! I mean you spent a $95 entry fee for that?! :eh:

The thing that pissed me off was that there were quite a few quite good cyclists (by recreational standards) that could have easily picked up the pace, helped out and made a break. But instead thought it would be great to tell their families and mates the story of how they beat out a tandem and some 60yr olds for a top 10 position.
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby tony_11 on Sun 19/Apr/09 7:16pm

So all in all not a race to tick the box for next year eh?
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Re: Around Brunner Report + Provisional Results

Postby Al_Bushman on Sun 19/Apr/09 7:21pm

Sorry Ahad, that's pretty typical of flat races so you've gotta expect it.

It's similar in Benchmark races on the flat courses. It's just too easy to hang in the bunch if you haven't got the legs to pull at the front.

It's a well run event tony_11 and I'd really reccommend it, although if you're a stronger rider you'd probably have more fun in the registered riders race. The scenery is great too. :thumbsup:
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