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Breaking news - Raleigh Twenty Race Results from Oamaru

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Breaking news - Raleigh Twenty Race Results from Oamaru


If only we had Prince Charles...things would be alright again...

Awaiting the final results from the officials with the Oamaru Ordinary Bicycle Club.

We would like to thank this club for such a marvelous effort in staging these races around the Harbour streets of Oamaru.

OFFICIAL RESULTS ACCORDING TO SAFARI BROS for Raleigh Twenty Races from 21st November 2009 at Oamaru, New Zealand.

MENS Raleigh 20 race of 2 laps:

Mike Harris 1st, Healing Loline 20"
Gordy Paul 2nd,
Mike Shea 3rd

WOMENS Raleigh 20 race of 1 lap:

Mandy Mayhem 1st
Maxine Woodhouse 2nd
Fiona Hancock 3rd

The races were studded with fabulous stars such as Artist extraordinaire Donna Demente and her poodle in various guises took to the streets on quaint 28" ladies frames and the Raleigh 20 classes also. Pure style .
'Naughty Schoolgirls' too for the decerning eyes. A sensation was the Internet Romeo who was rumoured to arrive and was there trying to shake off his Armed Offender minders. A picture of him appears in Monday 23rd November edition, of the Otago Daily Times Tabloid,at ' full tilt' fleeing from Police...[see 'Regions pp.15-17'], on a green metallic Healing single speed with drop bars and Brooks saddle. The elusive but not dishevelled, student Internet Romeo was dressed in colour coordinated lichen green 70s imitation tweed suit with buttoned band on the back. The experience was drenched in nostalgia for the riding romeo as his romantic love affair with the German bird Maja Gille had passage through these very streets on their planned trip to Kaikoura in February 2009.
Other interesting entrants were the baker who had an impromptu go on a delivery bicycle. A very interesting English chap with extremely interesting English bicycles from the 1930s, one with wooden rims. His American female friend rode a maroon 'Street Superb’.

All eyes were agog as a verbose gesticulating woman with a large bustier and bare belly in a red polka dot dress won the women's Raleigh 20 race against appx 20 other competitors. $200 prize money donated by Safari Bros..
An imaculate blue Healing lowline tandem featuring a mother and son duo, streaked in last but not disgraced, as only mum was pedalling.
A dapper Mike Harris of Oamaru took away the prestigous Safari Bros $500 first prize in the men's Raleigh 20 race over two laps of the Harbour / Tyne Street circuit on an unmodified Healing Loline 20" left in 2nd gear.' Mike cleaned up all the veteran bicycle races on a late 1930s- 1940s BSA men's frame with sq section adjustable racing bars. He rode to the top of the gut buster street effortlessly along with two others including the English gentleman, all on English veteran Bikes.


Penny Farthing Race results tba ie: we are awaiting the results.

Competitors went to a variety of venues after the races, including the new fabulous Oamaru Ordinary Bicycle Club Clubroom by the Railway line in Harbour Street. This is a must see as a working museum with numerous tricycles, Scottish replica wooden bicycle, many Penny Farthings and other old bicycles. Lots of photographs adorn the walls and they have these ideal little cards you can buy for about $8.00 with various cycling scenes of the by gone days upon them with a local flavour. The signage on the exterior of the clubrooms is a joy to behold in period signwriters serif fonts and distressed paint media.
You can sit astride the the static photographers working Penny Farthing Ordinary Bicycle with a Victorian backdrop to have your picture taken to send back home...an interesting collection of old brand chainwheels rest on the beams of the clubhouse that was the former Oamaru Testing Station.

A very well organised event by David Wilson and his club members who invited the local Safari Bros Raleigh Group of Oamaru to participate by creating classes for this type of urban commuter bike. Hats off to the local police, scrutineers and stewards and tireless supporters who gave up their weekend for this annual successful Heritage event
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A successful event hosted by the Safari Bros Bicycle club in conjunction with the Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club in the heart of the Victorian Oamaru Precinct.
Entries were up on last year and entrants came from afar afield as Auckland, Motueka, Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru and Dunedin New Zealand.

The Start was adjacent the Criterion Hotel - Finish line on the Oamaru Cycle Workshop Corner.

Winner of the Men's and Women's New Zealand Championships for the Raleigh 20 Class; were Stefan Cook riding for www.mobros.co.nz from Ashburton and Bianca Bogan of Oamaru.

Stefan Cook also took away the big RETRO FUNK cash prize of the $450.00 ' wowee he got the double' [ an old 60s/70s NZ TV advt slogan].He allowed his phone number to be published and that is 021 869875. www.mobros.co.nz relates to a men's moustache growing competiton supported by NZ Cancer Foundation, ANZ and other sponsers and it relates to raising funds and awareness for mens health. Each moubro grows moustache for November and gets sponsers[public] to put coins into his bike mounted donation box. So maybe he is donating all the winnings to charity and men's health.

Bianca was intoxicated with her winnings as she took away Women's Raleigh 20 classes against a dozen other competitors.
Entries in the men's class numbered 29. So next year they may have to look at heats as a number of competitors had to start a second line at the start.

