Around Brunner Cycle Race takes riders through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer – Lake Poerua, Rotomanu and Moana, all nestled between the spectacular Southern Alps and tranquil Lake Brunner.

The 14th edition on 1 May included participants from top elite teams racing for victory, everyday weekend warriors crossing a bucket ride off their list and local relay teams riding for fun.

Oxford Edge Cycling Team had a plan to launch elite U23 rider Guy Yarrell up the road. Soon after the start, Yarrell and another elite rider, Richard Lawson, formed a working relationship to breakaway from the field controlled by Yarrell’s Oxford Edge teammates Michiel van Heyningen, D’Arcy Sanders and Jaxson Whyte.

Champion Guy Yarrell 3rd from left

While the chasing group fought over the final podium spot, Yarrell and Lawson built a five minute lead. The race came down to a 2-up sprint with Yarrell narrowly edging out Lawson to win the 140 kilometre race in 3:22:31 at an average speed of 41.48kph.

Sharlotte Lucas was the first women at 3:30:42 and finished 10th overall.

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