Stunning weather drew solid crowds to cheer on competitors in the REV Cycle Race, with Avanti Racing showcasing its skills against a quality field of local and international riders.
In a tightly fought race, Patrick Bevin from Team Avanti Racing took out the win, setting a new course record (3:22:35). There was barely anything in it though, with a sprint finish between Bevin, James Oram and Michael Torkler.
Since gaining its newly awarded UCI 1.2 status for its elite category, the Radio Sport REV Classic has evolved from an individual to a team challenge. Patrick Bevin’s win secured top team spot for Team Avanti Racing, followed by NZ National Team and Budget Forklifts.
The women’s elite 100km race saw three cyclists new to the event on the podium: Joanne Kiesanowski, Hannah Gumbley and Hannah Van Kampen.
The popular REV100 was won by Gordon McCauley, swiftly followed by U20 national rider Sam Dobbs and Nature Valley’s Brad Tilby.
The REV Midi was won by ONeil Sinclair from Tokoroa who has been riding for just six months, followed by Stu Williams and James Buchanan, with just a fraction of second splitting the trio.
The REV Intro was won by Nic Dallas, closely followed by his father Graham Dallas and Hamish Coltman.
The popular REV Mini Kids event saw youngsters learn new bike skills from Sport Waikato’s Project Energise after their race.
Full results can be found on www.therev.co.nz
Photos by Stephen Barker (www.barkerphotography.co.nz)