Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby trancemaster on Sat 26/Nov/11 3:15pm

Hope the xl division got thru before the course closed. Dozens of 20m trees falling down around racers in the hi winds. Results pretty meaningless. Still a lovely 55k ride.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby BrokenKonaRider on Sat 26/Nov/11 10:19pm

Road race sounded tough too: http://www.leppinsport.com/news.cfm?id=81263

Torckler, Boyd take cycling victories in Taupo race
PureBlack Racing’s Michael Torckler handled the tough conditions best in a solo win at the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge today.

Strong winds made for a tough 160km race, with over half of the field being dropped in the first 10km.
Torckler was involved in the decisive break that caught early leaders Sam Horgan (Subway Pro Cycling) and Mike Northey (PureBlack Racing) at 60 km mark.

The 11-man break including Torckler’s teammates Alex Ray and Taylor Gunman, and Subway Pro Cycling’s Nick Lovegrove and Horgan established a five minute lead. Torckler
Torckler made a break with 80kms still remaining in a gutsy move before Wellington’s Joseph Cooper bridged to the leader. However Torckler attacked again up the tough Hautepe Hill with Cooper unable to respond.

“It was a really strong headwind and they guys weren’t that motivated to work together, so I attacked on the climb with 80 kms to go,” said Torckler. “After I attacked again up Hautepe, the wind was blowing me around a wee bit when I was solo. It was worst in the last three kms.”

Torckler crossed the line over two and a half minutes ahead of PureBlack Racing teammate Mike Northey with Cooper third.

Torckler has recovered well from a serious crash at the beginning of the year, adding the Taupo victory to his win in the K2 Cycle Challenge last month. He is looking ahead to the RaboDirect Elite Road National Championships in Christchurch next month and an international season with Pure Black Racing.

Meanwhile Waiuku’s Kaytee Boyd flew in to Taupo after competing in the Oceania Track Championships in Invercargill to win the elite women’s race.

The BikeNZ pursuit specialist made the decisive move on the Hatepe Hill when she broke clear in a bunch including Sonia Waddell (Cambridge), Mel Burke (Auckland), Emma Crum (Auckland), Keri-Ann Torckler (New Plymouth), and Rita Trotman (Christchurch).

They established a 50 second lead with Boyd showing the benefits of her track strength and speed to out-sprint her rivals for victory over Waddell and Burke. It marked a successful week for Waddell, the former Olympic rower, who won the international regional para-cycling pursuit title with visually-impaired fellow world champion partner Jayne Parsons at Invercargill this week.

RESULTS:

Elite Men, 160km: Michael Torckler (PureBlack Racing) 3.48.53, 1; Mike Northey (PureBlack Racing) 3.51.18, 2; Joseph Cooper (Wellington) 3.51.23, 3.

Elite Women, 100km: Kaytee Boyd (Waiuku) 3.04.38, 1; Sonia Waddell (Cambridge) 3.04.39, 2; Melanie Burke (Auckland) ST, 3.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby WayneG on Sat 26/Nov/11 10:41pm

No no-one did the full 80km. I have heard of a rider being taken out by a tree, I hope they are ok
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby Amy12 on Sat 26/Nov/11 10:53pm

Ya the race sounded tough, but super fun! :) You heard of a rider being taken out by a tree? If I were to participate, I would be an international participant. Does whoever puts on the race have insurance for injuries, or would I need to purchase my own temporary medical insurance? Any help would be great because I don't want to be taken out by a tree then left bc I don't have insurance! :)
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby ThingOne on Sun 27/Nov/11 9:37am

Was kinda scary in the forest with huge crashes and cracking from the canopy, one guy got hit by a falling branch and got taken away in an ambulance, hence cancelling the race was the right thing too do.
I only got hit on the head by a pine cone, so count myself lucky.
Although organizers did still award the placings, I was phoned to say I was first masters and they are going to sort everything out in the next few days.
Not sure who was awarded the overall, think it was TRex , mike northcot out front.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby VERT on Sun 27/Nov/11 1:23pm

They said Mike Northcot at the prize giving
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby Oli on Sun 27/Nov/11 1:44pm

I heard Mikey, Dirk then Tim.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby trancemaster on Sun 27/Nov/11 1:54pm

Clayton's podium or a Buysman trophy?
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby blackadder63 on Sun 27/Nov/11 2:53pm

:p :p :) :)
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby WayneG on Sun 27/Nov/11 9:25pm

Yes Mike Northcot took it out, he made it to the relay change over point before getting stopped. It sounds like he had a big lead as well.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby NzidaR on Sun 27/Nov/11 10:57pm

WayneG wrote:Yes Mike Northcot took it out, he made it to the relay change over point before getting stopped. It sounds like he had a big lead as well.


Now the only question is whether or not it was indeed NZ Marathon Champs for 2011 ?

And as luck would have it, today's conditions were near perfect aside from the downed trees. Light winds, hot, sunny much like race day 2010 :lol:
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby Dr. Fuentes on Mon 28/Nov/11 8:38am

WayneG wrote:Yes Mike Northcot took it out, he made it to the relay change over point before getting stopped. It sounds like he had a big lead as well.


at 39km

Mikey
Dirk + 1:26
Tim + :40

another trio including Carl Jones were about 40 seconds further back. Mike got through the Craters carpark just as word came through to stop riders, and Dirk etc were all stopped before the relay interchange.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby trancemaster on Mon 28/Nov/11 10:31am

Chatting in reflection with one of me mates, we gotta say - everyone put massive $ and time effort into that race - both organisers and riders, so it shouldnt have been abandoned and every effort should have been put into a proper restart from the Hub. one way would have been to number off the 1st 50 riders that were stopped and give them that seeded restart with the rest going 2 min behind. oh well ...
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby Scaredy_Cat on Mon 28/Nov/11 10:45am

Disagree.

First priority was rider safety - getting everyone out of the forest intact. After that, a 'race' for anyone other than the top 10-20 would have been damn near impossible to restart - due to the fact that people had completed differing amounts of the course when they were stopped. Also - Riders could still continue on the course (after the forest) if they wanted to 'finish' - which a lot did, myself included.

I'm sure there are things that could have been done differently - but the organisers & Taupo mtb club did the best that they could on the day.
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Re: Huka Challenge 2011 Abandoned

Postby ryda on Mon 28/Nov/11 11:12am

Scaredy_Cat wrote:Disagree.

First priority was rider safety - getting everyone out of the forest intact. After that, a 'race' for anyone other than the top 10-20 would have been damn near impossible to restart - due to the fact that people had completed differing amounts of the course when they were stopped. Also - Riders could still continue on the course (after the forest) if they wanted to 'finish' - which a lot did, myself included.

I'm sure there are things that could have been done differently - but the organisers & Taupo mtb club did the best that they could on the day.


yer a restart would not have been possible or fair, Mikey who was leading had and extra about 5km of racing his legs over over 2nd who got stop earlier,
and then for the slower cats would have been even worse

they did the only and best option available to them :thumbsup:
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