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e Coast Road Cycle Challenge
returns on Saturday, pitting cyclists
in a 100km race from Westport to
Greymouth along the scenic Coast
Event manager Phil Lemon said it
was the second year since the race had
changed direction, now starting in
Westport and finishing in Greymouth.
"Competitors like that better, you get
all the big hills out of the way first,"
In addition to the full 100km race is
the 45km Punakaiki Express race to
give people new to cycling the chance to
"We have also got a number of young
riders this year as well, which is really
exciting, to have 14-15-year-olds
doing a lot of cycling and giving them
something to compete in."
As of Monday, 60 people were entered
in the main ride and 21 in the shorter
ride, with some entries still pending.
Lemon said the shorter ride acted as an
entry level event.
"It s how we inject people into cycling."
Former New Zealand road cycle
champion Gordon McCauley will be
lining up, having just completed the
Tour of Southland.
Lemon said it was great to get someone
of McCauley s pedigree on the Coast to
motivate the other riders.
"You get to peg yourself against a guy
who has got five New Zealand titles."
McCauley was held in high regard
and other riders would get a chance to
meet him. "Especially the younger guys,
because he s a hero in those young guys
Lemon said it was his five-year goal to
get riders from the lower North Island
involved in the event and build up to
about 300 cyclists.
" at s what we re after, spreading the
e race has even attracted some
international entries from cyclists
who happened to be travelling in the
country. Apart from a few last minute
preparations, everything is ready for
"It s just a matter of bring on the day."
Graham Court, left, trainer, Ricky May driver, Paul Court trainer
and Terry McDonald owner of Terror to Love celebrate the win.
Terror To Love is going to be given
his chance at becoming the greatest
pacer in Addington history after his
jaw-dropping win in yesterday s New
Zealand Trotting Cup.
e equine Adonis did what should
have been impossible by recovering
from a shock early gallop that cost him
30m and valuable field position to win
his third New Zealand Cup yesterday.
He becomes only the third horse in
110 years to achieve the threepeat but
his treble is the most amazing as he
paced the second fastest time ever in the
great race, his 3:57 for the 3200m just
0.6 of a second outside Changeover s
Considering what he lost at the start
and the fact he had to cover extra
ground going around the field three
wide, his was the greatest staying
performance on the clock in New
Zealand harness racing history.
But once owner Terry McDonald had
recovered from a race "that gave me
a few heart problems" he declared his
champion deser ves his shot at owning a
Cup record that will never been beaten.
"If he had been beaten today then
he was going to stud next year," said
"But now we have to give him a shot
at winning his fourth Cup don t we? So
all things going well, we will be back
here next season."
Terror To Love was not the only
superstar finding his unique place in
history yesterday, with driver Ricky May
recording his seventh win in the race,
one more than the great Cecil Devine.
It was a win May never gave up on
even when all looked lost as Terror
To Love was second last and the two
other favourites Fly Like An Eagle and
Christen Me led and trailed 35m in
front of him.
"I still thought I could win," May said.
"I knew it would be tough and to be
honest I was in shock because he never
gallops. But if any horse could win from
there it was him."
May did not panic, moved three wide
at the 1800m mark and was gifted the
lead by Mark Purdon on Fly Like An
Eagle at the bell.
"My horse was getting keen and I
needed to hand up. We had our chance
after, the other horse was just too good,"
ere were no excuses from Dexter
Dunn either behind Christen Me,
who trailed, got clear at the top of the
straight and seemed to hit a wall at the
100m mark, battling into third.
"He was good and didn t pull too hard
so we had our chance. I am just not sure
then 3200m suited him," Dunn said.
While next year s Cup looms large
in the plans for Terror To Love, more
immediate is proving a point to his
Australian doubters. While he has
accrued $1.9million in stakes in his 24
wins from 54 starts, he has never won
in Australia, where a major victory will
greatly increase his stallion value.
So trainers Graham and Paul Court
will allow him to bypass Friday s NZ
Free-For-All to aim at the $A750,000
Miracle Mile in Sydney on November
en he has $2m worth of options
over the summer, the Victoria Cup,
Hunter Cup and Interdominion before
another shot at the Auckland Cup,
which he has run second in twice.
But none of them will mean as much
to his connections as a third New
Zealand Cup. Or the possibility of a
fourth. --- APNZ
Grey Main School aspiring NRL
rugby league players had the rare
opportunity today to train and meet the
Australian Rugby League Academy age
group players and former NRL stars,
Canterbury Bulldogs captain, State
of Origin and Australian test players,
Andrew Ryan and Brad Drew.
Fresh from a 60-4 win over the
West Coast premiers, at Wingham
Park last night, the visiting squad and
management took time out to visit the
" e programme is tied in with the
Australian Institute of Sport programme
and the NRL," manager Martin
" e players are identified as 16-year-
olds throughout Australia and attend the
programme for two to three years. ey
are prospective NRL players of the
"Normally, we would travel to Europe
but due to the World Cup we decided to
come to New Zealand s South Island,
and I must say we are really enjoying our
time here on the West Coast," Meredith
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Australian Academy manager Martin Meredith, West Coast Rugby League development officer Paddy Byrne and former NRL players Brad Drew and Andrew Ryan, with academy players and Grey Main School keen rugby league players before a training session this
with rising stars
PICTURES: Getty Images
Ricky May drives Terror to Love to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup ahead of Fly Like An Eagle driven
by Mark Purdon yesterday at Addington Raceway, in Christchurch.
lines up for
Terror to Love
One stands 1.96m, weighs close to 130kg and
goes by the nickname Dogzilla and the other
has been described as a wrecking ball, but the
reality is Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney will
probably have to omit one from his team to face
Scotland on Saturday morning.
It was not that long ago that it was often a
case of who to put in rather than who to leave
out of the New Zealand side but Kearney
and assistant Ivan Cleary have some difficult
decisions to make as the Kiwis head into the
knock-out phase of the World Cup.
e defending champions base a large part
of their game around forward dominance and
have arguably the best pack at the World Cup.
e biggest selection dilemma will be around
which world-class front-rower to leave for their
quarter-final in Leeds, assuming Kearney opts
to go with his best playing 17.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is an automatic
choice as one of the most powerful front-
rowers in the game, and Jesse Bromwich and
Ben Matulino are also likely starters. at
would mean either Sam Kasiano or Sam Moa
being left out of the four-prop rotation.
Kasiano and Moa present compelling cases
for inclusion for different reasons.
Kasiano, who is the only one of the five
props to have played in all three games so far,
is huge (officially 1.96m and 122kg but closer
to 130kg) but also has soft hands and a good
engine. Dogzilla, as he is often referred to, is
comfortable playing the ball at the line and
has produced seven offloads at the World Cup,
which is second only in the Kiwis squad to
Sonny Bill Williams (12).
Moa is a lot more compact (1.83m and 105kg)
and very direct. It is rare for him to produce an
offload but he often provides a quick-play-the-
ball, which is when hooker Issac Luke is at his
most dangerous, and has a high work-rate (55
Bromwich admitted there was a little
nervousness in the camp around the naming of
"We don t talk much about (the competition
among the props) but we all quietly know about
it," the Melbourne front-rower said.
"It s a competitive team and everyone wants to
be playing. Once you get that chance you have
to really take it." --- APNZ
Top props make Kiwis decisions difficult
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