No Cake Walks Here: A1 Summer Series Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge
Anyone who thinks that the 2016 Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge is easy is in for rude awakening. This season the race will be held on 10th of January and for those who are unprepared they may find their legs don’t function that well the next day! If the weather Gods are feeling fickle riders can have a head wind out AND back as they circumnavigate the Lake via Northburn, Bendigo, Luggate, Pisa Moorings and Lowburn. There are a couple of grinding hills and a hot day, the Central Otago roads are literally scorching. Greg Henderson a multi-medal winning rider who is currently rides for the Lotto-Belisol Tour de France team went out for a spin in 2015. Although, he claimed no prize he did take to the podium to auction a set of his 2014 Tour De France team colours to raise funds for the Rachel Clark Memorial Trust. Officially, Justin Stott took out the men’s title with a time of 2:20:02, and Mikayla Harvey took the women’s title with 2:31:40. It will be interesting to see if anyone can beat their times this year. Strangely enough, according to Bill Godsall the Race Director the ‘Roadies’ seem enjoy grinding along for 96 kilometres, and elite riders from all over New Zealand can be found dressed in lycra and riding custom-made bikes at the 10.30am race briefing. It’s fair to say Godsall know’s what he’s talking about as he has been a sponsored athlete and is unofficially known as the “Godfather of Central Otago Multi-Sport.” Godsall's sojourn into adventure racing began when a work colleague dared him to run a marathon. He quickly succumbed to the “endure addiction” and started training for multisport races like the Coast to Coast and competed in overseas events. In total, he competed in six international team races and his favourite was 1986 Canadian Challenge held in Whistler. If you’ve done the training and are ready to brave the possibility of a continuous wall of wind and, or dessert like heat, you can find out more about the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge at www.cromwell.org.nz/events or to register online click here.