Alex Frame made a winning return to New Zealand racing after missing selection for the Rio Olympics, winning today’s elite race in the third round of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series, the Nelson Classic.
After missing the final cut to make the national endurance track squad for Rio Frame returned home from his European base, and riding for the Mike Greer Homes Cycling team Frame won a large bunch sprint ahead of Tom Hubbard and team mates Ben Johnstone and Tim Rush to win the 125 kilometre elite race in three hours and eight minutes.
“The Mike Greer boys just controlled it and we looked after ourselves,” Frame says.
“We did everything we meant to, got the job done, rolled Tom (Hubbard) at the finish and Ben was third, so it was a good day.”
In some consolation for Tom, his second placing sees him take a narrow lead in the series over Tim while Johnstone consolidated his lead in the Under 23 classification. Chris Denholm from Team Skoda Racing made a strong first appearance in the series, coming home ninth which was enough to take the Under 19 series leaders jersey off Ethan Batt.
Alex says he had no real expectations heading into today’s race, being more focused on getting a result for Johnstone, so was happy to sit in the bunch for the first half of the race and as the racing went on felt stronger and when the racing all came back together towards the end felt confident about winning the sprint.
“I came good near the end and felt sweet as everyone was getting a bit tired.
“I just looked after myself at the finish trying to get Ben up for the win, so just followed everything and then Tom hit it so I followed him and looked back and Ben was gone so had to roll Tom for the win.”
The next round in the series is in Dunedin on Saturday September 10.