When interveiwed after the race; Stefan admitted his race winning tactics were to drink Bundaberg Rum (yellow label) the night before and use 2nd gear only on his 3 speed Raleigh 20. Shifting gears took too long. His $10.00 Ice Green metallic Raleigh 20, with a concentric ringed chainwheel looked about a 77 -78 model and was replete with an unbalanced single blue pannier on one side of the the carrier. Seemed like wind resistance would have been against Stefan as the breeze was chilly going up Tyne street. Fiona seemed a bit chesty from the cold wind in Harbour street and she rode a similar solid red model with the same frame graphics 'Raleigh 20'.

One of the key themes of the Safari Bros is RETRO fashion and looking stylely, fly, with it etc FAB Virgil. Many entrants kitted themselves out at Canon's Retro Funk shop off Teste and Tyne Oamaru, which functioned as HQ for the days events.

So What were the winners wearing?

Stefan's outfit for the race day consisted of: a Yellow kayak or skateboard helmet.Matching this was his chunky thick yellow mens socks. He wore black REEF jandals with a bottle opener incorporated into the sole. A dark blue synthetic windbreaker jacket with chevronned red and sky blue panels on the front under which he wore a grey singlet with black piping and long black trousers. . .He was sporting his November moustashe grown for charity.

Bianca No 38; who is a dark blonde with bright blue eyes and an atavistic face wore a blue metallic skateboard helmet under which she had a grey woolen skull cap and sunglasses. To break the cool air she had on a pink & blue windbreaker with white/grey graffiti panels. Under this she wore a grey and white diamond patterned long sleeved woolen mix jumper.Bianca chose dark blue cotton shorts to the knee with bare legs with black socks and red Gym boots. Her mount had bright yellow hand grips and a red frame. She also came second in the Healing 20 Class on a late metallic green model, with bolt on pedals.Way to go Bianca.

The start of the Womens Raleigh race was delayed when last year's winner Mandy Mayhem of Waitati, Dunedin
had a flat front tyre. Mike the Men's winner from last year and the absolute gentleman came to her aid, while Mandy held his lovely daughter Esther.
Despite waving her ensculled battle club and Donna Demente art inspired fashion accessories; Mandy was unable to regain her title this year.

Some interesting bikes turned up such as a 100 spoked wheel Raleigh 20 with plush red banana seat. A rare early UK local market interim condition Raleigh Twenty also owned by Stefan, Healing Cruiser 3 speed with rear disc.Two Healing Micros also.The best was Rory Symths SPEIGHTS tandem with stereo sound system and oohgah horn and Merino ramshead mascot. Brilliantly conceived and engineered Rory. George Thorogood and the Destroyers never sounded so good.

A good pile up at the Cri Hotel corner during the men's Healing 20 Race, involved lots of blood, bruising and scars. Josh a local lad, had to be admitted to hospital for coming off at the Oamaru Cycle Workshop corner, during the later Raleigh 20 Race.

The Penny Farthings were great to watch but not as many races for that class this year. A nice old men's Raleigh and Mike BSA with new low bars turned up for the veteran race. I was annoyed the others race of recumbents and tandems only did one lap.

Official Results:

as per the Monday edition of The Otago Daily Times 23rd November 2010:

Raleigh 20 and Healing 20 Cycle NZ Championships.
Slow race penny-farthing: John Davey (Christchurch) 1, Shane Price (Christchurch) 2, Graeme Simpson (Oamaru) 3.
Slow race veteran cycles: Oliver Briggs (Oamaru) 1, Gavin Cox (Palmerston) 2, Colin Barnes (Haumoana) 3.
Slalom penny-farthing: John Davey 1, Damien McNamara (Oamaru) 2.
Slalom veteran cycles: Oliver Briggs 1, Mandy Mayhem (Waitati) 2.
Sprint penny-farthing: John Davey 1, Greg Davies (Oamaru) 2, Shane Price 3.
Raleigh 20 men's national: Stefan Cook (Ashburton) 1, Glen Bathgate (Motueka) 2, Chester Tiddes (Oamaru) 3.
Raleigh 20 women's national: Bianca Bogan (Oamaru) 1, Erica Cusack (Oamaru) 2, Stella Tyson (Oamaru) 3.
Healing women's national: Erica Cusack 1, Bianca Bogan 2, Maxine Waterhouse (Oamaru) 3.
Healing men's national: Stefan Cook 1, Chester Tiddes 2, Rory Clifford 3.
National penny-farthing men's open: Shane Price 1, John Davey 2, Graeme Simpson 3.
National penny-farthing women's open: Jane Matchett 1, Julie Walker (Oamaru) 2, Helen Jansen (Oamaru) 3.
National veteran cycle men's open: Oliver Briggs 1, Mike Harris (Oamaru) 2, Gavin Cox 3.
National veteran cycle women's open: Andrea Thomas (Christchurch) 1, Vanessa Davies (Oamaru) 2, Helen Jansen 3.
Tyne St grunter: John Davey 1, Graeme Simpson 2, Bill Blair (Kakanui) 3.
Over 50s veteran cycle and penny-farthing open: Colin Barnes 1, John Davey 2, Chris Jones (Oamaru) 3.
Novelty race: Iain Clark (Oamaru) 1, Dale Fraser and Donald Smith (tandem) (Oamaru) 2, Graeme Simpson 3.
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