Jeff Best had much to celebrate after winning the last Canterbury South cycling race of the winter season.
Best won the Covid-19 delayed handicap event for the Kiwi Rosebowl who ran 92 kilometers from Southburn on Saturday and in doing so, rose from sixth to first place to claim the point series title. winter throughout the season.
Before the final race, Best was 17 points behind leader David Rush, with Andy Hilton, Craig Domigan, Nick Pow and Hamish McDonald also between him and the first.
In the end, however, the 25 points from the first were enough to win the title as Pow was the best with a ninth place for six points while the rest were given four points for finishing outside the top 10.
Best, who started in the third peloton, took two hours 31 minutes 5 seconds for the race and won the sprint ahead of second station wagon riders Thomas Allan and Cameron Anderson with Dave Whitaker, Nathan Sloan, Nigel Morris, Doreen Lembke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Pow and Grant Cook completing the top 10.
Invercargill visitor Hunter Gough posted the fastest time from fellow scratch scorers Sam Ritchie and Guy Yarrell. Gough and Ritchie both clocked 2: 10.8 with Yarrell a second behind.
Best, who missed the first race of the season, finished with 175 points, three ahead of Rush, Hilton 168, Domigan 166 and Pow 162 completing the top five.
In the Under-17s, the day belonged to Olivia Greenaway with a final round victory to win the Tom Flett Cup, but the one-season battle fell to Armani McLennan.
Emily Toomey and Zach Brookland occupied the podium on Saturday and Mitchell Brookland set the fastest time for Jesse Johnston.
McLennan finished the season with 194 points, Caleb Turner second with 187 and Greenaway climbing to third with 183.
Johnson was named the most improved runner of the season as he went from average scores to zero in a year that included winning the club’s title and two gold medals in the island’s high schools. South.
Ella Turnbull received the Spirit of Cycling award for the junior who showed great spirit and sportsmanship.
The season’s honors in the development category which included eight new riders out of 19 contestants went to Ivy Tackney with three wins, one second and three thirds. Thomas Stevenson was third and Logan Cuthbertson third.